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Summerville Bus Accident Lawyer

Whether you are injured due to a bus accident involving a vehicle in the TriCounty Link system in Summerville, or an injury results from a collision involving a school bus or a charter bus, it is important to know that you could be eligible to file a claim in order to seek compensation. Bus accidents are not as common as other types of crashes in the Summerville area, but they can cause debilitating and deadly injuries when they do occur because of the size and weight of many buses. Contact our experienced Summerville bus accident lawyer today to find out more about seeking compensation.

Common Causes of Summerville Bus Accidents

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), bus accidents have risen since 2020, and more people are being injured in crashes involving various types of buses. Serious and deadly bus accidents are classified by the FMCSA as intercity bus accidents (accounting for 11 percent of serious and fatal injuries), school bus accidents (accounting for 37 percent), and transit and private coach buses (accounting for 36 percent).

As you can see from the above data, school buses and charter or transit buses tend to be involved in the most severe accidents that happen. What causes these bus accidents? Common causes include but are not limited to the following:

  • Negligent bus driving, such as fatigued driving, distracted driving, speeding, and intoxicated driving;
  • Negligent driver of another car involved in the crash;
  • Defective bus or vehicle part;
  • Negligent maintenance of the bus or another vehicle involved in the accident; and
  • Inclement weather.

Pedestrians and bicyclists can suffer particularly devastating injuries when they are struck by buses, but occupants of smaller motor vehicles can also be seriously injured in these crashes, as can bus passengers.

Injuries in Summerville Bus Accidents

Bus accidents can result in various injuries for which victims may be able to seek compensation, such as:

  • Traumatic brain injuries;
  • Broken bones;
  • Spinal cord injuries;
  • Internal bleeding and organ damage;
  • Amputations;
  • Lacerations; and
  • Disfigurement

File a Lawsuit After a Summerville Bus Accident

If you want to file a lawsuit after a Summerville bus accident, you should seek advice from a lawyer as soon as possible. Your attorney can help you to determine whether the bus driver or another party is liable for your injuries, and then you can take steps toward filing your lawsuit against the party or parties responsible. Under South Carolina law, you will likely need to file your lawsuit within three years from the date of the bus accident.

While three years might seem like a significant amount of time, it is important to keep in mind that this time can go by quickly — especially if you are going through the process for an initial auto insurance claim — and the longer you wait, the more difficult it may be to obtain strong evidence to support your case.

Contact The Stanley Law Group Today

Were you or your child injured in a bus accident in the Summerville area, either while riding the bus, while in another motor vehicle, or on foot or on a bicycle? Bus crashes can be devastating for vehicle occupants as well as for bicyclists and pedestrians, and it is important to find out more about seeking compensation for your losses if you  Contact our experienced Summerville bus accident lawyer today.

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