Accidents involving buses and other forms of public transportation are more common than most realize. If you or a loved one was injured in a bus accident due to negligence, contact the Columbus bus accident lawyers with KNR as soon as possible.
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Columbus Bus Accidents
Sustaining an injury in a bus accident can be upsetting. It is likely that the accident was not your fault, and the consequences may be far worse than you expected. With medical bills, car repair costs, and several other expenses looming, Kisling, Nestico & Redick can help.
Our experienced and dedicated Columbus bus accident lawyers can assess your situation quickly and give you the best possible chance of recovering maximum compensation.
Call KNR today at (614) 487-8669 for a free, no-risk consultation abut your options after being hurt in a Columbus bus accident.
Your Rights After a Columbus Buss Accident
Due to their massive size, buses can cause devastation when they are involved in collisions. Unfortunately, these accidents occur more frequently than you may realize. If you or a loved one was injured in any type of bus accident, it may be possible for you to recover compensation by filing a personal injury claim.
COTA Bus Accidents
The Central Ohio Transportation Authority (COTA) is a state-sponsored agency that operates city buses throughout the region. COTA is considered a “political subdivision” which grants some legal protections against civil liability in the event of an accident. These laws are explained in Ohio Revised Code section 2744, but there are limits to their level of immunity. Based on the circumstances and degree of COTA’s negligence, you may be able to pursue damages after an auto accident involving a COTA bus.
OSU Campus Bus Accidents
OSU campus busses are a common site in Downtown Columbus. These are university-owned buses tasked with transporting students across Ohio State University’s sprawling campus. Since these buses are privately owned, they follow a more straightforward liability standard concerning negligence and injury-causing accidents.
School Bus Accidents
Every day parents entrust their children’s safety to school bus drivers and the districts themselves. When this trust is broken by negligent drivers or school district policies and injuries result, it means that claims are handled a little differently. Typically, Ohio schools have what’s known as “qualified immunity,” but based on the circumstances, bus drivers, the district, the bus company, and even bus manufactories can still be held liable.
Columbus Buss Accidents: Common Causes
Determining who was at fault for your bus accident is essential if you want to pursue a financial recovery. If an accident that resulted in injuries was caused by another person’s irresponsibility, the victim is entitled to seek funds for their losses.
Many of the common causes of bus accident include, but are not limited to:
- Confusion while driving in heavily populated areas
- Obstacles due to road construction
- Distracted driving
- Lack of proper bus maintenance
- Bus drivers under the influence of alcohol and other drugs
Common Injuries in Bus Accidents
Injuries arising from bus collisions are common and can be serious. A bus is massive, and when it collides with a car or truck, the force it generates is transferred from itself to the smaller vehicle.
On top of causing damage, passengers and drivers are often severely injured. Injuries that are frequently sustained in bus crashes are listed below:
- Broken bones
- Dislocated joints
- Memory loss
- Severe and permanent cognitive deficits
Bus Accident: Pursuing Compensation
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), crashes involving buses and large trucks are increasing across the United States. Between 2013 and 2014, these crashes saw a 21 percent increase from 73,000 to 88,000.
The process for seeking compensation after these incidents does not have to be frightening. Our Columbus bus accident attorneys at KNR can guide you through every step of the legal process. This includes filing a lawsuit and helping you determine how much you should seek for your losses.
In cases where an injury has been sustained in a bus accident, funds are often obtained for the following expenses:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Loss of consortium, or relationships
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Physical limitations
Crashes that result in fatalities are treated differently. When someone is killed in an accident, the following loses are often sought through a wrongful death lawsuit:
- Loss of financial contributions
- Loss of comfort and society provided by the deceased
- Loss of potential inheritance
- Funeral and burial expenses
KNR’s Columbus Bus Accident Lawyers Can Help
Whether your injuries were minor or severe, you deserve to be compensated for your losses. The first step to regaining your financial freedom is seeking skilled legal representation.
Our team won’t let large insurance companies, bus companies, or school districts diminish your injuries or cast doubt on your claim. From filing paperwork to constructing an argument that gives your case the best possible chance, we’ll investigate your bus accident, obtain the necessary evidence, work with your doctors, and illustrate the full impact of the harm done.
At KNR our Columbus attorneys will:
- Answer your questions and concerns
- Keep you updated during all stages of the process
- Obtain medical records about the extent of your injuries
- Identify the responsible party for you bus accident
- Determine the fair and full value of your damages
- Negotiate for maximum compensation
- Fight for everything you deserve in court if necessary
Contact KNR Today. Free Consults
Our Columbus buss accident injury lawyers know that your case depends on listening to your story and gathering all the evidence. Then we can prove that you were not at fault and deserve compensation. Let us handle your case, ensuring you have the best possible chance of receiving compensation.
With locations throughout Ohio and a long history of fighting for people like you. If you have questions, speak to an experienced attorney today. Call us at (614) 487-8669 or use our online form to schedule a 100% free consultation.