Georgia Bus Accidents: What You Need to Know


August 28, 2010

As early in life as our first school bus ride to the local elementary school, buses have a significant impact on the way we conduct our lives. Our experiences riding a bus may range from taking a bus to school, traveling on a commuter bus to work, riding a transit bus to the mall, using an airport shuttle, or taking a bus to visit a relative in another state. Almost half a million buses transport over 24 million students every day. Despite how often we may hop on a bus, we rarely stop to consider the potential of being involved in a bus accident or suffering serious injury. This is odd when one considers that most buses lack many of the safety features of an automobile, such as seat belts and air bags.

While ignorance may be bliss, it does not change the fact that there was an average of 50,000-63,000 bus crashes per year just in the time period of 1990-2001. According to official school bus accident statistics, 1,450 people have been killed in school bus related accidents alone since 1990. An average of 15,000-21,000 people per year were injured in school bus accidents from 1990-2004. This is not an issue that is without local impact, as 10 people, including nine students, were injured in an auto accident in which three buses and two cars collided on I-95 in April in Glynn County near Brunswick, Georgia.

The law firm of Montlick and Associates has been dedicated to helping people injured in Georgia bus accidents for over 25 years. We know that when someone is the victim of a bus accident in the Atlanta area or anywhere in Georgia, they can suffer catastrophic injuries and even death. Our compassionate team of attorneys and staff are committed to providing the support, passion and dedication that you or your loved ones deserve.

Bus companies are different than many other companies and individuals, because the law classifies them as "common carriers." A common carrier is a business entity that provides transportation to the general public for a fixed rate or established ticket price. A common carrier owes the public an extremely high duty of care and must carefully guard against dangers that may result in injuries to its passengers. With a common carrier, even a small amount of fault by a bus driver or transportation company will likely result in their having some responsibility, even if other parties also contributed to an accident that causes a passenger to be injured. The policy reason behind this high level of responsibility imposed on busing companies is that the public is vulnerable when they entrust their safety to other who have exclusive control over the method of transportation. Basically, the busing company assumes an obligation for keeping its patrons safe.

Busing companies must be diligent in the operation, inspection and maintenance of their buses to comply with the duty imposed on them to protect the public. A busing company must carefully train and supervise both their bus drivers and maintenance staff. It must also protect its passengers from foreseeable risks of harm posed by its employees or other passengers. Drivers must receive proper instruction and comply with appropriate traffic and safety requirements. Many of these requirements are imposed by regulation on common carriers. The attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law have a great deal of experience dealing with these issues.

If you or someone you love are injured in a busing accident in Atlanta or anywhere in Georgia, contact Montlick and Associates for your free consultation. It is important to remember that there are legal time deadlines. No matter how serious a victims injuries, a claim for compensation will be forever barred if a lawsuit is not filed within the required legal time deadline (the statute of limitations). Many bus lines are run by municipal or county governments which impose very strict requirements for filing a claim and the required time can be as short as 6 months. Therefore, it is always important to seek immediate legal advice. If you or someone you love have been injured in a Georgia bus accident, Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law will work closely with you to make sure that your rights are protected and that you have the support and help of an experienced Georgia bus accident attorney.

Our experienced Georgia bus accident attorneys are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located we are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Category: Auto Accidents

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