Frequently Asked Questions About Charter Bus Accidents in Georgia
Many people in Georgia use charter buses for transportation, vacation travel, and social gatherings. But these outings can quickly turn tragic if the bus is involved in a collision. If you were involved in an accident on or with a charter bus, the questions below may be helpful as you decide whether to pursue a legal claim.
How are Georgia charter bus accidents different from other vehicle accidents?
Accidents involving charter buses can cause extensive damage and extreme injury due to their size, stability, and features. These large vehicles are known to have a lot of weight toward the roof, so when they collide with an obstruction or another vehicle, they have a tendency to overturn. The buses are also not always equipped with seatbelts. People involved in charter bus overturn accidents are therefore vulnerable to being thrown from their seats and sustaining serious injury
In addition, the insurance aspects of a charter bus case will be different from those of a standard vehicle accident case. If the bus was part of public transit, rather than a private bus company, the state and local government will have a role in the case.
What am I eligible to recover in a charter bus case?
Your potential for recovery will depend on the facts of your case. If you have a successful claim, under Georgia law, you could be eligible to recover the following types of damages, among others:
- Past and future medical bills
- Lost income
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Punitive or “Penalty” Damages if the defendant’s conduct is egregious, such as fleeing the scene of the accident or driving while intoxicated (subject to state law)
- Loss of consortium
- Emotional distress
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