Buses of all types ferry tens of thousands of passengers across North Carolina on a daily basis. In addition the familiar yellow school buses running mornings and afternoons in each of North Carolina’s 100-plus school districts, there are school and church activity buses, city buses, special event buses, interstate motor coaches, and private tour buses carrying thousands of passengers of all ages all across the state.
Like any other motor vehicle, a bus of any type can get into an accident that may lead to injuries and fatalities. Because of their size and weight, as well as their high passenger capacities, buses can cause more widespread damage and serious injuries in an accident than a passenger vehicle or even a commercial truck typically will.
It is important to act promptly if you or a loved one has been injured in a bus accident. Private bus companies, as well as public bus systems run by municipal governments, have legal teams on their retainer to minimize the impact a crash has on the organization. Anyone injured in a bus crash, whether a bus passenger, driver in another vehicle, pedestrian, or cyclist, should seek legal representation as soon as possible to protect their rights to compensation for medical expenses and other losses.
In North Carolina, the bus accident attorneys of Hardison & Cochran have the knowledge and experience necessary to represent your interests after a bus accident.
The Problem with Bus Accidents
In May of 2012, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which regulates buses and other commercial motor vehicles, announced that in “the largest single safety crackdown in the agency’s history” it has shut down 26 bus operations, declaring them imminent hazards to public safety. The agency said these bus companies transported over 1,800 passengers a day along Interstate95, from New York to Florida and through North Carolina.