Motor vehicle drivers, motorcyclists, and bicyclists frequently share the road with buses. Tourist buses, shuttle buses to major transportation hubs, interstate buses, and school buses all move large numbers of people across the state.
Unfortunately, buses are large, top-heavy vehicles and they are particularly ill-suited to mountainous roadways and winter weather conditions—both features of life in Vermont. Bus accidents can cause serious, permanent injury and death, to passengers and the occupants of other vehicles.
If you have suffered a loss because of a bus accident, seek help from an experienced Burlington bus accident lawyer as soon as you can. Drew Palcsik, a seasoned personal injury attorney will work to hold the responsible parties accountable and help ensure you receive fair compensation.
Common Negligent Actions
When people do not exercise reasonable care in their duties, Vermont law allows you to hold that party responsible for any harm they cause. In bus accident cases, some examples of negligent action are:
- Driver fatigue
- Inadequate training of driver
- Driving too fast for conditions
- Mechanical failure
- Failure to maintain the bus properly
In all these cases, there is a duty to passengers and other users of the public roads, and the bus owners failed to do their duty.
Sometimes a lawsuit against a bus company becomes a suit against the State of Vermont. For example, Vermont may contract with a bus company to provide transportation services for disabled people, or for students in the Vermont public university system. If one of these buses causes your injuries, you must look to the State for satisfaction of your claim, which is more limited than claims against ordinary citizens or businesses.
Types Of Damages You Can Recover
When negligence causes a bus accident that results in injury or death, the negligent party owes the injured party damages. Vermont entitles an injured person to damages for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, mental anguish, disfigurement, loss of enjoyment of life, and other harm.
Unfortunately, Vermont has enacted a law protecting itself from liability in cases like these. 12 V.S.A. §5601 limits the damages available to $500,000 per person, and $2,000,000 per incident. In a bus accident with many injured persons, the $2,000,000 limit will not stretch far. Drew Palcsik, an aggressive Burlington bus accident lawyer will help make sure that clients receive an appropriate share of the limited funds available when the State of Vermont is the defendant.
The Statute of Limitations is Running Out
A person who has a claim for an injury or loss has a limited time to file a lawsuit establishing that claim. That time limit is called a “statute of limitations.” The Vermont statute of limitations for most personal injury cases, including bus accidents, is three years from the date of the collision.
A Burlington Bus Accident Lawyer Can Fight for What You Deserve
When you suffer injuries in an accident, or tragically lose a loved one, no amount of money can provide adequate relief for your pain and sorrow.
You are more likely to get a fair outcome if you entrust your case to a Burlington bus accident lawyer than if you try to handle it by yourself. Drew Palcsik knows how to present your case to insurance companies and will not be intimidated into accepting a smaller settlement than the evidence merits.
Contact Champlain Valley Law to schedule a consultation with Drew today.