“One thing remains the same in every bus accident case we handle. The bus accident victim paid to be a passenger, they trusted the company and they were hurt or killed because the company or it’s driver let them down.”— Jon Ostroff & The Bus Safety Lawyers at Ostroff Law
Causes of Bus Accidents: A Closer Look
Bus accidents may happen as a result of environmental, mechanical, or operational influences. Proving the cause of a crash helps direct liability, so accident victims can effectively pursue the compensation they need.
Sometimes, driving on poor roads or in bad weather is unavoidable. However, bus drivers must do their due diligence to avoid an accident in unsafe environmental conditions. Failure to take appropriate action can lead to injuries and deaths in crashes, multi-vehicle pileups, rollovers, and more.
Dangerous weather conditions include (but are not limited to):
- High winds: Blowing snow or dust can decrease visibility and create obstructions in the road. Strong winds can make maneuvering more difficult, requiring more vigilance on the part of the driver.
- Rain and snow: Precipitation can create slippery roads and decrease the distance a driver can see. Drivers may then have much less time to react to a sudden stop or other issue.
- Fog: At any time of the day, fog can diminish visibility and a driver’s reaction time.
Adverse weather can damage infrastructure and road surfaces, creating year-round hazards. Debris can be an unexpected obstruction, requiring smart maneuvers to avoid a crash.
No matter the environmental conditions at hand, it’s a bus driver’s job to make safe decisions to protect passengers. Negligence on the road can put the bus driver, passengers, and everyone nearby in grave danger.
Since bus companies concentrate on keeping their costs low and their schedules on time, they may skip necessary maintenance work. Buses could be operating with old brakes or tires with no tread. Other times routine engine care has slacked and engines catch fire and belts snap. A bus accident that injures innocent people could have been prevented with properly managed maintenance schedules. Our bus accident injury lawyers help crash victims by collecting the evidence to show exactly how the bus company is responsible.
Bus drivers might drive aggressively and put passengers at risk. When a bus driver is experiencing road rage, they may cut off other drivers, switch lanes without signaling, or drive at an unsafe speed.
In fact, speeding is a top cause of accidents. Discounted bus companies take great measures to keep their costs down and their schedules on time. The more trips scheduled, the more passengers can travel, and the more money the bus company makes. They may push drivers to make their schedules on time, which might make them go faster. However, in doing so they may carelessly overlook certain procedures and maintain unsafe driving speeds on the road. Drivers may also operate their buses when they are tired, which is extremely dangerous.
There's More to Bus Crashes than Meets the Eye
When the news of a bus crash hits the media, it may often appear as if the crash was caused by a simple mistake.
However, our bus injury attorneys are often able to prove that a bus crash occurred because the bus company cared more about profits than bus safety. Big bus companies are often poorly managed. They want to make money transporting their passengers, but they don’t want to spend money protecting them. We know where to look to find the evidence to prove this. When we win cases by proving that bus companies chose profits over safety, our clients get substantially more compensation for the harm they suffered. This is because juries know right from wrong. In the past, our clients have received far more money because the jury chose to punish the big bus company that profits from choosing wrong over right!
Now, it is often the case that because the big bus companies know who we are and that we are good at what we do, once Jon lets them know we are involved, settlements can often result soon thereafter.
If you were seriously injured in a bus accident, the chances are high that once we investigate the cause of your bus crash, we will find out much more about what happened than the police, the media, insurance adjusters and even the bus company that caused the crash. In order to prove what went wrong, we hire the finest bus and crash experts in the country, some of whom even own or operate their own bus companies. With the help of these experts and Jon’s aggressive legal representation, we often obtain substantial recoveries for clients.
Greyhound Bus Company has a requirement in their bus operators manual that if they are in a crash, they should not speak to anyone at the scene about it. As a result, we don’t find out about all of the problems that led to a crash until we talk to passengers, bus company drivers, bus company supervisors and managers, ex-employees, police, ambulance workers and experts on proper bus operation procedures. We often are required to use all of this information to reconstruct the crash and everything that led up to it.
Examples of what Jon Has Proven in Past Cases
In one example, the bus driver claimed he lost control and flipped his bus on the highway because he was trying to avoid something that was suddenly in his lane.
- We proved: He fell asleep.
- We also proved: He told his supervisor he was too tired to drive only an hour before he fell asleep.
- We also proved: His company failed to take any steps to address driver fatigue—despite many serious crashes that occurred because its drivers fell asleep with a busload of passengers.
We made it clear that the company didn’t care enough about its passengers, or for that matter, even its own drivers. As a result of the evidence we uncovered, we were able to obtain very substantial (and quick) settlements for our clients. These settlements were far more than they would have received if their injuries were the result of a simple mistake by the driver.
In another example, the bus driver claimed he lost control of his bus due to icy roads and bad weather.
- We proved: The bus driver was not qualified to operate a bus.
- We also proved: The bus driver failed to control the speed.
- We also proved: The bus driver was not properly trained to drive a large bus.
There are hundreds of causes of bus accidents. We get the answers that help us understand why an accident occurred. We know where to look and the questions to explore. Jon is bus accident injury lawyer who helps victims by finding the evidence that shows exactly how the bus company was responsible for an accident that caused injuries to passengers. Contact Jon to learn how he can prove that the bus company caused your accident injuries.
Our Bus Accident Lawyers Are Changing the Way Bus Companies Do Business
Bus companies talk about “safety” in their advertising. In fact, Greyhound Bus Company advertises “Safety First.” Jon Ostroff and his team of bus safety lawyers have proven that what bus companies really believe is “profit over safety,” because safety costs money. These large companies will spend big money to fight people injured on their buses rather than protecting their passengers. Our team of attorneys is prepared and able to take on these companies.
More than $17 million verdict and paid settlements in recoveries for a group of clients against a national bus company.
$5.5 million verdict with compensatory and punitive damages against Greyhound on behalf of 4 injured passengers.
Mediated settlement for a driver injured in a crash caused by a negligent commercial vehicle driver and company.
$5.7 million settlement for our client who was seriously injured in a crash with a commercial vehicle.