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Unlike more common passenger-vehicle traffic accidents, bus accidents often result in lingering questions about who is responsible and what actually caused the accident.
In addition to the driver, the driver’s employer and the bus maintenance provider could also be held liable for resulting damages. This is why understanding Wisconsin’s bus industry and relevant state and federal regulations is critical to building an effective case in the event that you or a loved one is injured in a bus accident.
The Madison injury lawyers at Boller & Vaughan provide knowledgeable, aggressive representation for accident victims. If you or a family member was hurt in a crash with a bus or other charter vehicle, want to hear from you.
Wisconsin bus accidents result in hundreds of injuries and dozens of fatalities every year. The burden of maintaining a comfortable lifestyle following such an event is beyond what most can manage.
At Boller & Vaughan we sympathize with families enduring catastrophic injury or wrongful death, and we’ll work hard to make things right.
Our Madison injury attorneys can help bus accident victims:
Don’t wait to find out if you’re eligible to receive compensation for injuries. In Wisconsin, bus accident claims must be filed within three years of the accident date.
Your initial consultation with our lawyers is FREE. During your consultation we will evaluate the merits of your case and give you our honest opinion of whether or not it is worth pursuing.
Bus accidents aren’t just dangerous for bus riders; they’re also dangerous for passenger vehicle occupants, cyclists, and pedestrians.
Pedestrians and bikers, for example, account for 30 percent of all bus injuries in Wisconsin. Pedestrians are often children (ages 5 to 7) who are struck by a school bus or passenger vehicle illegally passing a stopped bus.
The most common types of injuries resulting from a bus accident include:
Bus accidents occur for a number of reasons including adverse weather, equipment failure, and negligent driving.
Wisconsin uses a comparative fault system to determine who is responsible for an accident. Even if you are partially to blame for the accident, you can still recover compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, lost income, and other damages.
However, if you’re found partially responsible, compensation is reduced based on the percentage of your fault.
Because there are so many moving parts to bus accidents, an experienced bus accident attorney is usually needed to navigate the trenches.
Bus accidents are not rare events in Wisconsin; unfortunately, many of these accidents involve school buses and young children.
In May 2017, two separate school bus accidents—one in Ashland, the other in Kenosha County—killed two drivers and sent several students to the hospital.
According to the most recent data from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, in 2013 there were 578 total school bus accidents in the state, with high concentrations in counties including Milwaukee (208), Dane (53), Waukesha (34), and Racine (20).
School buses aren’t the only threat either: Transit buses, tour buses, airport shuttles and other charter vehicles are also susceptible to these complex injury crashes in which multiple people and entities are typically involved.
Even though most buses are large and powerful, not all buses have the same driving requirements. In Wisconsin, for example, a commercial driver’s license is required only if the bus is used to carry 16 or more passengers including the driver.
Small shuttles or alternative vehicles may not require special training to operate. In Wisconsin, there are no state requirements to operate a hotel shuttle; the requirements and training are managed by the hotel or another third-party business.
Is a negligent bus driver responsible for your injury? Let the Madison personal injury lawyers at Boller & Vaughan help you sort things out. Call (608) 268-0268 for a FREE case evaluation today.
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