Bus and Public Transit Accidents

The owners or administrators of public transportation companies or departments owe it to their passengers to provide them with a safe environment in which to travel. When they fail to do so, our tenacious legal team at Walker Wallace PLC is here to help you fight for the compensation you deserve for your injuries. We want to ensure that the offending parties are made to pay for their negligent practices so that future travelers will not have to suffer the same fate.

Bus accidents typically involve multiple victims

Motor vehicle crashes involving buses put a wide variety of passengers at risk for serious injuries. For many citizens of Louisville, public transportation using TARC (Transit Authority of River City) is a convenience, but for others it is necessity and provides their only way to get around the city.

Charter buses are also available for hire, taking customers on longer journeys – often to other states. School buses take our children to and from school each day, and on field trips. Greyhound and other bus companies provide low-cost travel nationwide.

In each case, the owner of the bus, whether it is the city or a private charter company, owes the passengers a standard of care to ensure their safety. When accidents happen, the operator of the bus may be liable to the injured passengers. In 2012 alone, for instance, there were 746 reported school bus collisions in Kentucky that resulted in 301 injuries and three fatalities. At Walker Wallace PLC, we hold each operator liable for any negligence and make them pay for the damages they cause.

Common causes of bus accidents

Our attorneys at Walker Wallace PLC litigate for victims of bus wrecks to help them secure the financial compensation they deserve and facilitate the greatest recovery possible. Common causes of bus accidents include:

  • Failure to inspect equipment accurately
  • Failure to repair equipment properly
  • Insufficient training of staff
  • Operator error or misconduct, such as speeding, failure to obey signals or cell phone use
  • Neglect of a dangerous situation, such as a spill, broken seat or belligerent passenger

Going after a big company or public transportation entity for damages can be a difficult task because you are battling a goliath. Our personal injury attorneys push big companies and government agencies to settle claims in a reasonable amount of time to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. We review accident reports, witness statements, maintenance records when the accident involves defective equipment, driver logs, and any other shred of evidence in the pursuit of holding negligent parties responsible.

Public transportation accidents involve a wide variety of vehicles

Collisions involving public transportation can refer to as many different modes of travel. The types of vehicles used in public transportation include:

  • Municipal buses and trains
  • Sightseeing or tour buses
  • Commercial buses and trains
  • Taxis

Our bus and public transportation crash attorneys are familiar with wrecks involving all of these vehicles.

Because of the wide variety of vehicles and the high number of passengers traveling, the types of crashes can be diverse. From slip and fall accidents on wet platforms or aisles to doors closing as passengers are attempting to load, administrators and operators must pay extra attention to the equipment and facilities that serve their customers to prevent unnecessary mishaps from occurring.

Contact our Louisville, KY, bus and public transportation attorneys today

At Walker Wallace PLC, we realize how damaging a bus and public transportation accident can be for you and your family. While we work to settle your case as quickly as possible, we are prepared to take your fight to court if necessary. Whether you were injured or lost a loved one because of negligence, we can help. Contact us today at 502-937-1125 or visit us online to schedule a free initial consultation. Or, if you’d like, stop by our office on St. Andrews Church Road. The parking is always free-and so is the initial consultation.