Have You Been Injured In A Georgia Bus Accident?
Many people rely on public transportation, whether it’s to get to work or to send their children to school, we often accept or believe (justifiably or not) that busses are safer and more convenient options. For some, they are the only option, and we have to choose to put our trust in the manufacturers of the bus and those that drive, run, and maintain them to keep us safe. However, this trust is not always earned. In fact, there are approximately 60,000 bus accidents in the United States each year, resulting in tens of thousands of injuries.
Georgia Bus Accidents
Just this week, there was a serious MARTA bus accident, which left a MARTA bus totaled and wedged against another vehicle, wrapped around a pole. The driver and a passenger were both injured and transported to local hospitals for treatment. The accident is believed to have been caused by a driver of a sedan who ran a red light, causing the MARTA bus to swerve. However, the huge glass front of the MARTA bus in combination with a lack of restraints and standing passengers put the driver and passengers at increased risk of injury upon impact with the pole.
These accidents are unfortunately all too common. In January, a collision between a vehicle and a Georgia school bus was tragically fatal.
Bus Accident Injuries
Like car accidents, there is a broad and almost infinite number and kind of injuries that can result from a bus accident, including broken bones, sprains, concussions, and even death. However, due to the unique construction and operation of busses, they also have the potential to cause different kinds of injuries. For instance, busses have a high center of gravity that makes them particularly prone to roll-over accidents. Combined with the lack of restraints, this can cause severe injuries to passengers who are unable to remain in their seats, and tumble up to 12 feet up and down against seats, other passengers, metal objects, and projectiles. Additionally, the process of getting on and off the bus, and the dual closing doors can result in dragging injuries, strangulation, and even death, that would be rare in car accidents.
How a Lawyer Can Help
Bus accidents can be far more complex to navigate than car accidents. Many individuals riding the bus do not have their own insurance coverage or own vehicles, and are left injured with no idea of who to turn to for support or who they can hold accountable. Additionally, even if it is clear that a third-party driver was at fault, they may lack sufficient insurance coverage for a bus-full of injured people. For this reason, having a lawyer to help you navigate the process, determine liable parties, and find a clear path forward toward compensation and support, can be invaluable in the aftermath of a bus accident.
Talk to Hawkins Spizman Trial Attorneys
If you or a loved one have been injured in a Georgia bus accident, you don’t have to shoulder the burden alone. The experienced Cobb County personal injury attorneys at Hawkins Spizman are ready to zealously advocate on your behalf. Serving Atlanta, Dunwoody, Alpharetta, Cobb County, Fulton County, Gwinnett County, Johns Creek, Sandy Springs, and the greater Georgia area, Hawkins Spizman Trial Attorneys will get you the compensation that you are entitled to. Call today to schedule a free consultation.