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Millions of people depend on buses for their daily activities. In fact, a 2012 National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) Transportation Review reports that about 450,000 school buses transport 25 million kids to school and back each day across the country. There were also about 764,509 buses registered in the U.S. during that same year. While the number of bus accidents is fairly low, the number of people who get injured or killed in bus wrecks each year is far too high. If you have been involved in an accident with a bus, contact our Colorado bus accident attorneys at The Ramos Law Firm as soon as possible, or complete this form for a no-cost evaluation of your situation.
Accidents involving large trucks or buses account for about 12 percent of all the fatal traffic accidents that occur on U.S. roadways. Of the more than 5 million nonfatal crashes that occurred in 2012 across the country, buses were involved in about 54,000 of them.
In 2012, bus accidents also accounted for:
You can see that bus accidents account for a relatively small number of accidents across the country. While federal and state regulations will continue to work towards increased safety to lower those numbers even further, the issue of a group of passengers, child and adult alike, being in even one bus accident is too many.
The breakdown of the types of buses that were involved in those 2012 fatal crashes include:
The Ramos team is here to help you with many years of experience handling personal injury cases. We have skilled attorneys ready to fight for you. Equally important, we have Dr. Joseph Ramos, an emergency medicine physician who is also an attorney. Dr. Ramos has many years of experience guiding the treatment of the injured.
While Colorado bus accidents don’t occur very often, when they do, it’s usually bad. Take for example a recent bus accident in Aurora when more than a dozen people were injured when two tractor-trailers and two band tour buses were involved in crash. The weather played a factor in the crash, as rain, snow and fog moved in with a spring storm, creating dangerous roadways.
School bus safety is a major concern for every parent in Colorado. So when a negligent driver hits a school bus full of children, like what recently occurred in Colorado Springs, the family members of each child on that bus hold their collective breath until they know the kids are ok. Between 2008 and 2011, there were 212 school bus accidents, of those accidents:
The statistics for Colorado are better than many other states. But if you or someone you love has been injured in a bus accident, you know these statistics don’t mean anything. You and every loved one of every passenger on a bus is counting on the driver to be responsible and attentive and handle the bus in a skilled manner. When a driver fails to do this, because they are tired, were poorly trained, or because they are distracted, the repercussions can be devastating for everyone. If you or your loved one were injured in a bus wreck, contact your Colorado bus accident attorney as soon as possible. You may be able to file a complaint against the driver or bus company for damages for your injuries and losses.
The Ramos Injury Firm has compiled a list of a few of the questions we have answered over the years about Colorado laws and bus accidents.
It’s typical for those injured in bus accidents to be offered a settlement for their injuries. However, we highly recommend that you do not sign any papers or accept any settlement until you speak with your accident attorney. Your attorney will help make sure that any compensation you receive is fair and reasonable and takes into account medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
You should speak with your attorney as soon as possible. They will help you determine if you have a case and who should pay for your injuries. You attorney will need the facts of the case so they can begin their own accident investigations and determine how you should proceed.
If you were hit by a car while waiting for the bus at a stop, then you should speak to your attorney about filing a complaint against the driver of the vehicle. However, if you were injured by a bus, they may take responsibility. You should speak to a highly skilled accident attorney before making any decisions or signing any papers. The bus company nor a car driver may offer you what you need to recover lost wages, medical bills, rehabilitation, or your pain and suffering. Your attorney will fight for you and help you get what you deserve.
The Colorado bus accident lawyers at The Ramos Injury Firm have been fighting for the rights of school bus, motorcoach, and transit accident victims for nearly a quarter century and they stand ready to fight for you. Emergency medical physician and attorney Joseph Ramos and the bike accident team at the Ramos Injury Firm have the skills and experience to guide you through complex legal and medical processes.
If you have been hurt in a Denver bus accident, or elsewhere in Colorado call (303) 733-6353 to speak to one of our truck accident lawyers today for a complimentary case evaluation.
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