Grand Junction Bus Accident Lawyers
After a Tour Bus or City Bus Crash, Talk to Us
Like tractor-trailers and other extremely large vehicles, buses are difficult to maneuver without extensive training and they pose a greater threat to every other vehicle on the road. In Western Colorado, with our mountainous terrain and extreme weather conditions, buses must deal with additional hazards that don’t exist elsewhere.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bus accident, whether you were a passenger on the bus, in another vehicle, or were a pedestrian or cyclist outside the bus, our Grand Junction personal injury lawyers are here to help. Unfortunately, these accidents tend to be more difficult to resolve than normal car accidents, because in most cases, the bus is classified as a commercial or government vehicle. That’s why you should consult with our experienced legal team at Peters & Nolan, LLC, as soon as possible.
In our opinion, one fatality or injury is one too many. Colorado law agrees with us, and there are stiff penalties, both criminal and civil, for any bus driver or bus company that acts in a negligent manner. To learn more about your options, call us today at (970) 243-4357.
Buses Are Considered Commercial Vehicles
Anytime two private drivers collide in their cars, resolving who pays for what is relatively straightforward, especially when it’s clear that one party was at fault. But when a commercial vehicle is involved, it can get much harder for victims to be properly compensated. This is because there are more people who could be blamed for the crash.
Was it the fault of the driver of the bus, the company that trained the driver, the company responsible for maintaining the bus, or was it another driver completely? As you can guess, each entity will want to push the blame (and the responsibility for compensating the victims) onto someone else, and it can become difficult to resolve.
That’s why you need an experienced and tenacious car accident attorney with deep experience handling claims involving commercial drivers. Our law firm has both the knowledge and the resources necessary to investigate these complicated cases, and we won’t let a bad faith insurance company stand in the way of getting our clients the best possible settlement.
Commercial and Government Buses Have a Duty of Care to Their Passengers
Any company that operates public or private transportation takes on the legal responsibility of providing safe and secure passage. This means, for instance, there must be adequate signage warning passengers of potential hazards, such as getting caught in closing doors or standing in the front of the bus. In the same way, the company must make sure its drivers are adequately trained and do not have a history of questionable or illegal behavior.
While these rules apply to both private companies and government-run ones (such as school buses), there are certain laws that give government institutions immunity from personal injury lawsuits, even if they were negligent. There is a higher burden of proof when a government vehicle is involved in a crash.
Call a Grand Junction Car Accident Attorney Today
Bus accidents happen in a variety of ways. The injured victim might be a passenger on the bus, a driver of another vehicle on the road, pedestrians waiting at a bus stop, or cyclists who were unfortunate enough to struck by the bus. Whatever your situation, you deserve to be fully compensated for your injuries.
At Peters & Nolan, LLC, we take on cases like these on a contingency basis. That means we don’t get paid unless you do. Our attorneys are dedicated to representing victims just like you on the Western Slope. Don’t wait! Contact us today at (970) 243-4357 to schedule a free consultation.
Peters & Nolan, LLC is your ideal source for high quality legal representation throughout the state of Colorado. Known for being personable and responsive, attorneys Andrew J. Peters and Andrew Nolan are aggressive trial lawyers with an excellent record of trying and settling cases in criminal defense, DUI/DWAI and personal injury.