There are many types of buses: Greyhound buses, city buses, tour buses, school and college buses (including sports team buses), church group buses, and buses that transport workers, and each play a role in our commerce. Injury or death can occur as a passenger in any type of bus, but because there are so many categories, nailing down the ownership, insurance, and management of the bus, are complexities for an experienced attorney to unravel. According to Federal Motor Vehicle Standards, a bus is defined as a motorized vehicle capable of carrying 10 or more passengers.
The NHTSA reports that approximately 134 people die in school-vehicle-related crashes each year. Other bus tragedies that have made the news recently include church bus fatalities, and tour bus tragedies.
Most bus transport operates under strict state and federal licensing regulations, though it is usually state law that determines which company or entity is liable for damages in the event of an accident, which may include:
- Immediate and future medical costs
- Loss of wages
- Punitive damages, if the accident is proven to be the result of negligence
- Loss of future income due to permanent disabilities
- Lifetime care and support in the event of a serious injury
such as traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury