Given the sheer size and force of a bus, it’s no surprise that they can cause a serious or, in rare cases, even fatal injury. The bus and rail systems provide an alternative method of transportation for many people on their daily commute, especially those in the Atlanta Area. About 24,000 people are injured in bus accidents annually in the United States and the laws governing Georgia bus accidents are complicated due to the number of companies and agencies involved in bus transportation and the different regulations that apply to each one. Accidents can involve school buses, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), Georgia Regional Transit Authority (GRTA), Cobb County Transit (CCT), other public transportation system buses, private company-operated buses, and charter buses. The complexity of bus accidents is why it’s important to reach out to the experienced mass transportation accident attorneys at Kaufman Law to seek guidance on the process of filing a lawsuit and to find out the amount and type of compensation you may be eligible for.
Unfortunately, school bus accidents are more common than you would expect. To make matters even more complicated accidents are supposed to be recorded and available so authorities can track and study them to analyze the data and make improvements to safety procedures and hiring processes, but the Atlanta Journal Constitution has found this may not be the case at all. When they asked for and analyzed the public data they found regular gaps in the records and evidence that many district officials don’t enforce their own policies or even use the data at all. More than 4,000 bus drivers hit the road daily helping students commute through Metro Atlanta and the data shows there are an average of 100 accidents per month, resulting in over 300 injuries per year. School bus accident cases can be very complicated since some school districts may hire independent companies to operate the buses making it difficult to determine liability. Georgia also has immunity laws, making it illegal to sue the government without its consent. This doesn’t mean it’s impossible to have a case against a school district, but they must first waive their sovereign immunity, something they may do by purchasing motor vehicle insurance, but it also limits the possible compensation.
Georgia has many public transit systems that serve millions of bus and train riders every year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a person or vehicle is hit by a train in the U.S almost every 3 hours, resulting in over 2,000 injuries per year. If you are every involved in a mass transportation accident, always report the accident to police and gather as much information as you can including pictures and witnesses. Many of these transit systems are run by government agencies and therefore are subject to the same immunity laws as school buses and may also have strict procedural rules and time limits that apply when taking legal action. Whether you were injured in a school bus accident, a MARTA accident, a charter bus accident, or a Greyhound bus accident, the laws governing bus accident injury lawsuits are complicated, which is why seeking help from an experienced attorney will help determine who is responsible and help get you the compensation you deserve.
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If you are ever involved in a mass transportation accident, contact Kaufman Law with questions.