A bus accident or crash can lead to serious injuries for you or a family member. Buses are large, heavy, and capable of high speeds. Whether you were a bus passenger or in another vehicle at the time of the accident, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries. When the bus driver or another defendant was negligent, a personal injury lawsuit can help you recover for your accident-related losses.

A Torrington bus accident lawyer at D’Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC is prepared to help you seek justice from the person responsible for your losses. Reach out today to schedule a free remote or in-person consultation with one of the injury attorneys at our firm.

Common Causes of Bus Wrecks

While any number of parties or issues could cause bus accidents, when negligence plays a part in that accident, it could be justification for filing a lawsuit. Negligence is when one person breaches their duty of care to another person, and that breach causes an injury. The cause of the accident is a necessary element of a claim, including how someone’s conduct was careless or reckless.

By way of example only and by no means exhaustive, typical causes of bus accidents may include:

  • Defective parts on the bus
  • Improper training for drivers
  • Negligent hiring or supervision
  • Lack of or improper maintenance
  • Bus driver errors or inexperienced drivers
  • Defective roadways or traffic control signals
  • Negligent third parties, such as other vehicle drivers

Determining the cause of a bus crash requires investigation into the facts of your unique situation. A Torrington bus accident attorney from our firm knows how to uncover necessary details and apply them to state law.

Who Could Be Responsible for a Bus Collision?

Determining liability can be a complex process with bus accidents. While a driver may have been responsible for your accident, the crash may also result in liability for other parties. The employer of the bus driver could be responsible because it holds vicarious liability for the negligent act of its employee.

A company may also be liable if the driver received inadequate training or if the poor condition of the bus was due to the company’s failure to repair it. Holding a company responsible, in addition to the individual bus driver, provides you with a larger potential pool of people from whom to recover.

Some bus crashes may result from a defective bus or a part on the bus. A product liability lawsuit seeks to hold the manufacturer of the bus or part responsible for the injuries its failure caused. Defects can occur in the design or manufacture of the part or as the result of a failure to warn of known dangers of using the product.

Time Limitations in Bus Crash Cases

General Statutes of Connecticut § 52-584 requires most injured people to file suit within two years of the date of the accident. However, the statute of limitations against a government entity—like a transit agency—can be much shorter. You should speak with one of our attorneys as soon as possible after a bus crash in Torrington.

Consult a Torrington Bus Accident Attorney at Our Firm

Bus collisions can cause severe injuries. When you are hurt in this kind of accident, you deserve to have your case reviewed by a personal injury attorney who cares. A Torrington bus accident lawyer at our firm will fight for your rights following a traumatic crash. We want to help you recoup every cent you need to recover fully from your physical and emotional harm and move forward with your life.

Contact D’Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC today for help. We offer free remote and in-person consultations, so you can speak with an attorney at no cost and determine the next best steps for you and your family.