A charter bus crashed into three firemen who were investigating a minor injury crash, killing one and injuring the other two. According to The Advocate, the bus driver was in the United States illegally and did not have a driver’s license.
The three firemen were from the St. John Baptist Fire Department.
A Toyota Camry was also involved in the accident. The backseat passenger died. Another passenger and the driver were treated at local hospitals.
Approximately 40 passengers were on the bus. According to law enforcement, they were hired to help rebuild the severe flood damage in Louisiana. Police stated they believe the workers were in the United States illegally.
If you were injured in a bus crash in Louisiana, or if you lost a family member due to a negligent driver, contact Morris Bart, LLC. An Baton Rouge accident lawyer will evaluate your case to determine if you have grounds for a personal-injury claim or a wrongful death lawsuit. Call 800-537-8185 today to schedule a free initial consultation.
How Common Are Bus Accidents in the United States?
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 3,978 buses and large trucks were involved in deadly wrecks in 2014. This marked a 5-percent decrease since 2013.
Although the number of fatal accidents involving buses and large trucks decreased by 33 percent between 2004 and 2009, the rate increased by 20 percent between 2009 and 2013. There was also a 55 percent increase in the number of injury crashes involving large trucks and buses between 2009 and 2014.
If you sustained an injury in a bus crash, then you may have grounds for a personal-injury claim. If your loved one died in a bus accident, then you can pursue compensation by filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault party.
Who Might Be Liable for Damages in a Bus Accident Injury Case?
There are several parties who might be liable for damages in a bus accident injury case. Here are three common examples:
- Bus Company
The bus company must ensure that its fleet is reasonably safe. It must also take reasonable measures to hire drivers who can safely operate the vehicle.
- Tour Company
If you are in an accident while on a tour bus, you may have grounds for an injury claim against the tour company, depending on the terms of its contract with the bus company.
- Bus Destinations
A long bus tour may stop at dozens of destinations, and if those locations do not properly maintain their parking lots and take other reasonable steps to keep visitors safe, then they may be liable for injuries that result.
If you were injured on a charter bus, contact an Baton Rouge injury attorney from Morris Bart, LLC. Our firm has been representing clients for more than 30 years, and we will give your case the individual attention that it deserves. Call 800-537-8185 today to schedule a free initial consultation.