Personal Injury Lawyer
We all know the level of risk that can come with riding a bicycle on roads shared by cars, especially in heavily populated urban areas. However, when it comes to walking, the last thing on your mind may be the risk of being hit by a driver who doesn’t see you or isn’t paying attention. Most believe that if we adhere to traffic signs, cross correctly at crosswalks, wait for your turn and pay attention for traffic, that you are not at risk for being in a pedestrian related accident. This couldn’t be far from the truth. The reality is, with the number of distractions drivers must face, your chances of being injured in an accident are far greater than you may have realized.
But what happens if you are in a pedestrian related accident caused by a driver of public transportation such as a city bus? This is certain to raise the complexity of what you may be facing, especially when considering legal action.
Pedestrians & Bus Crashes
If you are a pedestrian who has been hit by a vehicle, it’s likely you have suffered injuries of some kind. If you are lucky, you will recover from your injuries and be able to move on with your life with time. If your accident is more significant or you are hit by a larger vehicle such as a city bus, the suffering you stand to face could be lifelong. Bus crashes can become rather complicated for a number of reasons:
- If people riding the bus are also injured they may bring forth a third party suit
- If the bus driver is responsible for the accident, you may be able to hold them liable for the damages they have caused you.
- The bus company that owns the bus and employs the driver are likely part of local, state or federal government meaning, you and your attorney will need to determine if you should file a claim against them as well. This will certainly depend on the details of your case and the state in which you live.
There are a number of reasons for bus accidents involving a pedestrian to occur. When an accident involves a pedestrian it almost always ups the ante. This is largely due to the fact that a pedestrian has no protection from oncoming traffic in the event they are injured in an accident.
Managing a personal injury case can be particularly difficult to face without an attorney. This is especially true if multiple parties can be held responsible for the damages you have suffered. In accidents involving a government entity, whether at the local or federal level can cause the process to become even more convoluted. Hire a pedestrian accident lawyer Trenton, NJ trusts with experience in this area of practice to lead you through the legal process with ease so that you can finally move beyond the suffering you have likely experienced.
Thank you to our friends and contributors at Davis & Brusca, LLC for their insight into bus accidents and personal injury.