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School bus-related crashes killed 108 people nationwide in 2021, up 50% compared to the pandemic-related low number of 54 deaths in 2020. [1]

These accidents can occur for various reasons and may involve different types of buses, including public transportation buses, school buses, or private charter buses.

Were you or a loved one involved in a bus accident in Oregon that resulted in injuries? Contact Goldberg & Loren today for a free consultation, and let us guide you through the legal process. 

Causes of Bus Accidents

Bus accidents can occur due to various factors, including:

  • Driver Error: Negligent actions by the bus driver, such as speeding, distracted driving, fatigue, or impaired driving.
  • Mechanical Failures: Malfunctions in the bus’s mechanical components, including brake failures, tire blowouts, or engine problems.
  • Adverse Weather Conditions: Accidents can occur due to poor weather conditions, such as rain, snow, ice, or fog, affecting visibility and road traction.
  • Inadequate Maintenance: Poorly maintained buses or a lack of regular inspections can contribute to accidents caused by mechanical issues.
  • Road Design and Conditions: Poorly designed roads, construction zones, or uneven road surfaces can lead to accidents involving buses.
  • Reckless Driving by Other Vehicles: Actions of other motorists, such as sudden lane changes, failure to yield, or aggressive driving, can contribute to bus accidents.
  • Driver Fatigue: Long hours, demanding schedules, and insufficient rest can lead to driver fatigue, impairing a bus driver’s ability to operate the vehicle safely.
  • Inadequate Training: Insufficient training of bus drivers in handling specific situations or emergency procedures can contribute to accidents.
  • Failure to Obey Traffic Laws: Violations of traffic laws, including running red lights, failure to yield, or illegal turns, can result in bus accidents.
  • Defective Equipment: Manufacturing defects or faulty equipment in the bus, such as brake system defects or steering issues, can lead to accidents.
Causes of Bus Accidents

Responsible Parties in a Bus Accident

In a bus accident, various parties may be considered responsible, depending on the circumstances surrounding the incident. Here are some key parties that could be liable:

  • Bus Driver: The bus driver is often a critical factor in determining responsibility. If the driver was negligent, reckless, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they may be held accountable.
  • Bus Company/Owner: The company or individual that owns the bus is responsible for maintaining the vehicle in a safe condition. If the accident was due to poor maintenance, mechanical failure, or other issues related to the bus itself, the owner or company may be held liable.
  • Maintenance Crew: If the accident was caused by a mechanical failure due to poor maintenance, the individuals or team responsible for maintaining the bus may be held accountable.
  • Manufacturers: If the accident was caused by a defect in the bus or its components, the manufacturers of those parts may be held responsible for the accident.
  • Government Entities: Sometimes, government entities may share responsibility, especially if road conditions, signage, or traffic control devices played a role in the accident.
  • Other Drivers: If the accident involved multiple vehicles, the drivers of those vehicles may share some responsibility, depending on factors like negligence, recklessness, or failure to follow traffic rules.
  • Pedestrians or Passengers: In some cases, pedestrians or passengers on the bus may contribute to the accident. For example, a pedestrian crossing the road without regard to traffic signals or a passenger interfering with the driver’s ability to operate the bus safely.

Determining liability can be complex and often involves an investigation by law enforcement, insurance companies, and our legal professionals. The specific circumstances of the accident, applicable laws, and evidence presented play important roles in assigning responsibility.

If you are involved in a bus accident, book a free consultation with us to understand your rights and responsibilities.

Common Injuries Sustained in a Bus Accident

Common injuries in bus accidents include:

  • Back injuries
  • Burn injuries
  • Cuts and bruises
  • Fractures and broken bones
  • Head injuries
  • Internal injuries
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Seat belt and airbag injuries
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Whiplash
Common Injuries Sustained in a Bus Accident

Is There a Deadline to File a Bus Accident Case in Oregon?

In Oregon, the general Statute of Limitations for personal injury cases, including those related to bus accidents, is two years from the date of the injury. This means your case will need to be filed before that date arrives. Exceptions do exist.  

Consult with our dedicated personal injury lawyers in Oregon for the most current and accurate information, and to determine if any exceptions apply to your situation.

Why Choose Us?

At Goldberg & Loren, we prioritize your legal needs with unwavering dedication. Our experienced team is committed to delivering exceptional representation tailored to your unique case. Here’s why you can trust us:

  • Expertise: Our seasoned attorneys bring a wealth of experience and legal acumen to the table, ensuring that you receive top-notch counsel.
  • Client-Centric Approach: Your satisfaction is our priority. We take the time to understand your concerns, providing personalized attention and communication throughout the legal process.
  • Proven Track Record: Goldberg & Loren has a history of successful outcomes. Our track record speaks to our ability to navigate complex legal challenges and secure favorable results for our clients.
  • Comprehensive Services: From negotiation to litigation, we offer a full spectrum of legal services. Whether you’re facing a personal injury case or need assistance with a bus accident claim, we have the expertise to guide you.
  • Transparent Communication: We believe in keeping you informed every step of the way. Our transparent communication ensures that you are well informed and empowered throughout the legal proceedings.
Why Choose Us?

When you choose Goldberg & Loren, you’re choosing a legal team dedicated to your success. Trust us to advocate on your behalf and deliver the results you deserve.

Reach out to us today! It’s time to get all the settlement you deserve. Don’t pay anything unless we win!

Source

[1] School Bus Crashes – Injury Facts. (2023, April 25). Injury Facts. https://injuryfacts.nsc.org/motor-vehicle/road-users/school-bus/

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