Louisville Personal Injury Attorney Seth Gladstein Takes On Bus Accident Cases From Across Kentucky
Bus accidents may not happen as often as car accidents, but when they do happen, they can have catastrophic consequences that could involve dozens of passengers. People who are injured from bus accidents may experience a range of injuries, including:
- Head and brain injuries.
- Back and neck injuries.
- Torn ligaments and tendons.
- Contusions and lacerations.
- Broken bones and bone fractures.
- Muscle strains and sprains.
If you are a loved one have been injured in a Kentucky bus accident, you need to understand how and why the accident occurred so that you can determine whether or not an at-fault party or parties owe you compensation for damages including medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. To learn more about your possible bus accident claim, please contact Gladstein Law today to request a complimentary, no-obligation consultation. Call today at (502) 855-4177 or fill out our electronic contact form.
Louisville Bus Accidents
An array of different buses populate the streets of Louisville, including Oldham County, Bullitt County, and Clark County. However, most of the bus accidents that occur in the city and across the state involve the following types of buses:
- Transit Authority of River City (TARC) buses. This fleet of 255 buses provides the greater Louisville area with a web of bus routes across three counties and parts of Southern Indiana. Unfortunately, these buses can and do have accidents involving other motor vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians.
- School buses. There are 145 K-12 public schools serving about 100,000 students in Louisville. A great number of these students ride buses to and from their homes each day. School bus accidents can have devastating effects on the children riding them and their families.
- Charter buses and motor coaches. Chartered buses carrying tour groups and school groups as well as greyhound buses traveling between cities can carry dozens of passengers at a time. Unfortunately, both types of bus company have been associated with deadly accidents caused by negligence.
The Most Common Causes Of Louisville Bus Accidents
While bus crashes can have many causes, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) produced a study in 2009 that showed that some of the most common reasons for accidents involving buses included:
- Interference from pedestrians.
- Poor road conditions.
- Sudden lane changes.
- Reckless bus drivers.
- Severe weather conditions.
- Other vehicles using bus-only lanes.
- Faulty or defective bus parts.
- Poorly trained or vetted bus drivers.
- Distracted bus drivers.
- Poor bus maintenance.
Who is Responsible for Your Bus Accident Injury?
Seth Gladstein, a Louisville, KY injury attorney, has the experience, drive, and passion to get to the bottom of your bus accident.. He will find who caused the wreck through examining all evidence and then build your case until it is as strong as possible.
The individuals or entities responsible for your Louisville bus accident depends upon the details of your accident. Liable parties may include:
- The driver of the bus.
- Another driver involved in the collision.
- The bus company.
- A municipality, such as Louisville itself.
Because of the complexity of bus accidents, it’s not unusual for several people or entities to be involved or at fault for a bus accident. For example, if a bus driver is hired who has a past history of driving while intoxicated or taking drugs, a claim could be filed against the driver himself, the bus company, or the company who vetted him.
Two Kentucky Bus Disasters
Did you know that Kentucky is the home of two out of three of the most deadly bus accidents in United States history?
- The Carrollton Bus Collision took place in Carroll County in 1988. The crash took place when a drunk driver in a pickup truck drove the wrong way down a rural interstate and crashed head-on with a school bus carrying a church group. The collision caused a fuel tank to rupture and the bus was quickly engulfed in flames. A shocking 27 people were killed while 36 received serious injuries.
- The Prestonsburg Bus Disaster took place in Floyd County, Kentucky, in 1958. The bus accident occurred when a school bus carrying 48 students rear-ended a truck on a state highway. The bus slid off of an embankment and into the Big Sandy river, where it became submerged. Just as in the Carrollton bus accident, 27 people died. Navy divers were used to find the submerged bus, which had swept downstream.
Gladstein Law Firm – Meeting Your Bus Accident Needs
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a Kentucky bus accident, the legal team at Gladstein Law is here to help. Our firm focuses only on personal injury cases, providing you with the deepest level of knowledge and experience that our clients need and deserve after an accident and injury.
You only have a limited time to file a bus accident claim after your injury takes place. Schedule a meeting with Seth Gladstein today by calling (502) 855-4177 or by filling out our contact form.