Alison Wholey Briggs is a Maine personal injury lawyer committed to helping accident victims recover the compensation they deserve. For nearly 30 years of combined experience litigating personal injury cases, including those involving bus accidents, we know how to maximize an injured client’s recovery through all the avenues of legal relief available. At Briggs & Wholey, we represent people throughout Maine, and are more than willing to travel to designated offices that are conveniently located across the state. We understand your mobility may be limited, so we are also happy to meet you at your home to discuss your case.A Favored Mode of Transportation
Buses provide large groups of people the ability to travel to areas that might normally be inaccessible to them, whether within a city or across the country. Even though buses are large, highly visible vehicles, they are subject to a high rate of accidents. According to a publication by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in 2011 56,000 bus accidents were reported to the police. These accidents caused 24,000 injuries and 283 deaths in buses that carried 10 passengers or more.
Various acts of negligence, or failure to exercise reasonable care, can lead to bus collisions. Pedestrians, other drivers, or even the bus driver can fail in their duty to follow the rules of the road or drive safely. Faulty bus equipment or the lack of proper maintenance can also lead to crashes. Bus passengers are often not as restrained in their seats as they may be in a sedan or SUV, and this can result in serious injuries like broken bones or whiplash.Bus Accidents Often Occur in Surprisingly Favorable Road Conditions
A 2007 Journal of Public Transportation article, Trends in Transit Bus Accidents and Promising Collision Countermeasures, discusses seven bus collision factors including time of day, type of intersection control, weather, lighting conditions, roadway conditions, roadway configuration, and roadway type. Three of the factors - time of day, type of intersection control, and roadway type - all produced the expected results; more accidents occur at night, at intersections, and on divided highways. However, a greater number of bus accidents also occur on dry roads, during good weather, on straight roads, and with good lighting. The hypothesis is that drivers in general are more alert and cautious during bad or wet weather and on curvy roads, and perhaps maybe not cautious enough when the conditions for driving seem favorable.Experience Investigating & Litigating Bus Accident Claims
If you were injured in a bus accident, contact the Maine bus accident attorneys at Briggs & Wholey today. Following an accident, video recordings and other evidence on the bus need to be obtained quickly, otherwise the recorded event may not be preserved. Our attorneys are familiar with this process, and know what information to seek out in order to build a strong case on your behalf.
We also know that bills and lost wages resulting from your injuries can lead to financial hardship. Under Maine law, you may be entitled to coverage for these amounts and others, including pain and suffering and lost earning capacity, if you were injured by the carelessness of another. At Briggs & Wholey, we will work tirelessly to secure the compensation that you need. Our office has recovered numerous verdicts and settlements across the state of Maine, and we look forward to helping you during through this stressful period. For a free confidential consultation, call us at (888) 596-1099 or contact us online.