Greyhound Bus Accident Lawyer
Greyhound and its highly recognizable logo have become synonymous with intercity bus travel. Serving more than 3,800 destinations across North America, Greyhound services around 17.2 million passengers who travel 5.03 billion miles a year.
Recently, Greyhound has been in the spotlight for multiple accidents, many of them fatal, raising concerns that the major charter bus service provider may not be doing their due diligence to ensure the safety of their passengers and innocent bystanders. It seems that until the company decides to reexamine their policies and procedures regarding safety, many innocent people will suffer due to their negligence.
If you have been injured in a Greyhound bus accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Lalezary Law Firm have represented thousands of clients in complex accident cases, winning tens of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts. Call us now for a free, confidential, no-obligation consultation and learn about your best legal options for a full recovery.
Causes of Greyhound Bus Accidents
Greyhound is able to maintain relatively low ticket costs, which is why they remain the top choice for many people seeking cheap intercity bus transportation. The question is how the company is able to keep their costs low. The answer isn’t reassuring, to say the least.
Judging from the recent spate of Greyhound bus accidents, it appears that the cost-cutting measures that Greyhound employs to supposedly benefit passengers may actually hurt them, and in the worst cases, even kill. Not all expenses should be cut, especially if doing so will compromise the safety of consumers—expenses such as employee training programs and high-quality equipment. Bad business behaviors that contribute to bus accidents including the following:
- Bad maintenance — When bus companies fail to conduct vehicle inspections and maintenance on a regular basis, critical mechanical components on buses may wear away, leading to disastrous breakdowns on the road.
- Defective parts — Some bus accidents can be traced all the way back to factories where parts are produced. If an important component of a bus is badly designed or built, it can make the whole system collapse, causing an accident. In these cases, the bus company as well as the bus parts manufacturer can be held liable for victims’ damages.
- Fatigued or distracted drivers — In spite of laws that regulate hours of service for commercial vehicles like buses, some companies encourage drivers to cheat on their logs and work for longer than they should just for the sake of the bottom line. Some drivers engage in distracting behaviors like talking constantly with passengers and looking at their phones through their own volition. Lastly, driving buses for long periods of time is physically demanding work, yet companies like Greyhound often employ people who are medically unqualified. As a result of all of these issues and more, bus accidents occur, and innocent passengers get injured or killed.
- Drug and alcohol use — During the hiring process, commercial transportation companies like Greyhound are expected to thoroughly vet employees to ensure that they will drive safely and responsibly and never put passengers in danger. Unfortunately, negligent hiring practices lead to reckless or even criminal people slipping through the cracks and getting behind the wheel in drugged or inebriated states. These situations are extremely dangerous and all too often result in lives being needlessly lost in devastating Greyhound bus accidents.
Pursuing an Injury Claim After a Greyhound Bus Crash
As the victim of a Greyhound bus accident, you have the right to seek compensation for your damages through a settlement or litigation. You have the right to relay all communications with the insurance company to an attorney of your choice, no matter what they may claim otherwise. By knowing and exercising these rights, you will be better able to get the full and fair compensation you deserve.
Your total compensation amount will depend on the extent of your damages as well as the at-fault party’s insurance policy. Greyhound’s insurance company has high policy limits, so if you’ve suffered serious injuries in a bus accident, you may be entitled to hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars. Consult with an attorney now to learn more about what your case might be worth.
At Lalezary Law Firm, our experienced commercial vehicle accident attorneys work with an exceptional network of medical experts, accident reconstruction specialists, and economic professionals to examine every angle of your case and expose every potential source of compensation, so you get the maximum settlement or verdict you deserve.
Our consultations are always free, and we charge zero upfront fees. There is zero risk to speaking with us, so call Lalezary Law Firm today. Our line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.