Lake Charles Bus Accident Lawyers
Billions Won by Bus Crash Attorneys in Lake Charles, LA
Bus accidents are common, and they often result in life-changing injuries. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, over 35,000 people were injured in bus accidents in 2016. According to another study, roughly 50 bus occupants are killed in bus crashes every year, with many more deaths occurring to pedestrians and other motorists hit by buses. Each injury or death demands compensation; negligent bus companies need to be held accountable for the harm they cause passengers, pedestrians, and drivers.
If you were injured in a bus accident, it is vital to contact an attorney as soon as possible. At Arnold & Itkin, our Lake Charles bus accident attorneys help injured or grieving bus crash victims hold those at-fault accountable. We've won billions of dollars for our clients, helping them pay for medical care, replace their lost income, and rebuild their lives. If you want to know your legal and financial options, speak with us today for a free consultation.
If you were injured in a bus accident, contact our Lake Charles bus accident attorney today: (888) 493-1629!
The Dangers of Bus Accidents & Charter Travel
Research shows that 63,000 buses are involved in an accident every year. Statistically, most of these accidents could be prevented through proper vetting and training, routine maintenance, and other basic safety measures. For example, operators often ignore maintenance issues to reduce costs. Unfortunately, this leads to substantial problems because buses need regular maintenance and repairs—failure to do so could lead to a tragic accident.
Other factors that contribute to bus accidents include:
- Inadequately-trained drivers
- Bus drivers under the influence
- Negligent bus drivers
- Lack of safety restraints
In other accidents, a drunk or otherwise unsafe bus driver would also make the company liable for the damage caused. It's the company's responsibility to hire and train safe drivers, and any employee wrongdoing would make them liable for your injuries.
How Common are Bus Accidents in Louisiana?
The Louisiana Crash Data Report states that over 900 bus crashes occurred in Louisiana this year alone, and 486 of those were school bus accidents. Because around 1 in 3 bus accidents are fatal, statistically that's around 162 fatal school bus accidents a year. Many more of these accidents will include injuries, as many older buses don't have restraints.
School Bus & 18-Wheeler Crash (2018)
A fiery crash involving a school bus and an 18-wheeler on U.S. 190 in Livingston Parish occurred in September 2018. The back of the bus caved in; thankfully, only three children were on the bus and no one was injured. This accident demonstrates the potential dangers bus accidents can have on all passengers—including children.
Factors in Serious Bus Accident Injuries
A major issue with buses is their lack of safety equipment. It is common for buses not to have seatbelts, despite it being a federal requirement for passengers to wear seatbelts in virtually every other vehicle. Bus roofs and windows also lack adequate protection. When a bus is involved in an accident, it common for passengers to suffer severe injuries due to the lack of safety equipment.
Bus accidents often cause catastrophic injuries like:
- Burn injury
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Neck and back injuries
- Orthopedic injuries
- Neurological injuries
- Blunt force trauma
Contact Our Lake Charles Bus Accident Attorneys: (888) 493-1629
Recovering compensation after sustaining injuries in a bus accident can be challenging. Many buses are owned by government entities, which can result in a more complex claim. That's why it is vital to take action immediately to file a claim against the responsible party. Arnold & Itkin is prepared to help you through this challenging situation. We have successfully recovered billions of dollars on behalf of our clients, so we know what it takes to help you secure the best possible results for your case. We are here to help you secure your future.
Benefits of working with Arnold & Itkin include:
- We have recovered billions of dollars
- Our cases have set records in multiple states
- Our clients have won hundreds of results worth $1 million or more
- National and local awards have recognized us for our work
- You only pay our firm if we win your case!
Contact our Lake Charles bus accident attorneys today for a free case review: (888) 493-1629!