Utah Bus Crash Lawyers
Bus Accident Lawyers in Utah Rebuilding Lives with Results
Buses are one of the most convenient ways to travel. These large motor vehicles can carry dozens of people at once and are affordable for that reason. Unfortunately, the thing that enables buses to be so great for travel also make them incredibly dangerous: they are large and heavy, and crashes put dozens of people at risk of injury. It's every bus company's job to hire safe drivers, maintain their buses, and ensure the safety of every passenger on every trip. Even momentary lapses in safety could lead to devastating crashes, lifelong injuries, and tragic losses.
At Arnold & Itkin, our Utah bus accident lawyers are no strangers to holding bus companies accountable after a serious crash. We’ve won billions of dollars to help people rebuild their lives, get answers for what happened to them, and ensure that it doesn’t happen to someone else. When you call us, you’ll receive the help of a team that is only focused on helping you get your life back. Our firm has won billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements, providing survivors and grieving families with the money they need to afford medical care, replace their lost income, and provide for their own basic needs.
Call our Utah bus crash lawyers today for help at (888) 493-1629 for a free consultation. We only collect a fee if you win your case!
Why Are Utah Bus Accidents So Dangerous?
As mentioned above, buses are large and can carry dozens of people at once. Because of their size, they also present a significant danger to motorists in passenger vehicles. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there were 229 fatal accidents involving buses in 2017. These accidents also claimed the lives of 44 bus occupants.
Factors which make bus accidents deadly for passengers include the following:
- A lack of safety restraints
- Poorly trained drivers
- Distracted driving
- Inadequate bus maintenance
- Driving under the influence
- Negligent bus drivers
Utah Bus Accident Injuries
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, even if a bus accident isn't deadly, it will likely cause serious injuries. The agency estimates that bus accidents cause between 11,000 and 15,000 injuries each year. As mentioned above, the very thing that makes buses dangerous is the thing which makes them so convenient. Even though buses have so many accidents, there is little regulation that forces operators to make them safer. Many people associate riding a bus with not wearing a seatbelt, even in states with seatbelt requirements. To make matters worse, the roofs of buses are often unable to withstand the force of a crash or rollover. These two characteristics significantly affect the carnage caused in many bus accidents.
Common injuries caused by bus crashes include:
The Bryce Canyon National Park Tour Bus Accident
On September 20, 2019, a tour bus was traveling along State Highway 12 when it was involved in a serious accident. In the moments following the accident, Utah Highway Patrol confirmed that at least 4 people were killed, and 12 to 15 people sustained serious injuries. The bus was approximately 3.5 miles outside of Bryce Canyon National Park as it transported a group of tourists.
The incident was reminiscent of an accident which occurred on the same highway in 2010. This accident occurred when a tour bus carrying Japanese passengers rolled off the highway. The accident killed 3 people and injured 11. Investigators later determined that the tour bus driver was either distracted or drowsy and was at fault for the accident.
Call Our Utah Bus Crash Lawyers Now at (888) 493-1629
At Arnold & Itkin, our firm has the resources and experience to hold at-fault parties accountable after a serious Utah bus accident. Our team will examine every aspect of an accident to determine what caused it. We question the training of drivers, the maintenance practices of bus operators, and other factors which could have contributed to your suffering. When you have the team from Arnold & Itkin on your side, you have a group of attorneys who have a history of earning results fighting for the injured nationwide.
We’ve heard the defenses of negligent parties across the country, and we've built the cases that beat those defenses again and again. However, you need to act quickly after a bus accident. Whether your accident involved a privately-owned bus or one operated by a government entity, filing a bus accident complaint is different than filing one for a car accident. You need to call us quickly to meet the deadlines associated with bus accidents.
Call our Utah bus crash lawyers today at (888) 493-1629 for help. We’re ready to help you recover compensation for your injuries or get answers after losing a loved one. Consultation is free and completely confidential.