Bus Accident Lawyer in Charlotte
Fighting for You & Your Recovery After a Bus Accident in North Carolina
If you or a loved one was involved in a bus accident in the Charlotte, North Carolina area, reach out to Payne Law Firm as soon as possible. You could be entitled to financial compensation for damages associated with your injuries or the loss of a loved one. Our firm is known for providing aggressive, client-focused representation that is driven by results. As your Charlotte bus accident lawyers, our founding attorney, Jason E. Payne and his team of dedicated legal counsel, are prepared to advocate for you every step of the way.
You shouldn’t have to simply suffer the consequences of someone else’s negligence on your own. Allow our legal team to protect your rights and fight to maximize your recovery. We offer free initial consultations and provide legal services in English and Spanish.
North Carolina Bus Accident Statistics
Unsurprisingly, bus accidents are notoriously catastrophic. More surprising, however, is the frequency at which these accidents occur. According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation (DOT), there were 577 crashes involving commercial buses in the state in 2018 (the latest year for which data are currently available). These crashes resulted in 3 fatalities and 192 injuries. Even more shocking, there were 1,014 crashes involving school buses that same year, resulting in 5 fatalities and 261 injuries.
The same report notes that there were an additional 133 accidents involving activity buses and 164 accidents involving other types of buses in North Carolina in 2018. Together, these resulted in 1 death and 95 injuries.
Who Is Legally Liable for a Bus Accident?
The issue of liability in bus accident cases is a complex one. While a bus driver may negligently cause an accident, he or she may not be the only or even the primary liable party. Because bus drivers are typically “on the clock” when these accidents occur, their employers can be sometimes held legally liable. Under respondeat superior laws, an employer is generally liable for an employee’s behavior, except in some cases when that employee’s actions are egregiously negligent or unlawful.
Additionally, other outside factors often contribute to or cause bus accidents. This might include various negligent third parties, such as other motorists on the road, manufacturers of defective products, persons responsible for conducting bus maintenance and repairs, and others.
Depending on the specific details of your case, any of the following parties could be liable for your damages:
- The bus driver
- The company that owns or leases the bus
- The manufacturer of the bus or a specific bus part
- Another motorist
- A bicyclist or pedestrian
- A government or municipal entity
- A construction company responsible for a defective road
- The person/party responsible for maintaining or repairing the bus
Because of the many possible liable parties, proving a bus accident case can be extremely challenging without the assistance of a skilled personal injury lawyer. But, by putting a Charlotte bus accident attorney on your side, you better your chances of securing a favorable outcome, whether it’s a sizeable settlement or a fair verdict.
Why Trust Payne Law Firm?
With over 18 years of experience and a proven record of success, our firm has what it takes to fight tirelessly for you. We believe that you deserve justice and a fair recovery when someone else’s negligence causes you harm. Whether you were severely injured or lost a loved one in a tragic bus accident, Payne Law Firm is ready to represent you and your rights every step of the way.
We offer free initial consultations and do not charge any attorney’s fees unless we win your case. We are ready to answer your questions and provide personalized, considerate legal services you can trust.