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The questions on this page were answered by our team of Virginia Beach & Norfolk personal injury attorneys. The questions are categorized by practice area such as car accidents, medical malpractice, wrongful death, etc. If you have specific questions about your situation, contact our firm to set up a free consultation with an actual attorney.

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  • How can a personal injury attorney protect my bus accident recovery?

    A personal injury attorney can do a lot to protect your financial recovery in the lawsuit. They can minimize and monitor points of contact with the defendant, request and review your medical records, and form and file wage verification sheets with your employer. No aspect of your case should be weakened due to legal inexperience so that you can recover as much money as possible. 

  • Is suing a public bus company different from suing a private bus company?

    Yes. Suing a public bus company differs from suing a private bus company in some respects. You can still sue the public bus company for negligence in a personal injury lawsuit, but government entities may get immunity for such things as not adopting or enforcing a law, or negligence regarding licenses and permits. 

  • What are some of the common causes of Virginia school bus accidents?

    School buses crash and hit other vehicles, pedestrians and stationary objects for many reasons: going too fast for road conditions; rollover accidents going around a corner too fast; failure to maintain the bus; tailgating and driving distracted with a cell phone. 

  • What are some types of compensation I can receive for my child being in a bus accident in Virginia?

     Compensation might include pain and suffering; emotional distress; lost wages if your child is of working age; medical treatment expenses; and wrongful death damages. 

  • If my child is in a Virginia school bus accident, who is responsible?

    You can file a personal injury claim against whoever was responsible for the accident, such as the bus driver, a mechanic who did not perform scheduled maintenance or another driver on the road. If the bus driver works for the school district, it is possible to sue that entity, but recovering compensation can be challenging, although not impossible.

  • What are common reasons for Virginia bus accidents?

    Bus accidents happen in Virginia for many reasons, including driving under the influence, failure to follow Virginia traffic laws, reckless driving, poor weather or road conditions, drowsy driving, and texting and driving. Like commercial truck drivers, many bus drivers are under pressure to get to their destination on time and accidents often result from speeding and breaking traffic laws. 

  • Who is liable for a bus accident in Virginia?

    Depending upon the bus type and circumstances, there can be many people and companies held liable. If the driver of the bus causes the accident, he can be held liable. But in many cases, the bus company also can be found liable because it did not train the bus driver properly, or had poor hiring practices that lead to a poor driver behind the wheel of a bus. 

  • How many bus accidents are there in the US each year?

    According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are 300 bus accidents with fatalities each year, and more than 20,000 injuries. Buses are massive vehicles and they often drive at high speed on highways and loss of control can lead to serious injuries and death. 

  • As a bus passenger, do I have special legal protections?

    Yes. A bus company is a common carrier. This means it has a higher duty of care to provide a safe environment for its passengers. This is more than the standard duty of care that private vehicle operators have to other drivers and pedestrians. For example, if a bus company gets in an accident that is only slightly the reason for your injuries, the company may need to pay for the full cost of those injuries.

  • What if I'm from North Carolina (NC), headed to New York City, get involved in an accident in Virginia (VA), and the at fault driver is from South Carolina (SC)... how do I determine which law applies?

    Often there are many different parties from many different states involved in a single accident, but typically speaking, the law of the place (situs) of the accident will apply.  Unless there is a special circumstance, in the example above, the law of Virginia (VA) would apply.  If you have questions about where you can file an injury lawsuit, you should contact an experienced injury attorney to help you with that decision.