Bus Accident Lawyer Hawaii
Our law firm represents those who have been injured or killed in bus accidents in Hawaii. Buses are more than just large cars – commercial driver’s license and maintenance requirements often apply. Their large size often results in catastrophic injuries for other motorists involved in the crash. In addition, most buses lack seatbelts, despite the fact that seatbelts can and so save lives. This lack of basic safety measures increases the risk of injury for bus passengers.
There have been very few safety developments over the years with regards to buses. In fact, the school bus is essentially the same as it was in 1977. Each year, over 10,000 kids are involved in school bus accidents. And almost three out of every four casualties of bus accidents are drivers and passengers in other vehicles. Commercial buses, such as those used for tourists or public transportation,pose many of the same risks. With so much tourism in Hawaii, these accidents happen often.
As with any accident, there are several important actions to take immediately following your involvement in a bus collision. First, exchange contact information with all involved parties and witnesses, including names, addresses, phone numbers, license plates, and driver’s license numbers. Take as many photos of the scene and damage to vehicles as possible. Seek medical treatment right away, as this will assist your case. And of course, contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible – and before you speak with your insurance company.
Determining the Cause of Your Bus Accident
Following a bus accident, our firm will take all necessary precautions in investigating the cause of the accident. We will work tirelessly to determine who can be held liable. A few of the factors we will examine include:
- Negligent bus drivers – Was the driver licensed and properly trained? Was the driver being careless or speeding?
- Negligent bus companies – Had the bus been properly maintained prior to the accident? Were there any mechanical problems or malfunctions that may have been a factor in causing the crash? Was the driver’s traffic record investigated and monitored?
- Dangerous road conditions – Did design defects or dangerous road conditions contribute to or cause the accident?
Once the cause of the accident has been determined, we will take legal action and seek compensation on behalf of the victims. Although Hawaii is a “no-fault” state in regard to automobile accidents (meaning victims are due some compensation under most circumstances regardless of who can be held liable), you may still be able to recover significant damages to cover a wide range of expenses. Discuss your options with one of our personal injury lawyers.
If you or a loved one have suffered an injury following a bus accident in Hawaii, our firm can help, whether you are a resident or a visitor. Our personal injury lawyers have the experience necessary to handle the specific factors involved in bus accidents. Contact our law firm right away to speak with one of our lawyers about your case.