Bellevue Bus and Van Accident Attorneys
Bellevue, Nebraska, is a vibrant city of nearly 63,000 people. The average commute time is 20.9 minutes. Commuters can take the metro on Route 95 Bellevue Express to and from Omaha. Children in Bellevue take buses to and from school every day when school is in session. As in the rest of the country, delivery vans are a common sight throughout the city and the greater Omaha metro area.
Bus and van accidents are more common than you might suspect. If you have been injured in such a collision, let an experienced Bellevue bus and van accident attorney at Bottlinger Law L.L.C. explain all your legal options. Call us at (402) 505-8234 to learn more with a free initial consultation.
Many different factors can contribute to bus and van accidents. Larger, heavier vehicles with powerful engines are more difficult to maneuver and require a high skill level for safe operation.
Buses and vans are longer and taller than passenger vehicles and have larger blind spots. When bus and van drivers fail to signal and carefully check their blind spots, they can collide with other vehicles while switching lanes or merging onto highways from on-ramps. Vans have a higher center of gravity, which increases the risk of a rollover. Their seating configuration can distribute the weight of passengers in a way that increases the risk of tire blowouts.
Common causes of bus and van accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Fatigued driving
- Impaired driving
- Disregarding traffic signals or signs
- Unsafe lane changes
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Negligent hiring practices
- Failure to provide adequate training
- Failure to maintain vehicles
- Failure to enforce rules regarding distracted, impaired, or fatigued driving
Vans are used by businesses for deliveries, church groups, sports teams, and other organizations for traveling to and from events. Large families also use vans for general transportation. If a delivery van driver caused your crash, the company that hired the driver could be “vicariously liable” for the actions of an employee.
Private bus companies, including tour and charter bus companies, carry commercial insurance policies, which can provide greater compensation than personal auto insurance policies. If a private bus company or its driver is responsible for your accident and injuries, you may be entitled to file a claim with the company’s insurer.
Public buses are owned by cities, states, counties, or other government agencies. If you were injured as a passenger, a pedestrian, or another motorist in a public bus wreck, you must file a claim with the appropriate government agency to recover compensation. When involving a government agency, the claims process is different and involves short deadlines, so it’s important to speak with an experienced Bellevue personal injury lawyer quickly.
Liability for bus and van accidents will depend on what caused the crash and who owned and operated the vehicle. Some bus and van accidents are caused by the negligence of other drivers on the road. If another motorist collided with a bus you were a passenger on, you may be entitled to file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
If you were injured in a bus or van crash, the skilled legal team at Bottlinger Law L.L.C. will determine who was at fault and hold the responsible party accountable. We know how difficult it can be to navigate the legal process and are here to help. Call us at (402) 505-8234 to get started on your case and find out what compensation you may be entitled to.
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