Navigating Bus Accidents Under Arizona Law

Bus accidents can be devastating, resulting in serious injuries and even death. It is important to understand your legal rights If you have been injured in a bus accident. The law governing bus accidents in Arizona is complex. After a bus accident, several factors can affect the outcome of your case, such as the type of bus involved, the negligence of the driver, and the extent of the injuries. That is why speaking with an experienced attorney immediately after an accident is important. 

At The Sorenson Law Firm, we understand the complexities of bus accident cases and are dedicated to helping victims navigate Arizona’s legal landscape to seek justice and fair compensation.

    Familiarity with Arizona Bus Accident Laws

    The complexity of bus accident laws in Arizona is governed by specific circumstances surrounding each incident. Ownership of the bus plays a pivotal role, with distinctions between buses owned by public entities and those owned by private companies. Here, we present key Arizona bus accident laws for your understanding:

    Statute of Limitations:

    Arizona’s window to file a lawsuit against the bus owner is two years from the accident date. If you neglect this deadline, you may lose your right to seek compensation for your injuries.

    Liability: 

    Bus companies are held to a higher standard of care compared to regular drivers. They are required to take additional precautions to ensure the safety of their passengers. If a bus company breaches this standard and results in an accident, it may be liable for damages.

    Damages: 

    You might be eligible to claim compensation for various losses, including medical expenses, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and other consequential damages if you are injured in an accident. The specific amount of damages awarded is contingent upon the unique circumstances surrounding your case.

    Our legal team possesses extensive experience in handling bus accident cases within Arizona. Feel free to reach out for any complexities you encounter; our attorneys are prepared to provide comprehensive support at every level of your case.

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    Common Causes of Bus Accidents

    Numerous factors contribute to bus accidents, from driver negligence and mechanical failures to adverse road conditions.

    The sheer size and weight of buses magnify the potential severity of these accidents. The following are some factors that can contribute to bus accidents, encompassing:

    1. Driver Negligence: Bus accidents are frequently attributed to driver negligence, involving distracted driving, speeding, operating under the influence, and driving while fatigued.
    2. Pedestrians and Cyclists: Pedestrians and cyclists are also vulnerable to bus accidents, comprising approximately 5% of total cases. Buses, often obscured in blind spots, can inadvertently collide with pedestrians and cyclists.
    3. Mechanical Failures: Due to the intricate nature of buses, mechanical failures can occasionally lead to accidents. Examples include brake, tire, and steering failures.
    4. Bus Driver Fatigue: Extended working hours for bus drivers can result in fatigue, increasing the likelihood of errors and accidents.
    5. Bus Company Negligence: Bus companies must ensure proper bus maintenance and driver training. Failure to fulfill these obligations can render them accountable for ensuing accidents.
    6. Passenger Distractions: Unfocused or disruptive passengers also contribute to bus accidents. Instances where passengers distract drivers this can lead to hazardous situations.
    7. Drugs and Alcohol: The likelihood of accidents increases when bus drivers drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
    8. Distracted Driving: Distractions like cell phones, food, or passengers can divert a bus driver’s attention, raising the risk of accidents.
    9. Road Conditions: Adverse road conditions, like icy surfaces or construction zones, can significantly play a role in causing bus accidents.
    10. Weather Conditions: Extreme weather conditions, including heavy rain, snow, or fog, can impede a bus driver’s visibility and maneuverability, potentially leading to accidents

    If you have been injured in a bus accidents, it is important to seek legal assistance to determine liability. Understanding the root causes of bus accidents empowers victims to take the necessary steps to protect their rights. We can assist you with all aspects of your case, from start to finish.

    Deciphering Arizona Bus Accident Laws

    In Arizona, the concept of comparative negligence plays a pivotal role in bus accident cases. Our Firm approaches the implications of this legal principle and explores its impact on potential compensation.

    Furthermore, we elucidate the statute of limitations governing the timeframe for filing bus accident claims in the state. We examine any specific laws or regulations concerning commercial buses and offer a comprehensive view of the legal framework.

    Steps to Take After a Bus Accidents

    Individuals should take the following procedures while dealing with the aftermath of a bus accident:

    1. Prioritize Safety and Health: Ensure your safety and seek immediate medical attention.
    2. Compile Crucial Evidence: Gather evidence that might include photographs and witness information for building a strong case.
    3. Inform Relevant Authorities: Report the accident to law enforcement and pertinent authorities.
    4. Exercise Caution with Statements: Be cautious of the statements you make after an accident, as they can impact the result of your lawsuit.

    In case of any ambiguity, The Sorenson Law Firm is just a call away for those seeking guidance and representation after a bus accident. We offer a free consultation that allows you to discuss the specifics of your case, voice your concerns, and gain insights into potential legal avenues.

    With years of experience handling these complex cases, we have the knowledge and resources to help you get the justice you deserve. We have recovered millions of dollars for our clients and are committed to fighting for the best possible outcome for every case.

    Our commitment to pursuing justice and in-depth knowledge of Arizona’s laws sets us apart in the legal field. We will review your case in detail and discuss your legal options.

    We understand that being injured in a bus accident can be a very difficult and overwhelming experience. We are here to help you through this difficult time and fight for your compensation.

    You can contact us by calling (480) 839-9500 or visiting our office at 950 West Elliot Road, Suite 226, Tempe, Arizona 8528412. You can also submit your legal inquiry through our website.

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