Oklahoma City Bus Accident Attorneys
Bus Accidents in Oklahoma
Although they are rarer than other types of motor vehicle accidents—including car, truck, and motorcycle collisions—bus accidents still happen with alarming frequency. Every year, thousands of city buses, school buses, charter buses, and other large vehicles are involved in collisions on our nation’s highways and roads, leading to severe bodily injury and death. In fact, numerous studies have found that the fatality rate of large bus accidents is significantly higher than that of typical passenger vehicle crashes.
At Fulmer Sill, we understand the complex nature of bus accidents, as well as the severe consequences they have. With our collaborative, client-focused approach, we are able to develop innovative legal strategies based on the unique needs of each individual we serve. Our aggressive litigation efforts and tireless courtroom advocacy have helped us recover millions of dollars in compensation for our clients.
Learn how our team can assist you with your bus accident case; call (405) 433-7414 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation.
Common Types of Bus Accidents
There are many different types of bus accidents, all of which can have devastating or even deadly consequences for passengers and others involved.
Some of the most common types of bus accidents include:
- Side-impact collisions
- Head-on collisions
- Rear-end collisions
- Multiple-vehicle crashes
- Single-vehicle accidents
- Pedestrian-bus accidents
- Bicyclist-bus accidents
- Onboard slips, trips, and falls
- Bus station accidents
- Assault by fellow passengers
These and other incidents may involve all types of buses, such as:
- School buses
- City/public transportation buses
- EMBARK buses
- Passenger vans
- Shuttle buses
- Private coaches
- Charter buses
At Fulmer Sill, we represent victims of all types of bus accidents throughout Oklahoma, as well as nationwide. Our firm has extensive experience and the resources to effectively pursue your claim. We don’t just settle cases; our attorneys are real trial lawyers who are ready to represent you and your interests in court whenever necessary.
How Do Bus Accidents Happen?
Like any other motor vehicle accident, bus accidents most commonly result from negligence, carelessness, and inexperience. Sometimes, the bus driver is the one at fault for a collision. In other instances, a third party may be to blame. It is important that our team uncovers the cause of the crash to determine who is liable for your injuries and resulting damages.
Some of the most common causes of bus accidents include:
- Bus driver inattention or distracted driving
- Using a cellphone and/or texting while driving
- Inexperienced bus operators
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Fatigued or drowsy driving
- Hours-of-service violations by bus drivers
- Reckless or aggressive driving
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Traffic law violations
- Negligent hiring of bus drivers
- Improper bus driver training or supervision
- Insufficient bus maintenance
- Inadequate bus repairs
- Failure to perform routine vehicle inspections
- Dangerous or defective roadways
- Poor road maintenance or repairs
- Third-party negligence, including negligent motorists
- Speeding, including driving too fast for current conditions
- Hazardous weather conditions
Our Oklahoma City bus accident attorneys conduct exhaustive investigations to determine exactly how an accident occurred and, most importantly, who is responsible for our client’s pain, suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages. Our goal is to level the playing field in your favor, and we are prepared to go up against major insurance carriers, powerful government entities, and others in our pursuit of the justice you deserve.
Who Is Liable for a Bus Accident?
Under Oklahoma’s traditional fault-based system, the person or party responsible for causing the accident, whether directly or indirectly, is generally also the one liable for victims’ resulting damages. With commercial vehicle accidents, however, determining liability becomes more complicated.
Because bus drivers are typically on the clock when these accidents occur, their employers may be legally responsible. As such, even if a bus driver negligently caused a crash, the company that employs the bus driver and/or owns or leases the bus could be liable. If another party, such as a manufacturer or even another motorist on the road, contributed to or caused the crash, they could be partly or wholly liable for your damages.
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Contact Our Bus Accident Lawyers for a Free Consultation
If you or someone you love was involved in a devastating bus accident in Oklahoma City or any of the surrounding areas, reach out to our team at Fulmer Sill right away to learn how we can help. We encourage you to act fast, as you only have two years from the date of the accident (or injury) to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit in Oklahoma. Although there are some exceptions to this statute of limitations, they are rare. In most cases, if you fail to file a lawsuit before the statute of limitations expires, you will lose your right to recover compensation from the liable party.
There are no out-of-pocket costs for you when you hire our team. Instead, we only collect attorney fees if/when we recover a settlement or verdict on your behalf. Get in touch with us today to learn more during a free, no-obligation consultation.
You can rely on our tenacious and hardworking team to fight tirelessly for every penny you are owed.