Charleston Bus Accident Attorney
Bus accidents often injure or kill multiple passengers at once. They can easily be catastrophic crashes that cause serious and long-term injuries such as severe burns or spinal cord injuries. For more information on the injuries sustained following an accident, speak to an accident lawyer.
As an injured school bus passenger in Charleston, you deserve to learn about and protect your rights. At the Max Sparwasser Law Firm, LLC, our Charleston bus accident attorney can help explore your legal right to bring a lawsuit against a bus driver, company, or the government after a bus accident. Call our office today to schedule your free case evaluation.
South Carolina Bus Accident Law
Buses are categorized as common carriers because they transport passengers as part of a business. They fall under federal and state common carrier laws. Both public and private buses qualify as common carriers. Common carriers have different responsibilities than other types of vehicles. They owe special (higher) duties of care to the passengers they transport. Failure to obey these greater duties of care is negligence. Some of the duties bus companies and drivers owe to passengers in South Carolina include:
- Maintaining safe and efficient fleet vehicles
- Repairing or replacing broken or faulty vehicle parts
- Hiring and training safe bus drivers
- Conducting background checks before hiring drivers
- Getting passengers to their destinations safely
- Paying attention to the roadway at all times
- Never driving under the influence
- Obeying all roadway rules
If you suspect that the negligence of your bus driver or the entity in charge of the bus system caused your recent Charleston crash then you should get in touch with a Charleston bus accident attorney. You may be eligible for compensation. The same is true if a third-party caused your accident such as a vehicle part manufacturer or another driver on the roadway. No matter who you believe is at fault for your bus accident, speak to an injury attorney in Charleston now. Call the Max Sparwasser Law Firm, LLC.
Can You Bring a Suit Against the Government for a Bus Crash?
It is possible to bring a lawsuit against Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA), the city, or another government agency after a bus accident, but these lawsuits abide by different rules. In the event that you need to file a claim against the Charleston or South Carolina government, your statute of limitations will be shorter than the typical three years after the crash.
A Charleston bus accident lawyer can be of significant help in complicated cases against the government for a common carrier crash. If your case involves a privately-owned bus company, the company may be liable for its own negligence and/or that of its drivers and employees. You might be able to bring a suit against the private company if the driver was speeding, texting, fatigued, or distracted at the time of the accident, or if the company failed to maintain its fleet vehicles.
Call Us Today for a Free Bus Accident Consultation
After a head-on collision, rear-end collision, bicycle accident, tire blowout, or another type of bus accident in Charleston, the best thing you can do is to contact the Max Sparwasser Law Firm, LLC. We’ll schedule a no-cost, no-obligation consultation at our convenient Charleston law office. We want to discuss your rights as an injured bus passenger. Call (843) 864-6444 today.