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Bus Accidents

FAQs about your Michigan bus accident

Our attorneys provide legal answers to your common bus accident questions here

Below our attorneys have provided answers to common questions we receive from bus accident victims. If you would like to speak to an attorney today, feel free to call (800) 777-0028, and we will be happy to answer your questions, at no cost.

I was in a bus accident, do I have a claim?

Recovering can be difficult for bus accident victims, given the legal landscape in Michigan.

Michigan case law regarding bus accidents tends to favor the bus companies. Many Michigan municipalities have tactics that make it difficult for bus accident victims to collect their No-Fault insurance benefits.

Still, whether you are a passenger on the bus, in another vehicle or a pedestrian or bicyclist, you may have a claim against the bus driver, bus employer or owner of the bus involved in the accident.

Every bus accident case, every person and every injury is different. It’s best to speak with a lawyer in Michigan who has extensive experience with bus accident cases, so you do not miss important deadlines or unknowingly waive your legal rights.

What are my rights in a Michigan bus accident lawsuit?

People injured in bus accidents can often have several options for legal remedies. You can file a No-Fault insurance claim to cover your medical expenses, lost wages and other benefits like attendant care (in-home nursing services).

If you were seriously injured in a bus accident due to someone else’s negligence, you can file a pain and suffering lawsuit, where you can collect monetary damages for your pain and suffering.

Families of people killed in Michigan accidents involving buses can file wrongful death claims.

Here’s more information about your potential bus accident claims.

What kinds of buses are usually involved in bus accident cases?

Such cases involve several types of buses, such as:

  • Private commercial buses, like Greyhound, smaller charter buses, tour buses or paid shuttles
  • Private non-commercial buses, like those owned by theme parks, day cares, nursing homes and churches
  • Public, government-owned transportation, including the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART), Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT), non-urbanized public (state) transit agencies and public university buses
  • School buses

Here’s more information on the difference between public and private bus accident lawsuits.

Who may be responsible for my bus accident damages?

Depending on the specific facts and circumstances surrounding your case, there can be different parties held responsible for your bus accident, including:

  • The bus driver: Bus drivers have a duty to their passengers and other people on the road to drive safely. If the driver is negligent and does not keep the passengers safe, he or she can be liable
  • The bus company: The company that owns the bus can be responsible for the accident because it’s the company’s job to make sure its employees are properly trained, that its buses are in good working order, and that its customers have safe experiences. If the entity that owned the bus failed to do anything that it was responsible for, then it can be held liable
  • The bus maintenance company or the bus/part manufacturer: If the bus company uses a maintenance service and that service was negligent in its maintenance or inspection, it can be held responsible. Similarly, if there was a defect in a part on the bus that caused the accident, the part manufacturer can be held liable
  • The government: If the bus involved in the crash was owned by the local or state government or regional transportation authority and the accident was caused by its negligence, then the government entity or regional transportation authority can be held responsible
  • Negligent driver of another vehicle: The bus accident may have been caused by a secondary vehicle on the road that was operated in a negligent way. The negligent driver may have been texting or speeding and can be responsible for his or her actions that caused the crash

Here’s more information about the difference between public and private bus companies and how this difference could affect your bus accident lawsuit.

How are buses regulated in Michigan?

Michigan bus accidents fall under commercial truck rules and regulations set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, due to their heavy weight.