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If you or someone you love has been involved in a bus accident, Christopher Trainor & Associates can help. Call us for a free consultation to learn more about your right to compensation.

Buses are the most commonly used form of public transportation in the United States, accounting for more than half of all public transportation use in recent years. In Michigan alone, public transit transported more than 30 million passengers in 2022.

The use of buses benefits Flint citizens and the country as a whole in many ways. Buses reduce traffic congestion, air pollution, and wear and tear on our roads, and they save millions of dollars a year in both state and consumer costs. Buses help people get where they need to go, and they usually do it safely.

But when bus accidents happen, they can have devastating consequences. If you've recently experienced a bus accident, you are likely feeling overwhelmed about what to do next. The Flint bus accident lawyers at Christopher Trainor & Associates are here to help.

Michigan Bus Accident Statistics

According to the Michigan Traffic Crash Reporting System, there were more than 15,000 truck and bus accidents in 2022 statewide. There were over 100 fatalities and thousands of injuries reported due to these accidents  Around 1,000 accidents involved school buses, which resulted in two deaths and numerous injuries.

No one wants to worry about their loved ones, especially their children, suffering an injury while commuting to work or school on a bus. We want to trust this mode of transportation and know our loved ones will arrive at our destination unharmed. If this has not been your experience, and you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to a bus accident, reach out to one of the bus accident attorneys at Christopher Trainor & Associates for a free consultation to learn more about your rights and how to receive fair compensation for your injuries.

Types of Buses Involved in Accidents

Michigan is home to many types of buses that operate on our highways. This isn't limited to the public buses that provide transit around Flint. There are school buses, shuttle buses, freight buses, and private buses (such as charters) that also share our roads. Bus lines like SMART Bus cover larger areas in the region, and then there are large corporations like Greyhound that may bring passengers from out of state. Charter buses come from surrounding areas and Canada often stop to visit our museums, sports, casinos, and other tourist attractions. While buses are a safe form of travel, they are all susceptible to accidents that may result in injury.

Types of Bus Accidents

With the many different types of buses we see being used in the Flint area, our bus accident lawyers have seen many different types of motor vehicle collisions involving buses. Some of the more common include:

  • School Buses: School bus accidents are especially scary because they carry our children. School bus drivers have a very high duty of care to ensure the safety of these children, but unfortunately they are not immune to vehicle crashes. These can happen due to the simple nature of the job: a bus driver may be distracted by what is going on by the children, they may be overly tired, or they may be involved in a crash involving another driver who was perhaps driving under the influence or recklessly. School bus accidents are rare, and injuries are even more rare, but they do happen.
  • Shuttle Buses: Shuttle buses are typically used by hotels, universities, and airports to carry passengers to various locations both within their own property and to outside venues. The most common type of accident we see with shuttle buses is due to how top heavy they are. A rollover accident can happen easily if the driver exceeds safe driving speeds in order to stick to a deadline.
  • Public Transportation Buses: Most public transit accidents happen when another vehicle driver makes a rash decision to pass a public bus in unsafe circumstances. Some accidents happen when a public bus attempts to merge away from a pickup or dropoff location and hits without first ensuring their lane is clear. Liability in these cases may fall to either the bus driver or the drivers of other vehicles involved.
  • Freight Buses: Freight buses don't carry passengers; instead they carry cargo much like a commercial semi-truck. There are laws in place regarding to weight limits on these buses and they must be strictly adhered to. If a freight bus is overloaded and becomes too heavy, it can make the bus difficult to maneuver and may result in an accident.
  • Private and Charter buses: These buses are usually owned by a private corporation that rent the buses out to other parties for travel or tours. If the bus company is negligent and does not maintain their vehicles properly or if they hire unqualified drivers, they may be held liable in an accident claim.

If you have been involved in a bus crash while using any of the above forms of transit, call the law offices of Christopher Trainer & Associates for more information on filing your claim.

Who is at Fault for a Bus Accident?

Buses are governed by specific rules to ensure they are safely transporting their passengers. They are held to a higher standard of care than regular personal vehicles and are, therefore, more commonly found at fault during an accident. Of course, this isn't always the case, but it may be assuring to know that passengers on buses are rarely found at fault for these crashes. Parties that may be found at fault include:

  • The driver of the bus
  • The driver of a passenger vehicle driving negligently
  • Third-party contractors or bus companies that rent out the bus
  • Tour companies that use the bus for their tours
  • Local or federal governments responsible for public buses
  • Those responsible for maintaining the bus
  • The person or corporation that owns the bus
  • The bus manufacturer (this also includes parts manufacturers)

No Fault Insurance Benefits

Michigan is one of 18 states that offers no-fault insurance (also known as personal injury insurance, or PIP benefits) in case of a motor vehicle accident. This is a typical benefit included with your auto insurance policy and should cover any injuries caused by a vehicle accident, including an accident involving a bus.

However, if you do not have a personal vehicle and are therefore uninsured, your claim may become more complicated. You may need to file your claim with the bus company's insurance company, but they are only required by Michigan law to pay when there are no other benefits available. If you are an uninsured passenger involved in an accident, you will need to the help of Christopher Trainor & Associates to help you navigate you claim.

Third Party Bus Accident Claims

If you have suffered an injury after a bus accident in Flint you may be able to file a third-party lawsuit against either the bus driver or the company that the driver worked for at the time of the accident.

Your bus accident lawyer will need to determine who owned the bus involved, which could be the government of a private party. If it was owned by a private party you may be able to file a third-party lawsuit similarly to how you would in other vehicle accident claims.

However, if the bus is government owned (in the instance of public transportation) and was operated by a government employed driver, you will likely be in for a legal battle. Insurance coverage for government entities often protect them from having to compensate injured parties on government property. But if the the injury was sustained due to the government employee's negligent actions, an exception can be made.

It is always a good idea to speak with one of the bus and car accident attorneys at Christopher Trainor & Associates to understand the best avenue to take to receive compensation.

What to do Following a Bus Accident in Flint

Vehicle crashes involving buses can have similar devastation as accidents involving any large semi-truck or vehicle. Their size makes them more difficult to maneuver and their weight can lead to a greater damage and injury than what we might see in a personal car accident. This can lead to serious injury or, in some cases, death. If your loved one was killed in a bus accident in Flint, we can help you file a claim for wrongful death.

In the aftermath of an accident you may be filled with adrenaline and feel a sense of overwhelm that might make it difficult to know what to do. After a bus crash occurs, there are a few steps you can take that will benefit you if you need to file a claim.

  1. Check for injuries. The most important thing to consider after a bus accident is your own well-being. Check yourself for any injuries and document them, no matter how small, with pictures and video.
  2. Call the police. Even if you believe the accident is minor, call the police as soon as possible to report the crash and ensure that emergency responders can arrive at the scene quickly. This is especially important in the case of injury or if the crash has disrupted traffic.
  3. Gather evidence. In the age of smartphones, it's incredibly convenient for victims of a car accident to document the scene. Take pictures and videos of any damage done to the surrounding area and any personal injuries. Be sure to speak with police officers to file a report and maintain a copy for yourself. Ask other victims and any eyewitnesses for their contact information in the event you need to speak with them during your claims process.
  4. Seek medical treatment. Even if you believe your injuries are minor, it is important that you seek professional medical attention. This is helpful for a couple of reasons. First, adrenaline often masks more serious injuries. You may not feel pain in the moment, but once the chaos dies down you may realize you are suffering more than you originally believed. You may have also experienced internal injuries that cannot be detected without an examination. Lastly, even with minor injuries, having the documentation from the doctor can help you immensely if you have to file a lawsuit for compensation. Having medical records from immediately after the accident will help establish the connection between the event and your injuries.
  5. Hold onto any records, receipts, or documents related to the bus accident. This includes the police report, photographs, medical bills or discharge papers, evidence of lost wages, receipts from any vehicle repairs, and anything else that might help you with your claim.
  6. Contact an experienced lawyer. This can be done before you even leave the scene of the accident. We can send one of our Flint bus accident attorneys to the scene to gather our own evidence to further help you with the claims process. This removes much of the burden from you, when you should be focusing on taking care of yourself.

What to do if Your Child was Injured in a Flint School Bus Accident

The safety of your child is your priority here. You can follow the same steps outlined above, but it is also extremely important that you don't sign anything given to you by the school or an insurance company without first speaking to an attorney. The school district may try to deny responsibility or trick you into signing something that keeps you from receiving justice for your child. Always speak to a bus accident lawyer before signing anything.

When to Hire a Bus Accident Lawyer

Any time a corporation or third party is involved in an accident, it is wise to hire a personal injury attorney to help you navigate your claim. Bus companies and their insurance providers will have their investigators at the scene of the bus accident to gather evidence to protect their own interests. You will need one of our bus accident lawyers to fight back against these companies, as they will do whatever they can to deny liability.

Call Christopher Trainor & Associates as soon as you can after the accident happens. The more time your attorney has to gather evidence and prepare a solid case for you, the better your chance is of experiencing a favorable outcome that includes fair compensation for your losses. The last thing you need is to be taken advantage of by a bus company and their insurance companies. Let us help you get what you are entitled to while you focus on healing and moving forward with your life.

Statute of Limitations

The statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim in the state of Michigan, including claims involving a Flint bus accident, is three years from the time of the vehicle crash. This time may be extended if your claim involves a minor. Your no-fault insurance claim must be filed within a year of the accident, but if your claim is denied an attorney can help you along in the next steps of the process. Since these claims often take months to resolve, it is advised to speak with a bus accident lawyer as soon as you can in order to get the ball rolling on your case.

Common Causes of Bus Accidents

Just like most any vehicle or car accident, a bus accident can happen at any time and for many different reasons. Some of the more common that we see while filing an accident claim are caused by:

  • Drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Distracted driving
  • Poor training of bus drivers
  • Fatigued or overtired drivers
  • Buses operating over safe capacity
  • Passenger disputes (this can be a distraction to the driver or the passengers may physically disrupt the driving of the bus)
  • Poor maintenance of buses
  • Negligence on the part of the bus driver. This can include speeding, ignoring traffic signals, and improper turns.
  • Rear-end collisions caused by the failure to maintain a safe driving distance
  • Poorly navigated wide turns, leading to a bus striking another car, pedestrian, or bicyclist
  • Poor weather conditions
  • Drivers failing to properly check their blind spots before merging

The process to investigate fault and file a claim can be overwhelming and stressful. If you've been involved in a bus accident, contact Christopher Trainor & Associates for a free consultation.

Common Flint Bus Accident Injuries

Bus accident injuries can vary in severity, but often include:

  • Whiplash: The sudden stop or impact may cause the neck to jerk forward or backward, leading to neck injuries
  • Head injuries: These can range from bumps and bruises, to concussions, to severe traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and can be incredibly damaging.
  • Fractures and broken bones: As is common in any motor vehicle accident, broken or fractured bones frequently occur following a bus accident.
  • Internal injuries: Blunt force trauma can cause internal damage such as internal bleeding and organ damage.
  • Spinal cord injuries: Serious accidents might cause damage to the spinal cord, which can be devastating for the victim.
  • Cuts, bruises, and lacerations: These are usually minor and caused by flying debris or contact with interior structures.
  • Burns: Fire and chemical spills can lead to a passenger suffering burn injuries.

The severity of a victim's injuries depends on numerous factors including the speed and weight of the bus, the nature of the accident, and whether or not the passengers were wearing seat belts. Some injuries may be minor, while other can keep a victim from leading a normal life.

Compensation for Flint Bus Accidents

If you were involved in an accident in Flint, Michigan or in the surrounding areas, you may be entitled to compensation. You could receive monetary payouts for the following physical and economic damages:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages
  • Medical expenses
  • Loss of quality of life
  • Long-term or permanent disability
  • Burial expenses in cases of wrongful death
  • Other expenses related to the accident

Some damages are easy to prove, such as medical expenses or lost wages. But things like quality of life or pain and suffering compensation can be more difficult to establish. These waters can be very challenging to navigate on your own, and if you intend to seek maximum compensation, you will need an experienced Flint bus accident attorney to help you prove your claims. An attorney who has experience with bus cases specifically knows the ins and outs of the laws surrounding bus accidents, which are far more complex than typical car accident cases.

How We Can Help

Your Flint personal injury lawyer can help you in many ways after being injured in a bus accident. They take the burden off of you, remove the confusion, and stand up for your rights against powerful corporations. Here are some of the ways our attorneys can help:

  1. Provide legal guidance and help you understand your legal rights
  2. Investigate the accident
  3. Collect evidence on your behalf
  4. Negotiate with the driver's or bus corporation's insurance company
  5. Work with your own insurance company on the next steps
  6. Argue your case in court if your claim must be escalated to trial
  7. Maximize compensation for your injuries
  8. Advocate for your rights

A bus accident lawyer from Christopher Trainor & Associates will play a crucial role in helping you through the complicated legal process after your accident. We will work to achieve the best possible outcome for your personal injury case. Though no amount of money can ever change what happened to you, it can go a long way toward providing financial security when you are being stretched too thin with medical bills and lost wages.

Contact a Michigan Bus Accident Lawyer Today

If you or someone you love has been injured in a Flint bus accident, you and your family members may be wondering what you need to do next. The truth is, all you really have to do is call us for your free consultation. From that point forward, you will not have to deal with this alone.

Our skilled attorneys will be with you every step as you navigate trying to move forward in your life following your bus crash injury. We truly care about getting justice for every client we take on, and we have the testimonials to prove it. Call 248-886-8650 or contact our Flint bus accident lawyers here for a free consultation.

Areas We Serve

Christopher Trainor & Associates serves many cities in southern lower Michigan. You can find our offices in the following cities:

  • Flint
  • Grand Rapids
  • Ann Arbor
  • Kalamazoo
  • White Lake
  • Lansing
  • Southfield
  • Bay City


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