When Bus Accidents Happen

Public transportation is a great invention, and it provides many benefits to society, especially in urban areas. Traveling by bus is convenient, economical, and efficient, and many thousands of people do it every day in the towns and cities of New Mexico. The other side of the coin is that buses are large, bulky vehicles with poor visibility, and they are simply difficult to drive. The passengers of a bus can face great danger from these among other situations:

  • Bus drivers fail to observe strict safety protocols

  • Drivers allow themselves to be distracted while driving

  • Drivers stop on busy streets without using proper signaling

  • Maintenance fails to keep buses in good repair, creating the opportunity for malfunctions

  • Bus manufacturers sell vehicles with faulty equipment on board

As you can see, there are plenty of opportunities for things to go wrong, from the building of a bus to driving it down a busy downtown street full of passengers. In addition, most buses lack the safety precautions that standard cars have, such as safety belts and airbags.

Kinds of Bus Accidents

Different types of buses are prone to different kinds of accidents.

  • Public transportation buses in urban areas often experience “fender benders” with other vehicles on the crowded streets. These minor bumps can still cause injury to passengers, who have little or no restraint from safety belts. Back and neck injuries are common.

  • Charter and tour buses that travel cross-country become very dangerous when their drivers do not get enough sleep. Pressure to meet time deadlines and the temptation to make extra money by driving too many consecutive hours causes long-distance bus drivers to drive too long and risk falling asleep at the wheel. The resulting crashes frequently make news headlines, and injuries range from bumps and bruises to wrongful death.

  • School bus drivers can easily become distracted by the activity of children on the bus. New tracking technology such as GPS has shown that many school bus drivers exceed speed limits and fail to follow safe driving practices, placing children’s lives in danger.

Justice in Bus Accidents

Whatever the injury, victims of bus accidents usually must turn to a personal injury lawyer in order to get a fair compensation for their recovery costs. Insurance companies have many tactics for making it appear that minor injuries are unrelated to bus accidents, and even in clear-cut cases, they attempt to find loopholes that will excuse them from paying victims what they deserve.

When you choose to entrust your case to Killian Davis Richter & Mayle, you can count on:

  • A long history of experience practicing law in the New Mexico court system

  • Determination to fight for your rights

  • A thorough knowledge of liability law and how it applies in your case

  • Negotiation skills to bring your case to a fast conclusion

Types of Motor Vehicle Accidents

In New Mexico, motor vehicle accidents happen every day. In every case, an accident is the result of some failing to follow traffic rules. This can happen because of:

  • A medical emergency, such as a heart attack, that strikes the driver

  • An event inside the vehicle that distracts the driver from driving safely

  • The influence of alcohol, drugs, or exhaustion on the driver

  • Simple disregard of traffic laws through carelessness

It is a tragedy any time a driver is injured or killed by his own failure to follow traffic rules, but it’s even worse when an innocent victim is hurt because he or she was in the way. We would all agree that these victims should not have to pay for their own recovery from an accident, but unfortunately, without the help of a personal injury lawyer, that’s exactly what happens in many cases.

Responsibility for Motor Vehicle Accidents

Who is responsible for an accident? Obviously, it depends on the situation. It may be easy to tell immediately after the event who was in the wrong, but with the passing of time, it becomes harder to prove just what happened. There are several steps that a victim needs to take as soon as possible after a car accident:

  • Get the contact information of eyewitnesses

  • Take as many pictures and videos of the scene as possible

  • Have the police present to fully document the accident

  • Get checked out by a doctor immediately to identify any injuries caused by the accident

  • Contact a personal injury lawyer in New Mexico to make sure you get the financial compensation you deserve

As you struggle to heal, your attorney will take care of building your case and negotiating with the responsible party’s insurance company to get you enough money to cover all of your upcoming medical bills and lost wages.

Motor Vehicle Accident Lawsuits

The reason litigation is so often necessary after motor vehicle accidents is because insurance companies strongly resist paying on claims. This situation is unfortunate, but the truth is that it usually takes the clout of a legal expert to force an insurance company to make a payment that is fair. The responsible insurance company might:

  • Offer a very small payment soon after the accident, hoping that you will accept it and give up your right to demand more in the future

  • Claim that you were partly responsible for the accident and not entitled to full compensation

  • Deny all responsibility for the car crash, hoping that you do not have enough evidence to prove your case

Motorcycle Accidents are Common

For all its excitement, appeal, and adventure, biking has its dangers: motorcycle accidents are tragically common through the United States, and the beautiful state of New Mexico is no exception. Tourists and residents alike who ride through the deserts, forests, and cities of the state face the possibility of injury and death on a regular basis. Some accidents are due to natural causes and are unavoidable, but those only account for a small percentage of crashes. Far more often, the cause is one of these human factors:

  • Vehicle drivers failing to see motorcyclists. This problem is magnified for drivers of very large vehicles, such as tour buses, moving trucks, and tractor trailers.
  • Drivers simply displaying reckless behavior around motorcyclists, because of frustration, hurry, or simply a dislike for motorcycles.
  • Dangerous road conditions created through negligence on the part of the agency responsible for maintenance
  • Faulty equipment on the motorcycle itself

Victims of motorcycle accidents in New Mexico should never assume that they were completely at fault without consulting with a personal injury lawyer first. In a free consultation with Killian Davis Richter & Mayle, you can find out if you are eligible for compensation for your accident.

Fault in Motorcycle Accident Cases

Establishing fault is one of the most important components of your personal injury case. If your case goes to trial, the court will try to decide whether:

  • You were entirely at fault, causing the accident through recklessness or negligence
  • Both parties were partly at fault, sharing the blame for any injuries that occurred
  • The other party (driver, maintenance agency, or manufacturer) was entirely at fault and is responsible to fully cover your recovery costs

Insurance companies for drivers and companies often try to claim that the motorcyclist contributed to the accident, but the truth is that in many cases, drivers simply do not extend to bikers the attention and courtesy that they give other drivers. For example, they may suddenly merge into another lane, cutting off a motorcyclist and causing them to crash. An insurance company might try to argue that the motorcyclist was partly responsible for the accident, although the driver was completely at fault.

Justice for Motorcycle Accident Victims

Riding a motorcycle does not mean that you have fewer rights than the other drivers on the road. We are committed to helping victims get the help they need to recover after an accident caused by negligence. When we take your case, we quickly:

  • Assemble whatever evidence and testimony is available to prove the other party’s responsibility for your injuries
  • Write up a demand based on your injuries, property damage, lost work, and other present and future expenses
  • Use our experience in similar cases to win you a fast, fair settlement
  • Take your case to court if necessary and fight to have you treated fairly under the law