Protect Your Recovery After a Bus Fire Injury
In November 2016, the United States Department of Transportation released an important report titled Motorcoach and School Bus Fire Safety Analysis. According to this report, statistics for motorcoach bus and school bus fires are difficult to compile. However, the report notes that bus fires can “quickly consume a vehicle.” In most cases, bus passengers are able to escape before an injury occurs, but when an injury does occur it is often significant or fatal.
Why Bus Fire Injuries Are Serious Injuries
The location of the fire, how quickly it spreads, and where passengers are seated in relation to the fire may all be factors in the injuries that result. Some potential bus fire injuries include:
- Smoke inhalation.
- Carbon monoxide poisoning.
Some bus fire injuries may be fatal.
Bus fires are rarely the fault of the passengers who are injured. However, identifying the person, or company, responsible for the bus fire and resulting injuries can be complicated.
A Thorough Investigation Is Necessary for a Fair Recovery
Often, an investigation needs to be done so that you can identify the proper defendant(s) in a potential legal action. For example, you may be able to sue the bus company, the bus manufacturer, or the bus maintenance contractor depending on what caused the bus fire. Some potential causes of a bus fire include:
- Defective fuel systems.
- Electrical problems.
- Improperly maintained engines.
- Underinflated tires.
- Hazardous material in passenger luggage.
- Driver negligence.
Your bus accident lawyer can conduct a comprehensive investigation to determine the causes of your motorcoach, school bus, or public bus fire. Once the cause has been determined then the proper defendants can be identified and your attorney can advocate for your full and fair recovery through a settlement with the appropriate insurance companies or in court.
To speak with an experienced lawyer, please contact us via this website or by phone today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation at your convenience. We will fight hard to get you the recovery that you deserve.