Fatal Bus Accidents

Miami Attorneys for Motor Vehicle Collisions

Riding a bus is not only essential for commuting to work for city dwellers, but buses are also often utilized in recreational ways as an efficient travel method for South Florida residents. Unfortunately, due to their size as well as other factors, when buses are involved in a collision, the results can be deadly. Fatal bus accidents have been consistently rising over the years, with an increasing number of families losing their loved ones. When a bus company, driver, or other party has negligently allowed these tragic accidents to occur, they should be held accountable. Miami bus accident lawyer Robert Dixon helps those who have lost family members pursue legal action against all responsible parties. Mr. Dixon and his staff at the Law Offices of Robert Dixon are dedicated to assisting families in seeking the compensation they need in order to deal with the financial impact of the death of their loved one. We represent clients across South Florida, including in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties, in wrongful death claims. If someone you love has died as a result of a collision involving a bus, contact our office to set up a free consultation and learn more about how we can assist you.

Fatal Bus Accidents

In 2012, the federal Motorcoach Enhanced Safety Act was put in place to establish extra safety rules for the bus industry after there was a continual increase in the amount of fatalities in bus-related incidents. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has noted hours of service violations as well as drivers with questionable driving records operating buses as being contributing factors in these situations. Driver fatigue, however, is the leading cause of fatal bus accidents. In 2017, fatal bus accidents increased nine percent nationwide. Because of the way buses are designed, having an extended height with a higher center of gravity, they are more prone to rollovers in the event of a collision. As such, the potential for life-threatening injuries and death is also higher.

Wrongful Death Lawsuits

Family members of victims who have died as a result of a bus accident, such as a victim’s children, spouse or parent, may file suit pursuant to Florida's Wrongful Death Act in cases involving negligence. To succeed in a wrongful death action, the plaintiffs must prove that the defendant, or defendants, breached a duty of reasonable care owed to the victim and that the breach caused the victim’s death and damages. If you are considering filing suit, it is important to consult a seasoned bus accident attorney who can help you determine whether you may be able to fulfill these elements.

In a fatal bus accident case, various parties can potentially be held accountable. A bus driver could be found negligent if he or she drove while intoxicated or fatigued, failed to exercise proper judgment when operating the vehicle, or failed to follow traffic laws. Bus companies can also be held liable if they failed to maintain their fleet properly, or did not provide sufficient training to their drivers. Additionally, bus manufacturers can be held responsible for any defects in their vehicles that contribute to an accident and fatalities.

Once liability is shown in a wrongful death case, a victim’s family may be awarded damages for any outstanding medical bills associated with the injury that led to the decedent’s passing, as well as loss of support and burial or funeral expenses.

Bus Accident Lawyers Assisting Miami Area Clients

Losing a loved one suddenly is difficult, emotionally as well as financially, especially where that loved one died due to the tragic circumstances of a fatal crash. Attorney Robert Dixon offers compassionate and experienced legal support for families who need to pursue lawsuits while also dealing with grief. If your family member has passed away as a result of a fatal bus accident, please call the Law Offices of Robert Dixon at 877.499.4878 or contact us online today schedule a free consultation to find out more about your legal options.