Buses can be difficult to maneuver, especially in adverse weather conditions. As a result, bus drivers have an obligation to obey traffic laws and operate the vehicle safely. Unfortunately, in some cases, intoxicated bus drivers cause accidents that result in serious injuries to passengers as well as others on the road. If you or someone close to you was harmed due to an intoxicated bus driver’s negligence, we can help. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we are committed to pursuing the compensation you deserve in your case.
In a study, “Risk Factors Associated with Bus Accident Severity in the United States,” the Journal of Safety Research found that four percent of drivers were found to have been driving under the influence, speeding, or driving while drowsy. While this number is low, given the sheer size, height, and weight of a bus, accidents involving these vehicles can have devastating consequences.
Drivers of commercial vehicles are legally intoxicated when their blood alcohol content is 0.04 percent or greater. In the state of Florida, bus drivers are commercial drivers. Driving under the influence is also a form of negligence. In order to establish negligence, the plaintiff must show the following elements. The bus driver owed the plaintiff a duty of care to practice caution, the bus driver breached the duty of care owed to the plaintiff, and the plaintiff’s injuries were a direct result of the bus driver’s breach.
A plaintiff may also be able to file a claim against the bus owner or the company that employed the bus driver at the time of the accident. An employer in Florida can be held vicariously liable for an employee’s negligence if the driver was acting within the scope of his or her employment when the wreck took place. In some cases, the plaintiff may file a claim against multiple parties if you believe there is more than one party at fault. Under Florida law, each party will be liable for its percentage of fault.
Victim of bus accidents can have serious and long-term injuries. Fortunately, Florida law allows plaintiffs to recover both economic and non-economic damages. Typically, a plaintiff may pursue compensation for medical costs, lost income, property damage, pain and suffering, and any other expenses arising from the accident. Of course, the exact amount of compensation that will be available in a particular case will depend on the nature and extent of the harm suffered in that case.
Bus accidents may cause serious harm to occupants of the bus as well as other motorists on the road. If you have been injured by a drunk bus driver’s negligence, it is important to reach out to a skilled Miami bus accident attorney. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we have helped many South Florida clients resolve their legal claims, and we can help you as well. To discuss your case in more detail, do not hesitate to call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or contact us online today.
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