Seattle Bus Accident Attorneys
Many churches provide passenger vans and buses to take congregation members and groups to special events. Church buses are usually viewed as being “perfectly safe” transportation. But the reality does not match this perception. In fact, serious church bus accidents do happen. Gathering bus accident scene photos, eyewitness reports and police reports are just the beginning of what can be a very long process. The church may/may not own the van or church bus. The owner/operator could be a charter bus service, or a tour bus business.
If you are the victim of a church bus accident, you deserve compensation for your injuries. At Premier Law Group, you will always work directly with one of our expert personal injury attorneys. If you or someone you love has been hurt in a church bus accident, call us today at 206.285.1743 for your FREE Consultation!
File a Church Bus Accident Claim
The truth is, no one wants to sue a church. The accident happened, you are injured, and you have the right to recover your damages.
Most churches do have church bus transportation insurance. They have to because churches use a variety of vans and buses to carry groups. Because of this, it’s important to know who owns/operates the church bus in an accident.
The party who owns the bus, and the person driving the bus, can vary dramatically. Churches use all of the following types of vehicles to transport groups:
- Passenger vans — churches frequently own small passenger vans, but will rent larger vans from a leasing company. If the van gets into an accident, the church, the rental company and/or the driver can be held liable.
- School buses – churches often rent school district buses to take large groups to special events. Determining liability gets tricky. If the driver is a school district employee, the school district is liable for damages. Sometimes school districts hire private drivers for non-school district activities. Liability can be assessed to the church, the school district, and the driver.
- Private/charter buses – charter buses can be hired for “private use” by the church. Either/or the charter company and the bus driver can be held accountable for any bus accidents.
- Tour buses – churches sometimes use tour buses to take large groups to an event arranged by the tour bus company. Again, determining liability can be tricky in this situation. If the church arranged for the tour bus, they can be held liable. If the tour company made all the arrangements, they are liable as is the tour bus driver.
Remember, This Is Why We Pay For Insurance
Liability aside, the victims of a church bus accident are entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and damages. Someone It is important to collect all evidence associated with the accident. This includes:
- Police reports
- Eyewitness reports
- Background information on the tour company
- Background information on tour driver’s medical and driving record.
The Causes of Church Bus and Van Crashes
Bus drivers carry a massive responsibility for the health and wellness of the people they are driving. Some of the causes of church bus and van crashes include:
- Driver Negligence – distracted driving, fatigue, falling asleep behind the wheel, inebriation
- Poor Vehicle Maintenance
- Defective Tires
- Driving Too Fast for Conditions
- Another Motorist’s Driver Negligence
Drivers need to take their responsibilities seriously. Not all do.
Victims of church bus crashes have the right to recover compensation for their injuries and losses.
Contact a Seattle Auto Accident Attorney!
If you or a loved one has injuries from a church bus accident, have lost work, and now the medical bills are piling up; then you deserve justice! Premier Law Group has made the commitment to helping good people like you receive fair compensation following your accident. You always work directly with the attorney, and we are available to work with you, 24/7.
Call 206.285.1743 today, and Schedule your FREE Accident Case Review!
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