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Throughout the state of Colorado, large buses travel along busy freeways and congested city streets. Some of these buses, shuttle out of state tourists to and from the airport, while others shuttle kindergarteners off to school. No matter who their passengers are, the bus driver and the bus company have a responsibility to ensure the safety of all their passengers and all those who occupy the roadways around them. If they fail to do so, catastrophic bus accidents can occur, injuring hundreds of people and destroying thousands of dollars in property.
Buses are considered a “common carrier” and under Colorado law, they are held to a higher standard of safety. A common carrier is any individual or company which is in the business of regularly transporting people or freight. Bus drivers have a responsibility to drive safely and with extreme caution. Bus companies also have a responsibility to properly train their drivers and keep their buses adequately maintained. When they fail to do so, serious and often fatal accidents can occur and cause a lifetime of pain and suffering.
Bus driver negligence can unfortunately lead to fatal accidents especially with unsuspecting motorcyclists and pedestrians. In addition, passengers of bus accidents can sustain serious and life threatening brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and soft tissue injuries.
If you or someone you love was involved in a bus accident in the state of Colorado, it is important to contact a personal injury attorney immediately to avoid missing any critical deadlines. If the bus is a government-owned entity, you have a small window of time to file a lawsuit. In fact, according to Colorado law, C.R.S. 24-10-109, injured victims only have 180 days to file a notification. An experienced and aggressive bus injury attorney will be able to ensure that you meet all the state’s requirements so you can receive the compensation you deserve after a traumatic bus accident.
Contact an Aurora or Denver Bus Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a bus accident, there is help available. Fuller Law handles all types of personal injury and car accident cases in the Boulder area and throughout Colorado. If you were injured in a school bus crash, contact John Fuller today to learn about your legal options and to take advantage of your free initial consultation.