Over three-quarters of Wisconsin counties have some type of bus system in place, including the Milwaukee County Transit System and Madison Metro that have over 2 million boardings every year. There are at least ten different bus companies providing scheduled service between cities and to major airports. Every morning and afternoon during ten months of the year, school children take school buses. In addition, party buses are becoming more popular as well. The proliferation of buses means that bus accidents happen, and when they do, you need the bus accident lawyers at Clifford & Raihala.
Bus accidents are more common than one would think. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation only tracks school bus accidents, and the most recent data lists 578 school bus accidents in 2013. Twenty students were injured just this May when a tractor-trailer crashed into the back of a school bus. Bus accidents involve pedestrians, bicyclists, and other vehicles. Buses lack maneuverability and often cannot respond to situations rapidly enough. When bus accidents happen, usually many people are injured; injuries can include broken bones, head and neck injuries, and punctured lungs. For the party encountering the bus, death is not uncommon.
A bus accident is always a complicated event. Wisconsin uses the comparative fault system in determining responsibility in bus accidents. The bus accident attorneys at Clifford & Raihala will investigate all potentially liable parties, including the driver, the bus company, the maintenance company, and any other vehicle driver involved. Because of the comparative fault system, when a victim in a bus accident is partially to blame, expert bus accident lawyers can still recover damages. Bus accident claims must be filed within three years of the date of the accident, though, so contact a bus accident attorney at Clifford & Raihala today.