Sutliff & Stout - Attorneys at Law

Buses Held to Higher Standard of Traffic Safety

A bus operated by Cardinal Coach Line recently crashed on Highway 161, commonly referred to as George Bush Turnpike, injuring a number of the approximately 40 passengers. The bus was traveling to Choctaw Casino in Oklahoma.

While the cause of the collision has not yet been determined, given the injuries and the nature of the accident it is clear that litigation will result from the incident. Cardinal Coach Line and its insurance companies know this and, thus, they will send multiple adjusters and experts to gather evidence to help them argue that they are not responsible for the collision.

After the Accident

If you or a loved one was involved in or injured during the collision, you should consider hiring a qualified lawyer as quickly as possible. In this type of situation, a number of crucial steps need to be taken immediately to ensure that evidence is preserved and that a fair investigation is conducted.

Bus accident cases are significantly different from the run of the mill car accident case. Buses are extremely massive vehicles so the dynamics of a bus accident are going to be different from those of a small car crash. Whatever bus accident lawyer you hire, you should ask them if they are familiar with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations that apply to bus companies and bus drivers. You should also determine if they have the resources necessary to investigate and vigorously pursue a bus accident case.

Before hiring a Dallas bus accident lawyer, it would be to your advantage to ask these important questions:

How long have you been practicing law?

You might not want a rookie fresh out of law school to handle cases involving injury or death of a loved one.

Can I see a list of your case results?

You may want to ensure that your lawyer has taken cases to trial before. Also, you may want to make sure he or she has done a good job when they have gone to trial.

Have you handled cases similar to mine?

Ask your representative about their familiarity in working on cases where the “common carrier” doctrine is in play. This rule applies to companies that transport passengers, such as a bus company.

What experts would you hire to assist investigate this bus accident?

Our firm has bus experts on standby year round to help us investigate and develop cases so that our clients are treated fairly in the litigation process.

What steps would you take to preserve evidence regarding this bus roll-over?

If your lawyer doesn’t have an action plan for your case, it is probably best to go with a different lawyer.

If you have questions regarding whether you may have a claim as the result of a bus accident, feel free to contact us toll free at 1-855-417-7777.

About the Author
Graham Sutliff is an attorney and partner at Sutliff & Stout PLLC. Graham is passionate about advocating for those who have been victimized by the negligence of another. To learn more about Graham and his work, click here.

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