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Atlanta Bus and Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Pedestrians are at risk of serious injury. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that there were 4092 pedestrians killed in the United States in 2009. In Georgia, the NHTSA data shows that there were 146 pedestrian fatalities in 2008. In addition, in 2009 there were 59,000 pedestrians injured, with 13,000 of those being age 14 and younger.
Pedestrian accidents have many causes that include injuries arising out of negligent operation of buses. Buses may be privately owned but are often publicly owned MARTA vehicles. Operator errors and mechanical failures on buses that cause injuries deserve to be the subject of a lawsuit for damages. Skilled Atlanta bus accident lawyers know how to bring an action against the appropriate parties in a timely fashion—to maximize the amount of recovery on behalf of an injured victim.
Causes of bus accidents
Some of the causes of passenger and pedestrian injuries in Atlanta include the following:
- Bus rollover due to excessive speed
- Head-on collision with another vehicle
- Substance abuse by a driver
- Improper maintenance
- Defective parts
- Drowsy driving
- Failure to adhere to rules of the road
- Driver inattention or distraction
- Improper discharge of passengers
Injuries that result from a bus accident are often serious and fatal. Without seatbelts, occupants of buses are particularly vulnerable to the devastating impacts of a crash. Limbs can be lost, passengers can be impaled, and bodies can be crushed. Because of the large size of a bus, pedestrians who are hit by a bus are likely to sustain serious injury or die whether they are injured when crossing the street or are hurt in a crash of a bus and another vehicle.
You have a limited time to file
If you are injured in a bus accident, it is in your best interests to contact a bus accident attorney in Atlanta as soon as possible. Many buses are owned by MARTA and, because of this, an ante litem notice must be sent to the governing body of the city against which your claim is made within six months of your injury. Do not hesitate to contact an attorney for an evaluation of your case as soon as possible after your accident.
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Let an Atlanta pedestrian injury attorney at our firm help you with a free case review to determine the extent of your injuries and bus accident claim. Simply contact Kenneth S. Nugent, P.C. online, click on Chat Live, or call us toll free at 1-888-579-1790 to speak to a skilled bus accident attorney in Atlanta.