BUS ACCIDENTS


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Each year, city and school bus accidents lead to injury and deaths for children and adults riding buses, or bicyclists and pedestrians hit by buses, due to the negligence of bus operators or those responsible for bus maintenance. According to released statistics from the Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS), the number of Ohio school bus accidents are increasing year on year. Road safety authorities, like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, are concerned that city and school bus accidents are causing leading to more injuries and Truck Accidents.

From 2005 to 2014, there were almost 1,200 school-transportation-related crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and numerous city bus related accidents reported. Over 18,000 injuries occurred, and of the total number of fatalities, 304 were school-age children: occupants of school buses, pedestrians or occupants in other vehicles.

Many of the accidents and injuries on Ohio’s roads result in problems for victims, including huge medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and in many cases, permanent injuries.

Following a serious bus accident, victims should contact an experienced Ohio bus accident lawyer to investigate. Joe Lyon is an experienced Ohio personal injury attorney, well-versed in the science and economic impact bus accidents have on a victim’s life and family. 


Common Causes of Bus Accidents


Even though buses represent a small percentage of vehicles on Ohio’s roads, like trucks, they are involved in many of the most serious accidents reported each year.

Bus accidents are almost always preventable. Too often, negligence plays a role in road accidents, whether it’s a bus driver or driver of another vehicle. Common causes of bus accidents include:

  • Driver fatigue
  • Driver distraction
  • Driver error
  • Defective bus safety equipment
  • Malfunctioning safety features
  • Reckless driving behavior & Excessive speeding
  • Improper or inadequate training of bus drivers
  • Failure to maintain busses
  • Overloading busses
  • Roadside Hazards
  • Negligent Highway Design
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Unsafe driving practices—dangerous turns and lane changes, following vehicles too closely, failure to check blind spots, and improper turn signals

Serious Injuries Associated with Bus Accidents


Thousands of motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians are injured in city and school bus crashes and collisions every year. Some common bus accident injuries may include:

How to File a Lawsuit


Your attorney can help in filing a personal injury lawsuit following a bus accident, and lead you through the following process:

  • File a complaint: Plaintiffs and attorneys will determine fault and name specific defendants, which may include negligent bus drivers or municipalities. An Ohio auto negligence attorney can help you organize your complaint in a legal format and get the document filed in court. The named defendants will then be served with copies of the complaint and will be required to provide a response in writing.
  • Discovery Period: The discovery process includes depositions, interrogatories, and potential requests for documents. Your attorney will question the defendants under oath. Interrogatories include written answers to questions. Document requests in bus accident lawsuits can include police records, and any document that supports the claim.
  • Settlement or trial period: most bus accident lawsuits are settled before the trial period. Your lawyer can negotiate a fair settlement, and you can choose to accept or seek more compensation in a trial.

Contact an Ohio Bus Accident Lawyer


Following any bus accident or collision with a municipal vehicle, the victim may have a claim against the responsible party and may recover medical costs and damages. All too often, insurance companies are difficult to deal with and refuse to pay out claims.

As a result, those injured in an Ohio bus accidents are encouraged to hire a Cincinnati bus accident lawyer to assist in the legal process.

After seeking professional medical care, a plaintiffs can start to consider what legal actions may be necessary to recover proper compensation. The Lyon Firm works with Accident Investigators to determine the root cause of a car or bus accident.

Ohio bus accidents can be reduced if bus drivers and passing motorists follow state laws and tips from the National Safety Council:

  • Drivers should make sure children wear seat belts
  • Drivers should be aware of pedestrians and bicyclists
  • Do not pass a school bus that stops to load or unload children.
  • Stop your vehicle far enough from a school bus to see children on three sides.
  • When in doubt, slow down. Watch for children walking in the street.
  • Watch for children playing near bus stops.
  • Be aware that children may dart into the street without looking at traffic.
  • Learn and obey the school bus “flashing signal light system” that bus drivers use to alert motorists of certain actions: Yellow flashing lights indicate the bus is preparing to stop. Red flashing lights and extended stop arms indicate a school bus has stopped and children are getting on or off. Motorists must stop their cars and wait.
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Why are these cases important?

Serious injuries and accidents often result through no fault of the injured party, yet the injured victim suffers from life altering physical, mental and financial losses. Such economic and human losses can have devastating financial consequences on individuals and families if not properly compensated. Tort law allows those individuals to seek just legal recourse through personal injury lawsuits.

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Questions about Personal Injury Cases

What is a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

Any kind of negligence by an individual or company that causes injury or harm can lead to filing a personal injury lawsuit. The amount a plaintiff is entitled to depends on several factors, particularly how egregious the act and how serious the injury.

Personal injury attorneys generally only will take cases on a confidential and contingency fee basis, which means your lawyer will only get paid if he or she is able to reach a settlement or positive verdict. The Lyon Firm will review your case for free and assess what compensation any plaintiff can expect through litigation.

Personal Injury cases can range from minor auto accidents to complex lawsuits filed against large corporations. The Lyon Firm has handled both with equal care. Severe injury requires legal action on occasion, no matter if the injury is the result of a vehicle accident, a dog bite, a boating accident, workplace injury, defective consumer products, medical malpractice, or toxic exposure.

What is the Process?

Pre-Suit Investigation and Negotiations: Personal injury lawsuits are unique and require a thorough investigation before a lawsuit is filed. An initial investigation involves gathering all relevant medical records, accident reports, and interviews with available witnesses.  Preservation letters are drafted to notify the defendant of the case. The duty to preserve electronic evidence is critical in most cases to prevent spoliation.

Filing a Lawsuit in Cincinnati: If pre-suit negotiations are unsuccessful, then a lawsuit must be filed to preserve the statute of limitations.  Filing a lawsuit early in the process is often necessary to begin gathering evidence while the witnesses memories are fresh and documents remain available.

Once suit is filed by your personal injury lawyer, the court will set a case management schedule and the parties will begin exchanging information in the formal process of discovery. Depositions will be taken to preserve testimony for trial and to understand what certain witnesses are likely to say at trial.

Proving Negligence, Causation and Damages: In addition to lay witness testimony and other documentary evidence, personal injury claims rely upon medical and scientific evidence to prove negligence, causation and damages. The chosen expert in a case must have a reliable and sound basis in science and in the facts of the case or his opinion may not be admissible under the rules of evidence.

In the areas of Toxic and Environmental Torts, the admission of expert testimony may be scrutinized harder than in other areas simply because the subject may not have been as widely tested and may rest on novel scientific theories.

Are there any limits to what I can recover?

Each state will vary. Under Ohio law, an injured party may recover damages related to medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, loss of enjoyment of life, past pain and suffering, future pain and suffering, and punitive damages. The numerical limits are as such:

  1. Non-Catastrophic Injury:   The non-economic award is limited to $250,000 per plaintiff, or three times the economic loss, up to $350,000 per plaintiff. A maximum of $500,000 for each “occurrence.”
  2. Catastrophic Injury: No limits.

The Lyon Firm may be able to file injury claims and recover rightful compensation for clients for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost earnings and long-term disability.

Why should I hire The Lyon Firm?

Our Firm will help you find the answers.  The Firm has the experience, resources and dedication to take on difficult and emotional cases and help our clients obtain the justice for the wrong they have suffered. 

Experience:  Joe Lyon is an experienced Cincinnati Personal Injury Lawyer. The Lyon Firm has 17 years of experience and success representing individuals and plaintiffs in all fifty states, and in a variety of complex civil litigation matters.   Personal Injury lawsuits can be complex and require industry experts to determine the root cause of an accident or injury.  Mr. Lyon has worked with experts nationwide to assist individuals understand why an injury occurred and what can be done to improve their lives in the future. Some cases may go to a jury trial, though many others can be settled out of court.

Resources/Dedication: Mr. Lyon has worked with experts in the fields of accident reconstruction, biomechanics, epidemiology, metallurgy, pharmacology, toxicology, human factors, workplace safety, life care planning, economics, and virtually every medical discipline in successfully representing Plaintiffs across numerous areas of law. The Lyon Firm is dedicated to building the strongest cases possible for clients and their critical interests.

Results:  Mr. Lyon has obtained numerous seven and six figure results in personal injury,  automotive product liability, medical Negligence, construction accidents, and auto dealership negligence casesThe cases have involved successfully litigating against some of  the largest companies in the world.

Our Victories

The Lyon Firm aggressively, professionally, and passionately advocates for injured individuals and families against negligent individuals or companies to obtain just compensation under the law. 

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WRONGFUL DEATH: DISTRACTED DRIVER

(Brown County, Kentucky):   The Lyon Firm was second chair a case involving a driver texting and driving when he crossed the median, killing a father of four. The case was resolved once discovery confirmed the cell phone records proved the texting-related incident. The settlement will pay for the surviving childrens’ education. The driver was likely facing additional criminal charges at the time of the settlement.

$495,000

MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

(Cincinnati, Ohio):  The Lyon Firm was lead counsel in a $495,000 settlement. This case involved a motorcycle operator who sustained fractures of the calcaneus, talus, medial cuneiform, tarsal bones, and tarsometatarsal when a car ignored its driving lane and crossed into his right-of-way. Settlement provided repayment of medical bills of $20,000 and funds for future education to re-enter the work force in a less physically-demanding job.

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