Baltimore Bus Accident Lawyers
Our Attorneys Help Victims of Bus Accidents in Baltimore, Maryland
Although a bus is generally a safe and economical form of transportation, unsafe drivers and negligent bus companies can quickly change that. Since 1987, LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. has helped bus passengers, motorists and pedestrians recover compensation for damages caused by auto accidents and bus disrepair. Our Baltimore bus accident lawyers handle cases involving:
- Baltimore sightseeing tour buses
- Long-distance buses
- Maryland Transit Authority (MTA) public transportation
- School buses
During more than a quarter-century in practice, our firm has successfully represented thousands of injured victims of car, train and bike accidents, winning more than $100 million through settlements and verdicts.
Why are buses dangerous?
Most bus accidents can be tied to the driver’s errors, the bus company’s negligence or a manufacturer’s production of a defective product. Often a combination of factors and multiple parties are responsible. Our legal team investigates whether these issues contributed to your injuries:
- Absence of safety equipment — Occupants of cars are protected during an accident by seatbelts and airbags, features that are missing on most buses.
- Bus driver fatigue — Bus companies sometimes pressure drivers to take stimulants, skip breaks or forgo sleep on long-distance routes.
- Length of the bus — Pedestrians and bicyclists are put at risk of being hit by the back end of long buses, especially articulated buses whose length is difficult to gauge from the driver’s seat.
- Open-air feature — Although better for viewing the Baltimore Inner Harbor, Fort McHenry and the home of the 2000 Super Bowl champion Ravens, the open-air design of some tour buses can expose passengers to flying debris or ejection.
- Poor fleet maintenance — Serious mechanical problems, such as worn brake pads, broken taillights or threadbare tires, can trigger an auto accident.
- Safety hazards to passengers — While riding or getting onto or off the bus, passengers may be subjected to such dangers as being crushed by doors with broken sensors, being hit in the head by luggage falling from collapsing overhead racks or tripping over raised carpeting.
- Unsafe top-heavy design of the bus — The narrow, tall design of buses — particularly two-tiered tour guide vehicles — makes them vulnerable to rollover accidents, especially if drivers make sharp turns or swerve.
- Unqualified drivers — Some bus companies are willing to hire inexperienced or unqualified drivers to save money on wages and background checks.
Maryland Bus Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Help Recover Damages for Your Bus Wreck Injuries
Learn more about your options and rights after a bus accident. Call LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact our firm online to schedule your free initial consultation with one of our Baltimore bus accident lawyers. Our attorneys take calls 24 hours a day from accident victims, and we handle injury claims throughout Maryland on a contingency basis. We make your satisfaction our top priority.