After a bus accident on the Connecticut Transit or another bus line, you may need the guidance of a firm that understands the nuances of bus cases in the area. At Harlow, Adams & Friedman, P.C., our bus accident lawyers in New Haven know the bus routes, the laws, and the case precedents that govern bus accident claims. We will use all the resources at our disposal to protect your right to compensation.
An Overview of the Bus System in New Haven
New Haven locals rely on the Connecticut Transit for commutes throughout the metro area. They can catch the bus at interval stops every two to three blocks and enjoy a ride free from the stress of navigation, traffic, and parking. Connecticut Transit also connects with buses and rail systems serving adjacent areas, allowing riders to travel throughout the region without a vehicle.
In addition to the Connecticut Transit, individuals in New Haven may use services such as Greyhound, Megabus, and Peter Pan to travel longer distances. School-aged children commonly rely on local school buses every day of the school year. In all, buses provide a popular alternative to driving in the New Haven area.
While popular, bus travel is not without risks. Dangerous highways such as I-95 and Connecticut-10 see crashes of all types. Negligent passenger vehicle drivers don’t always navigate responsibly around buses, and some careless bus drivers put their passengers and others at risk.
In the city of New Haven, authorities recorded 295 crashes involving school buses, transit buses, and other buses. Bus crashes are different from other motor vehicle crashes because they may involve dozens of people. In civil claims, common carrier laws govern the elevated responsibilities of bus drivers and companies in Connecticut.
Common Carrier Laws and Local Bus Accidents
In Connecticut, the Department of Transportation regulates common carriers including transit buses and school buses. In general, common carriers are responsible for using a higher standard of care on the roadways than everyday drivers. Companies and drivers should:
- Follow all current regulations on appropriate work and rest intervals.
- Warn passengers of recognizable and reasonably foreseeable hazards.
- Address foreseeable hazards to protect the safety of passengers.
- Maintain their vehicles in accordance with state and federal regulations.
- Use the utmost care when operating a bus or other common carrier vehicle.
Bus drivers are not responsible for addressing all possible hazards, but they are responsible for addressing all expected issues. For example, bus drivers should warn passengers of slippery spots in the aisle during inclement weather. Drivers should also focus on navigation and avoid all distractions while in motion.
Common carrier laws and legal precedents largely determine if an injured rider can recover compensation. Our firm frequently refers to cases including Belledeau v. Connecticut Co., 149 A. 127 (Conn. 1930) as a precedent for a “reasonable standard of care” and to support various other aspects of a claim.
Holding Common Carriers Accountable in New Haven
Legal claims against common carriers including bus companies provide injured individuals with compensation, and it holds the local bus industry accountable. At Harlow, Adams & Friedman, P.C., we strive to protect our clients’ rights and to make a positive difference in the local community. We can help you navigate the complexities of bus accident insurance claims and pursue a trial verdict, if necessary. After a bus accident injury in New Haven, contact our attorneys at (203) 878-0661. Case evaluations are always free.