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      Scott Pryor

      Attorney at Law - Scott is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and is listed in the top 1% of trial attorneys in the nation by the Litigator Awards. He is also a member of Super Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association—Champion Level and sits on the Communications Committee of GTLA, and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

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      James MacLelland

      COO - James has 25 years of experience building productive teams, scalable processes, and profitable businesses.  Immediately prior to joining The Scott Pryor Law Group, as COO of a national law firm, James built and operated one of the largest legal intake teams in the country. Guiding a team of 70 individuals running 24/7 and 365 days a year they successfully marketed, retained, and onboarded over 200 new clients to the firm daily, achieving a pace and capacity of over 50,000 new clients annually. 

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    • Philip Lorenz
      Philip Lorenz

      Attorney at Law - Philip W. (“Phil”) Lorenz is a seasoned trial attorney, Phil has tried, mediated, or facilitated settlement of tens of millions of dollars in claims and lawsuits over the course of his career.

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    • Paul Dietrick
      Paul Dietrick

      Attorney at Law - Paul A. Dietrick has practiced civil trial law for over forty years, in State and Federal Courts, and Georgia Appellate Courts. Paul is a zealous guardian of the rights of those injured by the negligence and carelessness of others. Paul’s clients have recovered millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts.

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      Jocelyn Galloway

      Attorney at Law - Jocelyn Galloway is an attorney with over a decade of experience and a legal process innovator who has dedicated her career to protecting the rights of plaintiffs against large corporations.

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      Angie Hemmings

      Client Experience Manager - Angie joined The Scott Pryor Law Group and quickly made her mark on the Firm. Her previous employment on staff at a local church prepared Angie for her current role in client relations and marketing. Meeting prospective clients, checking in regularly with current clients, and staying in touch with former clients are what Angie is passionate about. She wants you to know that you and your family are important to her.

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      Rhonda Anzaldua

      Marketing Manager - Rhonda brings over 20 years of customer service and hospitality experience to the marketing and intake team. She is passionate about providing our clients with an outstanding experience from the very first day, and prides herself in her ability to be straightforward and honest but also able to empathize and offer comfort in the difficult conversations.

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      Steve Ware

      Senior Case Manager

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Is the Bus Company Liable for Passenger Injuries?

When a Georgia bus runs into trouble, what happens to the passengers afterward? Can injured riders recover their damages from the bus company? That will depend on many factors, but these are the most important:

  • What kind of accident occurred,
  • Who was at fault, and
  • The type of bus service that the passengers were using.

Bus Accidents and Why They Occur

Did the passenger’s injury occur because of something that happened on the road or because of something that happened inside the bus? This will determine whether or not the bus can be held liable and how a claimant should seek relief.

Causes of bus injuries include:

  • Road accidents
  • Negligent maintenance
  • Defective manufacture of buses or auto components
  • Unsafe conditions inside the bus (such as dangerous floors)
  • Negligent or deliberate acts by other passengers (such as assault)

In the case of a road accident, liability will depend upon many of the same factors as in any crash. But bus companies also have special duties of care to their riders. A bus company that accepts all paying passengers is called a “common carrier.” Under Georgia law, it “must exercise extraordinary diligence to protect the lives and persons of [its] passengers.” However, it “is not liable for injuries to them after having used such diligence.” O.C.G.A. § 46-9-132.

Aside from road accidents, passengers can be hurt in many of the same ways as they would on any other business property, such as by slipping and falling on a hazardous floor or relying on broken bus fixtures. They may also encounter dangerous people on the bus and be subject to assaults or robberies. In cases like these, recovery may be possible, but it is more complicated.

Ultimately, whether a bus company is liable to an injured passenger will depend on exactly what took place and whether, by law, the company had a duty to prevent their injury. It is essential to speak to an attorney about any possible case you have, especially if more than one person was injured in the same incident. Although buses regulated by federal law are required to carry a certain level of insurance, the costs of multiple claimants can skyrocket, complicating recoveries for everyone.

Filing Claims against a Bus Company

How you file a claim for a bus injury—and, sometimes, how much you can recover—depends on the nature of the bus service. Was it a commercial bus, selling regular tickets or running charters? Or did it belong to a branch of the government, like public transport or school buses?
Some of the most common bus services we use are:

Public Transportation

Since governments manage public transportation, a passenger injured on a public bus will generally need to make a claim against the governmental unit—city, state, or federal—that ultimately owns it.

Filing a claim against a department of the government involves following specific, separate laws and regulations. For example, the city of Atlanta manages MARTA. Under Georgia state law, an injured passenger has six months to file a notice of claim with the city. If MARTA does not accept their claim, they may then file a lawsuit.

School Buses

A public school district or county may own and operate their buses directly, as they do in Gwinnett County. Alternatively, the schools may contract with a private transportation company if it is certified by the Department of Public Safety. The process of filing a claim will depend on how the bus at issue was owned and managed.

Unfortunately for bus riders, public school liability in Georgia is very limited by law, and determining whether the injury pertains to the actual use of the bus can be very complicated.

Passengers who were injured on or near the bus but not in an accident or collision may find it very difficult to prevail in court. In order to determine whether your child might have a case, you will need to consult an attorney familiar with Georgia accident litigation.

Commercial Intercity Buses or Motor Coaches

Private bus companies often limit their liability through the fine print on the ticket stubs, or at least they try to. For example, the fine print may require a passenger to file a claim within days or weeks. It might also require them to submit to arbitration or to file any lawsuit in one particular district far from home. However, under Georgia law, the company may not be able to enforce clauses that appeared on the ticket or receipt. A Georgia accident attorney will be able to determine whether these clauses really apply and how to handle the process of recovery.

Shuttle Buses

Hotels and other large institutions offer shuttle buses or vans to transport guests and customers, usually over a short regular route. The hotel may operate the bus itself, or it may use a private contractor. Either the hotel or the contractor may be liable for an accident, depending on what exactly took place.

If you have suffered injuries in any type of Georgia bus accident, you may be able to recover damages for:

  • Medical bills, including travel expenses for treatment
  • Lost wages and/or earning opportunities
  • Pain and suffering

However, it is crucial to speak with an attorney. Otherwise, the company may be able to mislead you about what you can recover; worse yet, you may miss a crucial filing deadline. At the Scott Pryor Law Group, you don’t have to pay us unless we obtain a settlement in your favor or win your case. Call us today at (404) 474-7122 to schedule a free consultation in Peachtree Corners, Lawrenceville, or Atlanta.

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