The bus rolled over, ejecting passengers after the driver overcorrected and hit a gravel median. Others were injured when their cars crashed trying to avoid the bus. This was a terrible tragedy and our thoughts are with those who are trying to recover from injuries suffered due to this accident and, of course, with all of those who lost loved ones.
Under Arizona law, all drivers have a responsibility to drive with safety, to avoid causing injuries to those within their vehicles and others lawfully on the public roadway. This responsibility is referred to as a “legal duty”. When a driver causes an accident, they are said to have breached their legal duty to the injured. Under Arizona law, when a person or company transports persons for a fee, they are called a “common carrier”, and the law ascribes to them the highest type of duty (i.e. they have to be the most careful). Under Arizona law, a person is legally and financially responsible for damages they cause. In addition, if they are working for another at the time, then their employer is also legally and financially responsible for the injuries and damages of the injured party.
We know that at times like this no one wants to worry about how they are going to pay their medical bills or if their insurance company is going to pay for their hospital stay. We are here to answer your questions, and to provide you help and guidance for uncertain and troubled times following an injury accident. The responsible driver and employer will have insurance officials and attorneys to protect them---you also need to protect yourself and know your rights. There are few who can explain your right and options under these circumstances more so than an experienced personal injury attorney in Arizona. In particular, one who has been determined to be a specialist in injury and death matters by the State Bar of Arizona.