For many travelers, the decision to hail a ride from an airport shuttle to save on airport parking is a no-brainer. The service is convenient, friendly, and economical. Yet, as soon as negligence rears its ugly head, all those advantages disappear. The last thing you could expect as you gleefully approach the airport on your way to a new destination is to get caught in an airport shuttle accident.
These accidents happen for a variety of reasons, and can leave you with painful injuries that not only keep you away from your travels, but keep you out of work. At RizkLaw, our Portland airport shuttle accident attorneys represent individuals, including tourists, who have been injured in these types of accidents. We can help you recover the full compensation you deserve to cover for the many expenses you will face.
Why do Airport Shuttle Accidents Occur?
As with any other vehicles, shuttle buses are prone to accidents. The majority of these accidents are caused by human error. Whether your driver fell asleep at the wheel or the bus did not receive proper maintenance, a human was at fault for the accident that led to your injuries. Typically, several parties can be held accountable for the injuries you suffered. Our attorneys are dedicated to helping you recover maximum compensation for your losses.
Shuttle buses have a high center of gravity and weigh significantly more than a passenger vehicles. These buses present a greater risk of rollover accidents. When drivers fail to exercise caution, such as when they speed, drive carelessly, drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or have not completed training, they place many lives at risk. When a structural problem combines with driver negligence, serious accidents can result. Passengers and pedestrians can incur severe injuries, such as:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Internal injuries
There are few protections in shuttle buses as there are no seatbelts or restraints. While large buses may be safer without these restraints, passengers of smaller buses and vans may be at a loss. This is especially risky when a rollover accident does take place. Passengers in the most severe accidents can face life-threatening conditions or even death.
Who is Liable for Airport Shuttle Accidents?
Pursuing a personal injury claim for an airport shuttle accident may be more or less complex depending on whether you were the occupant of another vehicle or an occupant of the shuttle bus. In either case, you have every right to pursue compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other out-of-pocket expenses. An attorney like Richard Rizk will greatly be able to influence the award you receive.
Shuttle bus companies have a duty to transport passengers safely during each ride. It may be possible to hold them accountable for all that you have suffered. The important thing to keep in mind is to never accept the first settlement offer from the at-fault party’s insurance company. These companies employ several strategies to pay out as little as possible to quickly conclude your case. With over 10 years of experience having worked for “the other side,” Richard Rizk knows these strategies like the back of his hand. He will put this experience to negotiate on your behalf to ensure you receive a fair settlement. If necessary, he will pursue your case in court.
Contact Richard Rizk of RizkLaw for a free consultation to discuss your airport shuttle injury accident. You can call (503) 245-5677 or email info@RizkLaw.com to get started.