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Protecting The Wrongfully Injured

Each year, city and school bus accidents lead to injury and deaths for children and adults riding buses, or bicyclists and pedestrians hit by buses, due to the negligence of bus operators or those responsible for bus maintenance. According to released statistics from the Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS), the number of Ohio school bus accidents are increasing year on year. Road safety authorities, like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, are concerned that city and school bus accidents are causing leading to more injuries and Truck Accidents.

From 2005 to 2014, there were almost 1,200 school-transportation-related crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and numerous city bus related accidents reported. Over 18,000 injuries occurred, and of the total number of fatalities, 304 were school-age children: occupants of school buses, pedestrians or occupants in other vehicles.

Many of the accidents and injuries on Ohio’s roads result in problems for victims, including huge medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and in many cases, permanent injuries.

Following a serious bus accident, victims should contact an experienced Ohio bus accident lawyer to investigate. Joe Lyon is an experienced Ohio personal injury attorney, well-versed in the science and economic impact bus accidents have on a victim’s life and family. 

Common Causes of Bus Accidents

Even though buses represent a small percentage of vehicles on Ohio’s roads, like trucks, they are involved in many of the most serious accidents reported each year.

Bus accidents are almost always preventable. Too often, negligence plays a role in road accidents, whether it’s a bus driver or driver of another vehicle. Common causes of bus accidents include:

  • Driver fatigue
  • Driver distraction
  • Driver error
  • Defective bus safety equipment
  • Malfunctioning safety features
  • Reckless driving behavior & Excessive speeding
  • Improper or inadequate training of bus drivers
  • Failure to maintain busses
  • Overloading busses
  • Roadside Hazards
  • Negligent Highway Design
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Unsafe driving practices—dangerous turns and lane changes, following vehicles too closely, failure to check blind spots, and improper turn signals

Serious Injuries Associated with Bus Accidents

Thousands of motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians are injured in city and school bus crashes and collisions every year. Some common bus accident injuries may include:

How to File a Lawsuit

Your attorney can help in filing a personal injury lawsuit following a bus accident, and lead you through the following process:

  • File a complaint: Plaintiffs and attorneys will determine fault and name specific defendants, which may include negligent bus drivers or municipalities. An Ohio auto negligence attorney can help you organize your complaint in a legal format and get the document filed in court. The named defendants will then be served with copies of the complaint and will be required to provide a response in writing.
  • Discovery Period: The discovery process includes depositions, interrogatories, and potential requests for documents. Your attorney will question the defendants under oath. Interrogatories include written answers to questions. Document requests in bus accident lawsuits can include police records, and any document that supports the claim.
  • Settlement or trial period: most bus accident lawsuits are settled before the trial period. Your lawyer can negotiate a fair settlement, and you can choose to accept or seek more compensation in a trial.

Contact an Ohio Bus Accident Lawyer

Following any bus accident or collision with a municipal vehicle, the victim may have a claim against the responsible party and may recover medical costs and damages. All too often, insurance companies are difficult to deal with and refuse to pay out claims.

As a result, those injured in an Ohio bus accidents are encouraged to hire a Cincinnati bus accident lawyer to assist in the legal process.

After seeking professional medical care, a plaintiffs can start to consider what legal actions may be necessary to recover proper compensation. The Lyon Firm works with Accident Investigators to determine the root cause of a car or bus accident.

Ohio bus accidents can be reduced if bus drivers and passing motorists follow state laws and tips from the National Safety Council:

  • Drivers should make sure children wear seat belts
  • Drivers should be aware of pedestrians and bicyclists
  • Do not pass a school bus that stops to load or unload children.
  • Stop your vehicle far enough from a school bus to see children on three sides.
  • When in doubt, slow down. Watch for children walking in the street.
  • Watch for children playing near bus stops.
  • Be aware that children may dart into the street without looking at traffic.
  • Learn and obey the school bus “flashing signal light system” that bus drivers use to alert motorists of certain actions: Yellow flashing lights indicate the bus is preparing to stop. Red flashing lights and extended stop arms indicate a school bus has stopped and children are getting on or off. Motorists must stop their cars and wait.


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Joseph Lyon has 17 years of experience representing individuals in complex litigation matters. He has represented individuals in every state against many of the largest companies in the world.

The Firm focuses on single-event civil cases and class actions involving corporate neglect & fraud, toxic exposure, product defects & recalls, medical malpractice, and invasion of privacy.


The Firm offers contingency fees, advancing all costs of the litigation, and accepting the full financial risk, allowing our clients full access to the legal system while reducing the financial stress while they focus on their healthcare and financial needs.

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Why are these cases important?

Serious injuries and accidents often result through no fault of the injured party, yet the injured victim suffers from life altering physical, mental and financial losses. Such economic and human losses can have devastating financial consequences on individuals and families if not properly compensated. Tort law allows those individuals to seek just legal recourse through personal injury lawsuits.


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Our Victories

The Lyon Firm aggressively, professionally, and passionately advocates for injured individuals and families against negligent individuals or companies to obtain just compensation under the law. 



(Brown County, Kentucky):   The Lyon Firm was second chair a case involving a driver texting and driving when he crossed the median, killing a father of four. The case was resolved once discovery confirmed the cell phone records proved the texting-related incident. The settlement will pay for the surviving childrens’ education. The driver was likely facing additional criminal charges at the time of the settlement.



(Cincinnati, Ohio):  The Lyon Firm was lead counsel in a $495,000 settlement. This case involved a motorcycle operator who sustained fractures of the calcaneus, talus, medial cuneiform, tarsal bones, and tarsometatarsal when a car ignored its driving lane and crossed into his right-of-way. Settlement provided repayment of medical bills of $20,000 and funds for future education to re-enter the work force in a less physically-demanding job.

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