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PREMISES LIABILITY ATTORNEY

If you suffered an injury in this manner and need legal help, contact the Tampa Bay premises liability lawyers at the Lucas, Macyszyn, & Dyer Injury Firm right away. We are Florida Board Certified personal injury attorneys, and you can trust we will do everything we can to protect your rights. Seek out a free case evaluation today.

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People visit many locations around Tampa Bay, either as tourists or as part of their everyday lives. Whether you are shopping, visiting an attraction, or anything else, you do not expect to suffer injuries. However, many people need medical treatment for injuries they sustain in businesses or on someone else’s property, and such injuries can lead to premises liability claims.

Premises liability refers to the responsibility of business or property owners to cover the losses of those injured due to avoidable hazards. Companies and owners must maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition if they invite customers or other guests in. When a dangerous condition causes an accident and injuries, the injury victim can bring a premises liability claim to seek compensation for their losses.

Premises Liability Risks in Tampa Bay

Whether you live in Tampa Bay or are visiting, there are many places where you might suffer injuries in a premises liability accident.

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Some include:

  • Publix Super Market and Walmart Super Centers
  • The Florida Aquarium
  • Hotels and resorts
  • Busch Gardens
  • Adventure Island
  • Florida State Fairgrounds
  • Raymond James Stadium
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
  • WestShore Plaza
  • Hyde Park Village
  • Heights Public Market
  • Restaurants and bars

If you are visiting an apartment or condo complex for an Airbnb or to see friends, you might also suffer injuries due to common area hazards.

Going up against businesses or owners of large properties can be intimidating, especially when your focus should be on your physical recovery from your injuries. Our team of Tampa Bay premises liability attorneys is ready to help.

Slip and Fall Accidents

“Slip and fall” is a term for an accident when someone slips or trips on something, causing them to fall. Slip and fall accidents are the most common type of premises liability cases, and they center on the question of a property owner’s duty to care for the property and avoid slip and fall hazards.

Some common slip and fall hazards include:

  • Wet or slippery floors
  • Items in walkways
  • Cords not secured to the wall
  • Loose carpet or rugs
  • Worn flooring
  • Dangerous steps, ramps, or stairs
  • Failure to warn when a floor is wet

To get compensation in a slip and fall case, you must prove either that the defendant created the hazard that led to the accident or that the defendant knew or should have known about the danger and did not remove or repair it. This can often be difficult to prove since establishing when a given hazard first appeared can be challenging.

That is why Lucas, Macyszyn, & Dyer Injury Firm aggressively represents victims of slip and fall accidents – to help ensure they prove their claims and receive full compensation for their injuries.

Slip and falls can cause serious injuries, including fractures, back injuries, concussions, soft tissue injuries, and more. Always report the accident to the premises owner, get the medical attention you need, and call our office to learn about your rights.

Other Premises Liability Accidents

While slip and falls are common premises liability claims, other accidents fall under premises liability.

These include:

  • Swimming pool accidents
  • Theme park accidents
  • Toxic exposure
  • Assaults due to inadequate security
  • Electrical accidents
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning

If you suffered injuries in these ways, we can help determine whether you have a premises liability claim.

Responsibility for School Bus Accidents

School bus accidents in the Tampa region are an unfortunately all-too-common occurrence. Each year, over 33 percent of all traffic fatalities are school transportation-related.

Some recent news reports have shared some disturbing findings of recent school bus accidents—including that some school bus drivers continue to transport students despite having numerous prior driving offenses on their record. Some of these drivers have even caused prior crashes, yet school districts still let them get behind the wheel of a bus with young children as passengers.

Bus Drivers

Several individuals and entities might be responsible for a bus accident. First, the bus driver may be liable for the crash. Bus driver negligence is one of the most common causes of school bus accidents, and negligence can take several forms. Often, negligence involves a driver who violated a traffic law or regulation, engaged in distracted driving, or operated the bus while they were under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

School bus drivers owe their passengers a higher duty of care than other motor vehicle drivers because they transport young school children to and from school daily. They must maintain a special driver’s license, and as such, they must abide by a higher standard of care than the driver of a non-commercial vehicle. A bus driver should handle each situation as a “reasonable bus driver” would, and if they depart from this standard and cause harm, they are negligent.

Violating Traffic Laws

School bus drivers often violate this reasonable duty of care when they violate various traffic laws. For example, they might operate their buses far over the posted speed limit, fail to use a turn signal when necessary, fail to maintain the bus, or fail to yield the right-of-way at a stop sign or traffic light. When school bus drivers violate these standard traffic laws, they significantly increase the chances of an accident that leads to passenger injuries.

Distracted Driving

School bus accidents also happen when drivers engage in distracted driving. This occurs when a driver pays attention to something other than driving. A school bus driver can become distracted when they text and drive or use another electronic device.

Even having their head turned to discipline a student on the bus can divert their attention away from the road, leading to a severe collision. Even when the driver looks away for a second or two, it can be long enough for them to miss an oncoming motor vehicle or another road obstacle.

Driving Under the Influence

Finally, school bus accidents happen when bus drivers operate their vehicles under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Since bus drivers are professional drivers, they have stricter rules about impaired driving than the drivers of passenger vehicles. When a driver operates a bus while intoxicated or impaired, they significantly increase the chances that they will cause a collision.

Alcohol, in particular, can significantly impair a bus driver’s physical abilities and prevent them from seeing clearly. In addition, alcohol can delay a driver’s reaction time. As a result, the driver might not stop their bus in time to avoid a severe impact with another vehicle.

School Districts and Bus Companies

School districts are responsible for making sure they employ capable drivers who have good driving records without a history of prior driving infractions, accidents, or crimes. When school districts do not do their due diligence when hiring drivers or when they retain a problem driver, they increase the chances of an accident.

Depending on the circumstances of an accident, a school district can be on the line for negligent hiring, negligent retention, or negligent supervision over a school bus driver who later causes an accident.

School districts also might have vicarious liability if they employed the bus driver. If a separate bus company employed the driver and contracted with a school, that business might be on the hook for vicarious liability.

Repair Facilities

Entities that perform repair work on a bus must complete their job properly. When they fail to do so and a bus malfunctions in the middle of the road, a serious accident with another vehicle can occur. In many instances, it takes expert testimony at trial to prove that negligent repair work caused or contributed to a school bus accident.

Bus Part Manufacturers

Bus part manufacturers must ensure that they manufacture their products safely and they properly test their products before selling them. Steering devices, transmission systems, and braking components are especially susceptible to malfunction if manufacturers and designers do not do the necessary work beforehand.

If a bus accident victim can demonstrate—usually through expert testimony—that a collision occurred because of a defective part, the accident victim might file a claim against the responsible product manufacturer or distributor.

If your child has suffered injuries in a school bus accident that resulted from someone else’s negligence, you have legal rights and options. The skilled team of bus accident lawyers at Lucas, Macyszyn & Dyer Injury Firm can help you explore these options and can file a claim against all potentially responsible parties in your child’s case. We can then work to get your child the compensation they deserve to recover for their injuries.

Common Injuries from Bus Accidents

Bus passengers have very little protection at the time of an accident. Many buses do not have seat belts, so a collision can severely jar a passenger around – especially a young child. Passengers commonly strike the inside of the bus, including windows, walls, and floors, which can lead to several traumatic injuries. Some passengers might fall through windows or on top of one another if a bus rolls over.

Passengers are not the only ones who might suffer injuries, as a bus might collide with another car, injuring the occupants. Buses are much larger than passenger cars, so they often cause serious injuries and damage in a collision.

Common injuries that victims sustain in bus crashes include:

  • Traumatic head and brain injuries

  • Lacerations and abrasions

  • Whiplash injuries

  • Spinal cord injuries

  • Crush injuries

Following an accident, the injured victim may require significant medical care. Some injuries might heal after a few weeks or months, but they still leave behind costly medical bills. A child might miss school and fall behind if they have severe injuries. An injured adult might miss work and lose income.

Other injuries have lasting effects, and a victim might have their entire life changed by the bus crash. In tragic scenarios, bus accident victims do not survive their injuries.

If you or your child has sustained any of these injuries in a bus accident, the Tampa bus accident attorneys at Lucas, Macyszyn & Dyer Injury Firm are here to help. Our team can handle all of the legal aspects of the case while your child focuses on getting better and fully recovering from their accident-related injuries.

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