Early last month, one person died while 38 were injured when a charter bus overturned near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

The victims were student missionaries from Mount Zion Baptist Church in Huntsville, Alabama who were on their way to the airport for a 10-day mission trip to Africa.

In May, 13 students in Brooks suffered minor injuries when the driver of their school bus lost control of the vehicle and crashed.

The Georgia Department of Transportation listed a total of 342,534 traffic accidents in its Crash Analysis, Statistics and Information Notebook 2008. The list showed an average of 1,198 vehicle crashes per day.

Among the types of vehicles involved in these accidents, 3,285 were buses.

Traveling through buses is perhaps the third most convenient way of getting to your destination, aside from private vehicles and train travels.

Buses ply to almost every busy area in Georgia. Students, in particular, prefer this mode of public transport since schools and universities are included in select bus stops.

Although generally considered safe compared with motorcycles and cars, buses are not spared from vehicular accidents, and when these happen, multiple injuries, or even death, are an unavoidable circumstance.

Bus accidents may occur due to the driver’s negligence or reckless driving, over speeding, driving under the influence of liquor or drugs, driver beating a red light, falling asleep while driving, a defective bus or failure to follow correct maintenance schedule, texting while driving, poor or hazardous road conditions, defective traffic signs, absence of road warning signs, among other causes.

When you or any of your family had been involved in a bus accident, you need a competent lawyer to represent you and claim justice from what had happened to you. You need a lawyer who is an expert in this field and who can help you get through the ordeal. And one lawyer who can do the job well is Allen W. Bodiford.

Atty. Bodiford has been practicing law for more than 25 years in Stockbridge, Georgia. One of his specializations as a registered law practitioner is on accident claims.

In a bus accident, all victims have the right to receive compensation, which is made through insurance claims and are settled according to each victim’s level of injuries.

The amount that the victims can claim will be decided by the judge, taking into consideration the level of disability, the age of the victim and the nature of the injury.

Atty. Bodiford and his partners at Bodiford Law Group will make sure you get the maximum compensation based on your injury, including medical needs, loss of income while you are still recuperating from the injury, property damage, and even future medical or rehabilitation needs. They are very knowledgeable in the calculation of compensation.

What is best about Atty. Bodiford is that he provides a consultation at no cost! Plus, he will make sure you will win your case against the negligent driver or the owner of the bus. Bodiford Law Group serves clients in ConyersCovingtonGriffinJacksonJonesboroMcDonough, and Stockbridge.