Contact Us Today!


Bus Accidents

Bus Accident Lawyer in Phoenix, AZ

Photo of bus accident

Arizona personal injury attorneys representing bus accident victims in Phoenix

Buses must comply with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) rules and regulations, which is the agency that regulates interstate bus and truck safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is one of the government agencies that is responsible for reducing vehicular crashes and their resulting injuries and fatalities. Bus companies, drivers, mechanics and employees must comply with safety requirements. Bus drivers must be trained and certified.  If you or a loved one have been injured or died as a result of a bus accident caused by the negligent actions of someone else, contact a bus accident lawyer in the Phoenix, AZ area right away.


  • Must pass thorough background check
  • Bus driver must be properly trained and certified
  • Currently licensed with valid, up to date license
  • Knowledge of and compliance with all applicable bus driver rules
  • Maximum driving times – specific number of hours per day and week
  • Brake systems operating knowledge and mastery
  • Emergency window release with pull or lift handles
  • Emergency door exit with and without power fail
  • Many others

Bus companies are legally responsible for their drivers, mechanics and employees, as well as the actual buses. If an injury occurs because of driver negligence or faulty equipment, the injured party may seek compensatory damages in a personal injury lawsuit.

Wattel & York, one of the top personal injury law firms in Phoenix, AZ and the entire country, represents clients who have been injured in bus accidents. Our Phoenix auto accident attorneys represent passengers, motorists, pedestrians, motorcycle drivers, bicyclists, and others. Victims may be entitled to damages to compensate them for medical bills, lost wages, and more.


The lack of seatbelts and other aspects in buses remains a large concern for people’s safety. The lack of a restraint system exposes the occupants to serious harm in the event of an accident. It is important to demand enhancements in safety features to prevent or at least minimize such dangers for the passengers.


Some of the different types of buses in Phoenix include:

  • School bus
  • Valley Metro
  • Shuttle bus
  • Charter bus
  • Airport shuttle
  • Tour bus
  • Others

If you were involved in a bus accident in Phoenix, it is essential to properly investigate the facts. As one of the country’s premier plaintiff’s rights law firms, Wattel & York Phoenix, AZ bus accident attorneys may choose to use their substantial resources to conduct a meticulous and thorough case investigation. By using the skills of accident reconstruction engineers and investigators in combination with the most advanced and current technology, Wattel & York are able to recreate an extraordinarily accurate rendition of the events and factors that preceded and caused the bus accident. This information is used in negotiations with insurance carriers with the goal of obtaining a fair, generous and time-efficient out of court settlement.

If the insurance company and other responsible parties do not offer an equitable, generous settlement, your Phoenix AZ bus accident lawyer will not hesitate to take your case to court for a jury trial. There is no substitute for the knowledge and wisdom that naturally results from 40 years of experience and 13,000 successful cases. 


If you were injured in a bus accident in Phoenix or elsewhere in Maricopa County. The Phoenix personal injury attorneys of Wattel & York offers a complimentary case evaluation. You will have the opportunity to speak with knowledgeable and experienced plaintiff’s rights attorneys. You will be able to ask questions about your case to better understand your options and future course of conduct.

There are no upfront fees or costs. If we accept your case, there will be no attorneys fees unless we settle your case with the insurance carrier or win the case in court. To meet your needs, we also have offices in Washington and California. To schedule your complimentary case reviewcontact the law firm of Wattel & York at 877-572-4143, or fill out the internet contact form.

FAQs About Bus Accident Cases

How should I deal with calls from bus companies following an accident?

It is important to be aware that bus companies may attempt to protect their best interests by obtaining details that could potentially be used against you to pursue legal action. As a result, it is advisable to carefully decline to disclose every detail of the accident and instead, provide them to your attorney. Your attorney will manage all communications with the bus company to protect your rights.

How do bus accident injuries differ from car accident injuries?

Bus accidents can lead to more severe injuries because buses are larger and heavier than cars. In car accidents, people are usually protected by seat belts and airbags. Bus passengers can be thrown around or even thrown out of their seats resulting in their injuries. Common injuries from bus accidents include cord injuries, head injuries, broken bones, and damage to organs. These injuries often demand care and could have lasting effects, on the victims’ daily life quality.

Who can be held accountable in bus accident lawsuits?

Liability in bus accident cases can be complex and may extend to multiple parties, including the bus company, bus driver, other motorists, manufacturers of defective bus parts, and even government entities responsible for road maintenance and signage. Determining liability requires a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the accident, including driver behavior, maintenance records, and adherence to safety regulations.

What compensation can I recover in a bus accident case?

Victims involved in bus accidents might receive different types of compensation to help them with their losses and damages. This could involve payments for bills as well as for wages lost or potential earnings affected by the accident. Other forms of compensation may cover pain and emotional suffering damage to property and the impact on one’s quality of life. Moreover in cases where a loved one passes away due to an accident. Surviving family members have the option to seek compensation for funeral costs, loss of support, and the emotional toll of losing a loved one.

What is the statute of limitations for filing a bus accident lawsuit?

The statute of limitations, in Arizona, for filing personal injury claims, such as those related to bus accidents is usually two years from the accident date. However, there may be situations where this timeframe varies based on the details of the situation. It’s important to seek guidance, from a lawyer promptly following the incident to guarantee that all deadlines are adhered to and your legal entitlements are safeguarded.

Get Your Free Consultation

We are available to assist you 24 hours a day!

Online Reviews

“Amazing people, they had my claim for about a week before they were able to get my truck totaled out. Otherwise I would have been stuck with a truck that had heavy front end damage if they hadn’t stepped in to help me. I tried to deal with my insurance company myself for over a month and that got me nowhere, all I got was a massive headache and a messed up truck. They are very professional and act quickly on your claim. I highly recommend them to anyone who is looking for help.”

Candy J.


“I was in an accident and decided to call Wattel and York. After months of going to a Chiropractor, I finally felt better. When it came time for settlement, the insurance company was making an offer I wanted to accept, Mr. Wattel advised against it and felt the insurance company was shortchanging me. He recommended I file a lawsuit and that will get them to cave. Well, Dave filed suit, and sure enough, the insurance company increased their offer by $4,000! I am very satisfied with how my case was handled.”

Nardeasha S.


“Wattel & York were flat out outstanding with my personal injury case. They made the process painless and kept in constant communication throughout the entire time. Any questions I might’ve had were promptly answered and detail oriented. They gave me crucial advice that I would’ve otherwise not been aware of. I couldn’t have asked for more from them. Put your trust in these guys, you won’t be disappointed. Thanks Wattel & York.”

Mattew P.


“Thank you so much for all your hard work on our behalf! Thinking I could handle it on my own, I was originally reluctant to take my accident claim to an attorney. But I am SO glad I called you instead. Your people were always helpful, pleasant and responsive at every step along the way. You represented us with honesty and integrity and made a traumatic experience as painless as it could be. And best of all, you helped us get a settlement that was fair and far more than I could ever have negotiated on my own! I highly recommend Wattel &York to anyone who has suffered a personal injury.”

Cathy M.

“I was the passenger in a vehicle that was 'T- Boned' at an intersection in 2014. The issues of responsibility and recovery became a difficult and convoluted confusion. I really needed help. This Team at Wattel and York walked me patiently and encouragingly through difficult months, sorting through issues and finally arriving at a satisfactory conclusion. I especially want to name two great and encouraging "warriors" of Wattel and York who directed me along the way..Brian Torba and Melissa Patterson..to them and the whole team I say "Thank You" with heart felt gratitude. Sincerely, God Bless You.”

Robert G.

“Honesty. Integrity. Transparency. Partnership. Wattel & York brought all of these qualities and more to my accident case. I'd love to thank all of the team members who helped me with the process: David Guzman, who conducted the initial interview in my home, Aly Shomar-Esparza, who seamlessly guided me through paperwork and filings, Debbie Harrach, who conducted final review, paperwork revisions and scheduling, and Thomas Grisoni, who counseled me before and attended my deposition. I never felt alone during the arduous process and always knew there was a professional team looking out for my best interest. I highly recommend Wattel & York if you are unfortunately involved in an accident that was not your fault.”

Russ W.

“I was a passenger in a car that got t-boned a few years ago and got a huge gash. I didn't know a lot about lawyers, so I basically just picked one on the flip of a coin. I called Wattel and York and they explained everything, I went into the office and filled out paperwork. Got treatment on my gash over the time I worked with them, glad I did as it opened back up a couple times and bled. They did really good, got me the maximum amount of money, and made sure I was well taken care of. I was updated from time to time so that was good. The only thing I might change is I never got to thank or talk to my lawyer. I think it was because I was already used to dealing with the lady at their Glendale office so they just kept her as my point of contact. So it's okay, I'll thank them with a good review. The last thing I could say about them is months after I thought my case was over they called me and said they had another check for me for a few hundred dollars. Apparently, they negotiated with the hospital I went to after the accident. It was a nice surprise and shows they really had my interests in mind.”

Trent B.

“Wattel & York has been great for me in the past few years. I was involved in a really bad accident while I was on Active Duty in Yuma, Arizona and they have been patient with me every step of the way through a very long process. I would recommend them to anyone thank you for all your help.”

Levy G.

“Appreciate David taking the time to speak with me. He was most kind. From the front line with the receptionist, to him, the firm was a class act all the way around.”

Claire B.

“Dave Wattel represented me and my son on a Personal Injury case from a motor vehicle accident back in 2009. Jake P. handled my deposition and Dave did the Quarterbacking. The insurance company hired NFL referee Ed Hochuli's firm to try and deny our claim. But Wattel & York made it look as easy as Tom Brady on the football field. The result was more than acceptable and my son and I were compensated for our injuries and rehabilitation. Dave Wattel cares about his clients. If I ever find myself in a situation like this again, Wattel & York will be on speed dial!!”

Vince C.

Our Office Locations


2175 N. Alma School Rd #B-107 Chandler, AZ 85224

Map & Directions [+]


4901 W. Glendale Avenue Glendale, AZ 85301

Map & Directions [+]


2942 N. 24th Street, Suite 105 Phoenix, AZ 85016

Map & Directions [+]


2933 N. Campbell Ave. Tucson, AZ 85719

Map & Directions [+]


1102 S. 4th Avenue Yuma AZ, 85364

Map & Directions [+]

Newport Beach

260 Newport Center Drive, Suite 100 Newport Beach, CA 92660

Map & Directions [+]


6314 19th Street West, Suite 15 Fircrest, WA 98466

Map & Directions [+]

Phone Number


Follow Our Firm


Contact Us Today For
Your Free Consultation

We are available to assist you 24 hours a day!