When bus drivers make mistakes, they are likely to endanger multiple people. The victims in these accidents may also be seriously injured because buses are larger and heavier than cars.
As with any accident, you have the right to request compensation if you were injured by someone else’s negligence. However, navigating the demands in bus accident cases can be difficult. Without a lawyer on your side, you may struggle to receive the compensation you need.
Strong-Garner-Bauer P.C. can protect your right to compensation. Our team has recovered over $7 billion for clients, taking on powerful and high-profile defendants when necessary to do so. No matter who is at fault in a bus accident, we can investigate your case and help you determine your legal options.
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Fault and Liability in Bus Accidents
Because bus accidents involve commercial (professional) drivers, the process for recovering compensation typically looks different than it would after a car accident. Here are some of the ways liability and the claims process may play out after a bus crash.
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When a Third-Party Driver Is At Fault
If another individual causes a collision with a bus, that person’s insurance will cover the accident. However, especially if multiple people are injured, their policy limits may not cover all the damages accrued by accident victims. In this case, you’ll want a lawyer to make sure your needs aren’t overlooked during the claims process.
When a Bus Company Is Liable
Even though an individual driver may technically be to blame for a bus accident, that person’s employer will be liable. If injured in a tour or charter bus crash, that means you will have to sue a company rather than an individual.
There are pros and cons to this situation. Commercial insurance held by a bus company likely has an extremely high limit, which means you may be able to recover more compensation in these cases. However, these companies or their insurers may also be staffed with a well-funded team of in-house lawyers. This makes it harder to bring a claim on one’s own. With a strong team like ours on your side, it will be easier for you to recover the compensation you need.
When a Government Is Liable
School and city bus drivers are employed by the government, meaning that’s who you would bring a lawsuit against if you (or your child) were injured in an accident involving one of these vehicles. Filing a claim against the government is more complex than even a typical personal injury case. You will need to file with a specific department and, more importantly, there is a much shorter deadline for bringing these claims. Especially after an accident involving a publicly owned bus, you need to speak to a lawyer right away to ensure your right to compensation is protected.
If a Faulty Bus Causes a Collision
In some cases, no driver is to blame for an accident—a bus itself can malfunction while on the road and cause a collision. If you are injured in this type of bus accident, you’ll need a strong investigative team on your side. Before you can bring a claim, you’ll need to know what caused the malfunction: Was it a bad part, overlooked maintenance, or something else?
When a part unexpectedly fails, you may be able to bring a claim against the bus maker or part manufacturer. Proving such a malfunction, however, will require the support of knowledgeable engineers.
In cases where the failure would not have happened if a bus had been properly maintained, you will need to know who was responsible for taking care of the vehicle. In most cases, liability will rest with the vehicle owner, but some bus companies contract with third parties for regular maintenance. Either way, our attorneys can help determine who was negligent in your case.
Damages You Can Seek in a Bus Accident Case
The rate of dangerous bus crashes has been slowly increasing over the last few years, meaning more Americans need help after injuries caused by these incidents. Before you accept a settlement claim, it’s important to understand the damages it should cover. We can help you ask for:
- Medical bills
- Future medical needs
- Lost wages
- Decreased earning capacity
- Accommodations and assistive devices
- Lasting disability
- Pain and suffering
Especially if your injury cannot be fully healed, you may need medical care and/or daily support for the rest of your life. Such assistance is costly. An insurance adjuster whose job is to decrease the amount their company has to pay will likely understate the types and extent of help you may need.
We advise you to work with an experienced personal injury law firm like ours to calculate the damages you are eligible to recover. Our team can bring in medical experts and life care planners to itemize the expected costs of your injury, so you do not agree to a claim that is too low.
Call Strong-Garner-Bauer P.C. today for a free consultation if you’ve been seriously injured in a bus accident. Our Springfield team is available at (417) 855-2022.
When you need a strong advocate on your side, we are here for you. Bus accidents, especially those that cause serious injuries or fatalities, can turn your life upside down. While you are trying to make important decisions about your medical care, the work of filing and fighting an insurance claim may fall to the back burner. However, your future may depend on the actions you take now to maximize your recovery.
Strong-Garner-Bauer P.C. is here to do what we can for you. We take on the bulk of clients’ insurance claims, collecting evidence and handling all communications. Our team works together to create unique strategies for each case and we always put the work in to help them recover the maximum compensation possible.
If an insurer refuses to play fair, we are more than prepared to argue your case in court. Along with a team of skilled litigators, we come prepared with state-of-the-art technology to help judges and jurors understand your needs.
After a serious bus accident, you need a skilled and dedicated law firm to fight for you. We’re dedicated to helping our clients in any way possible.
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