If you’ve been injured in a bus accident, you may be entitled to compensatory damages. Bus accidents are fairly common and often take place due to a driver’s negligence. You can file a compensation claim against the driver, the bus company, the manufacturer or another at-fault party. Here at Burnetti, P.A., our Clearwater bus accident lawyers help you file a claim and get the settlement you deserve.
When you file a claim, the at-fault party is likely going to contest it. Whether it’s the bus company or an insurance company, they will try to portray your claim as false. Many defendants will also try to place the blame elsewhere. When you hire our personal injury attorneys in Clearwater, we counter these tactics by aggressively defending your rights and your claim.
You will need to back up your claim with evidence. A bus and its driver are required by law to show a duty of care. If the claim goes to a court of law, you will also be required to demonstrate breach of this duty. If you’ve been in a bus accident, it can be very hard to take care of these matters. This is why you need a qualified accident lawyer to handle your claim and back it up with legal expertise. Call us today at 1-888-BURNETTI to get a free consultation on your case.
- 1 WHAT TO DO AFTER A BUS ACCIDENT?
- 2 WHAT IS COVERED BY A BUS ACCIDENT CLAIM?
- 3 WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR A BUS ACCIDENT?
- 4 CONTACT OUR CLEARWATER BUS ACCIDENT LAWYERS FOR A FREE CASE REVIEW
WHAT TO DO AFTER A BUS ACCIDENT?
If you’ve been injured in a bus accident, your immediate concern should be your health and safety. Make sure you receive medical care and attention as soon as possible. You may brush aside minor injuries and think that you don’t need medical help. However, minor injuries can often mask more serious internal complications. If you refuse immediate medical attention, an insurance or bus company can later use this against your claim.
Another important thing to do right after a bus accident is to note relevant details. Again, this is advisable only if you are in a position to do so. Important details include the names and details of eyewitnesses, registration numbers of vehicles involved, and the place and time. You can later use these details to back up your claim.
It is important to contact a bus accident lawyer soon after the event. The sooner you get legal help for yourself, the better. Getting legal help will improve your odds of winning fair compensation. Our accident lawyers help you gather the relevant evidence.
We also get in touch with your healthcare providers to determine the severity of the injury. Based on this information, we create an accurate compensation claim that seeks damages for your losses.
WHAT IS COVERED BY A BUS ACCIDENT CLAIM?
In 2016, around 71,000 bus accidents took place across United States. These resulted in a total number of 64 deaths. Compared to other transportation modes such as cars or trucks, these numbers are rather modest. School buses, in particular, are considered a relatively safe mode of transport.
Still, an injury incurred during a bus accident can have a serious impact on your life. You will need medical care and attention in the wake of such an injury. The medical bills can quickly pile up, especially if you also need rehabilitation and therapy. If the injury has left you bedridden or disabled, you also lose wages which you could otherwise earn. All of these factors are taken into account when creating your claim for compensation. The claim seeks recovery of all the expenses and losses you incur as a result of the accident.
In most cases, a bus accident claim will cover the following:
This includes the doctors’ bills, costs of prescription medicine as well as the travel costs involved. Medical costs cover both immediate medical expenses and the expected long-term expenses. This is particularly true if you are going to need therapy and rehabilitation.
You may be unable to work for a certain period after the accident. This comes under lost wages. The person or entity responsible for the accident is liable to cover this as well. Compensation for lost wages helps you manage the financial fall-out from the accident.
Damage to Property
If your car or another property was damaged during the accident, you can recover its value in the claim. The at-fault party can be held to pay you the market price for any damaged piece of property.
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR A BUS ACCIDENT?
A bus accident is typically caused by the negligence of the bus driver. The driver may not be competent enough to drive the bus. He may be driving under the influence or he may momentarily doze off due to lack of sleep. Other factors include the lack of bus maintenance and upkeep, and poor road and weather conditions.
State and federal laws stipulate that a bus drive must work no more than a certain number of hours. This is to ensure that the driver is not too fatigued or tired when driving the bus. A number of laws also put a limit on the bus speed. If a bus driver was using his phone, dozing off or driving carelessly, this falls under driver negligence. However, it is the bus company that will be held responsible for this.
Bus Company Negligence
Bus companies are responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the buses in their fleets. They are also responsible for hiring and training the drivers. If a bus lacks basic safety measures such as seat belts, the bus company is to blame. Similarly, poorly trained or unprofessional bus drivers are also the fault of the parent company. In such instances, the compensation claim is filed against the bus company.
Weather or Road Conditions
Bus accidents often occur due to inclement weather or poor road conditions. In both instances, the responsibility still lies with the driver and the bus company. The bus company should train drivers to be able to handle inclement weather conditions. Drivers unable to drive in such conditions should not be permitted to drive the bus.
It is entirely possible that a bus accident occurred due to the negligence of another driver. Reckless driving by a truck or car driver may cause the accident. In such a case, the other driver will be blamed for the incident and pressed for compensatory damages.
CONTACT OUR CLEARWATER BUS ACCIDENT LAWYERS FOR A FREE CASE REVIEW
A bus accident can be a traumatic experience. It can also disrupt your life and finances. Here at Burnetti, P.A., we work hard to get you the compensation you deserve. Our Clearwater bus accident lawyers offer you free advice and consultation on your bus accident case. Contact us today for a free case review. We work closely with you to understand the specifics of the accident. We also offer a preliminary estimate of the compensation you qualify for. The bus company or the insurance company on the other side is very likely going to contest your claim. This is why you need top legal aid on your side to fight out your claim.