I hear about car and truck accidents more often than bus accidents, but the seriousness of the injuries and the number of people injured are worse in most cases. The majority of the bus accidents that we end up seeing on TV show a bus tipped over against something or directly on its side. These vehicles are larger than we think sometimes and I can’t even imagine being tossed from one side of the bus into the ground and a broken window.Being involved in a bus accident is one of the most frightening experiences that can happen to you on the road. With the lack of safety devices on a bus, the feeling of being completely out of control with almost nothing to prevent you from serious injury during an accident is something no one should ever have to experience.
You need to act quickly in hiring a personal injury lawyer because the time frame to get your claim filed is usually a small window - especially if you end up going after multiple responsible parties if it applies to your case. The process isn’t always easy and “speed bumps” are almost certain when filing a claim against a public transit system. These are usually run by your local government who is protected to a certain extent by sovereign immunity, but they are not untouchable. Your initial settlement claim may be denied by the government’s insurance, but if that happens you can file a claim against the the government itself for the damages that you deserve. Because this is a complicated area of law, you will benefit from having an experienced personal injury attorney.
Public buses are already enough of a safety risk with no seat belts or airbags. While the risk of getting into an accident on a bus is lower than traveling in an automobile, the chance of serious injury is higher in the event of an accident.
With these cases it is very important for you and your personal injury lawyer to attempt to identify, without a doubt, the responsible party or parties. More often than not the fault lies with the bus driver. Whether it’s based on negligent driver behavior, lack of training or qualifications or the bus being overloaded is what you need to identify if the fault is theirs. The fault may still lie with the public transportation agency themselves due to a lack of maintenance on their buses. This information will go a long way in helping you win your bus accident case.
If the accident was caused by another driver on the road, your attorney will file a claim against their insurance for your damages, but you want to be quick to file since other passengers may follow suit. Your personal injury lawyer will protect your rights to compensation for the serious injuries that you suffered due to your bus accident. They will gather the proper documents including witness testimonies, the official accident report, your medical records and diagnosis, etc. An experienced personal injury attorney will use this evidence to craft a well-presented case and aggressively pursue a settlement for your injuries.
If you were seriously injured in a bus accident don’t be disheartened. Very few people can even begin to imagine the terror of a serious accident on a bus, but cases like this are very winnable and have a good chance of compensating you with what you deserve for your pain and suffering. The track record and experience that Nelson Barry has under his belt can help you win your case. If you’re recuperating in the hospital or at home, don’t worry because we can even come to you! Call today for a free consultation.