Generally, buses are a safe means of transportation, whether a school bus or public transit. However, accidents happen, and can be terrifying for those involved. If you’ve been injured in a bus accident, you should hire an experienced attorney to help protect your rights and fight for adequate compensation for your injuries. Contact Sibley Dolman today to learn how we can help.
At Sibley Dolman, our attorneys have significant experience handling cases that involve bus accidents and related injuries. We often are able to help our clients recover compensation for their injuries, including for lost wages and pain and suffering. Whether your accident involved a bus driver acting negligently, unsafe road conditions, or a defective bus, our attorneys understand personal injury law and how to maximize compensation. While we cannot guarantee a favorable result in all cases, we will do our best to achieve a positive result in your case.
What Are Bus Accident Injuries?
While buses are generally safe, many aren’t equipped with basic safety devices, like seat belts or harnesses. Buses also may be overfilled with people and/or their possessions, which can pose serious safety hazards in the event of an accident. Furthermore, many buses are top-heavy and thus pose a greater risk of rolling over after a collision. The most common bus accident injuries include:
- Strains and sprains
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Muscle spasms
- Reduced mobility
- Deep cuts and lacerations
Bus accidents often involve serious injuries. If you have been injured in a bus accident, you should seek medical care immediately, both to ensure proper treatment and to establish evidence of your injury.
Bus passengers aren’t the only individuals who may be injured in a bus accident. Some accidents also involve injuries to pedestrians or other drivers on the road. All individuals injured as a result of a bus accident should seek medical care immediately, and then contact an experienced attorney to assess the validity of a personal injury claim.
Who Can Contribute to a Bus Accident Injury?
Anyone involved in a bus accident could potentially be found liable for the crash; liability depends on the specific circumstances surrounding the incident. In some cases, a collision may have been impossible for the bus driver to avoid. In other cases, a bus driver’s negligence may have caused the accident. Negligent driving may result from excessive time behind the wheel (some cities impose 16-hour shifts on bus drivers), intoxication (whether alcohol or other drugs), or excessive speed (to make up time on a scheduled route). Bus drivers may also fail to receive proper training prior to beginning their job. Finally, poor maintenance of the bus or roadway may contribute to an accident.
In most bus accident cases, the bus driver is held responsible for the accident. The driver, however, may be insured or supported by the bus company. In some cases, unsafe practices by the bus company—such as requiring a bus driver to overload a bus even if there is not adequate room for all of the passengers—can cause a bus company to be found liable for an accident. The complex question of liability makes it critical to work with an experienced attorney following your accident to ensure that you understand liability, and that you’re taking the proper steps to maximize potential compensation.
What Kinds of Damages Can a Victim Recover?
If you’ve been injured in a bus accident, your medical expenses may be covered by the bus company, depending on the specific circumstances surrounding the crash. It is important to note that if you carry personal injury protection insurance, this will likely serve as your first line of payment at the hospital. However, you may eventually be able to recover damages, including:
- Medical expenses
- Expected future medical expenses
- Lost time at work
- Pain and suffering, especially as related to a permanent disability
Your attorney will be the best source of information regarding what damages you may be eligible for based on the specifics of your accident and injuries. Make sure to provide your attorney with all of the available information regarding your case to ensure the best possible result.
How Will the Bus Driver or Company Try to Get out of Paying?
Regardless of the circumstances of a bus accident, the bus driver and bus company will both likely attempt to avoid liability. If the bus is government owned and operated, then you may have even more trouble establishing liability and securing recovery. The bus driver may attempt to argue that you caused the accident, rather than his or her negligent driving.
Furthermore, the insurance companies involved will attempt to limit their costs, and thus your recovery amount. Insurance companies frequently try to convince victims to sign settlements that do not fully compensate them for their injuries, to sign agreements not to seek additional money, or to provide recorded statements regarding the accident. You should consult with an experienced attorney prior to contacting any insurance company, or accepting any settlement offer. At Sibley Dolman, we have significant experience handling negotiations with insurance companies. Let us deal with the insurance companies, while you focus on recovering from your injuries.
What Will a Lawyer Cost Me?
If you’ve been injured in a bus accident, you likely have enough expenses to deal with beyond paying for an attorney. Fortunately, our fee structure at Sibley Dolman provides injured victims with the peace of mind that they will generally only have to pay attorney’s fees in the event that their claim is successful. We also offer free consultations to assess the validity of your claim, with no obligation to hire us following the consultation.
Contact an Experienced Lawyer Today
If you have sustained injuries from a bus accident, don’t try to handle your personal injury claim alone. Contact Sibley Dolman at (754) 208-1130, or online, to speak to an experienced attorney today. We have experience helping injured victims negotiate complex settlement offers, deal with insurance companies, and pursue litigation when necessary.
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