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If you have been injured as the result of a bus accident, a bus accident lawyer at Curtis Legal Group can help. We will find who is responsible for the accident and see that you are justly rewarded.
Bus Accidents Table of Contents
Bus Accidents: Frequently Asked Questions
What to Do After a Bus Accident
If possible, gather evidence. While still at the scene of the accident, take photos of everything – the scene itself, the vehicles involved (inside and out), your injuries, and the names and contact information of any witnesses.
It is important you seek medical attention right away – even if you feel fine. Some injuries don’t appear until days later – and it may be too late. When you do, keep records of your visits. This includes keeping detailed records of your appointments – who they are with, dates/times, diagnoses, treatment plans, invoices, etc. All of this will come in handy if you decide to file a claim.
Bus Accident Lawsuit
When determining just how much or what type of compensation you may be entitled to, there are many factors that need to be taken into consideration. For instance, determining who is liable for those injuries. However, once you proceed with your claim, you will have the ability to seek both economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages are those that are monetary. Things such as your medical expenses – and future medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and the like. Non-economic damages are those that address pain and suffering, loss of consortium, etc.
Some bus accidents may lead to a legal battle in court, but most will end up settled before they ever get that far. Having an attorney on your side can ensure that you are getting the most out of your claim.
Proving who is at fault for a bus accident can be a bit tricky and often involves an investigation and legal expertise. Facts must be gathered to see who caused or contributed to the accident.
Potential parties that may be held responsible include:
- The Bus Driver. The accident may have been caused due to actions taken (or not taken) by the driver, such as being distracted, fatigued, or using poor judgment.
- The Bus Company or Charter Company. Most buses are owned by either a private charter company or a government entity. After a thorough investigation, it may be determined that the accident was caused due to their failure to keep the bus properly maintained.
- The Manufacturer of the Bus. If the bus was built using defective parts, the manufacturer may be held liable.
- Another Driver. A third-party driver may have been driving recklessly or negligently, causing the accident.
It is important to note that determining fault in a bus accident is not always cut and dry. There are many factors to consider as far as who is legally liable.
At Curtis Legal Group, we can determine who is responsible and file your case.
Frequently Asked Questions About Bus Accidents
How common are bus accidents?
Bus accidents happen more than you think. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, buses of all types had 73,930 accidents in 2019 and 65,292 accidents in 2018.
What are the most common injuries sustained in bus accidents?
The types of injuries resulting from a bus accident will vary depending on the severity of the crash. Nonetheless, the most common injuries sustained are head injuries, Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), neck injuries, spinal cord injuries, lacerations, broken bones, etc.
What do I do if someone representing the bus company contacts me?
If someone reaches out to you from the bus company, their insurance company, or anyone else claiming representation, do not respond. Do not sign any documents or agree to anything. And never make a recorded statement. Instead, immediately contact an experienced bus accident lawyer like our team at Curtis Legal Group.
How long do I have to file a suit after a bus accident?
In California, you have two (2) years from the date of the accident to file a claim against a private individual or company. However, if your bus accident claim involves a bus that was owned and operated by the city, county, or state, you only have six (6) months to submit a claim.
Contact the California Bus Accidents Lawyers at Curtis Legal Group Today
The experienced personal injury attorneys of Curtis Legal Group understand just how much a seemingly innocent afternoon bus ride can change your life. Accidents happen every day, putting the lives of everyone on board at risk. Although we cannot go back and erase the accident from happening, we can help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries and resulting struggles.