Bus crash injuries can be catastrophic and life-altering, ranging from physical pain and missed work to mounting medical bills and the prospect of long-term care. And the days following an accident can be a tumultuous time.
You may receive calls from insurance companies while trying to navigate your medical care. You do not have to face this situation alone. The Augusta, GA, bus accident attorneys at George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers are here to guide you through the process.
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Types of Bus Accidents
Our bus accidents attorneys take on a variety of different types of bus accidents, including:
- School bus accidents
- Public transportation bus accidents
- Private company bus accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Faulty equipment bus accidents
- DUI bus accidents
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Responsible Parties in Bus Accidents
Due to the number of parties involved in a bus accident, it can be difficult to determine who is liable for your injuries. Our team can investigate all possible responsible parties. These may include:
The Bus Company
The company that owns the bus may be held liable for your accident if they knowingly hired a driver with a poor driving record or with a past DUI. They may also be held responsible if they failed to comply with federal drug and alcohol testing of drivers or maintain the bus properly.
A Government Agency
If you were riding on a public city bus or were in a vehicle hit by a public bus, the agency responsible for operating the bus may be liable for your injuries. S.C. Code § 15-78-120 limits the amount of damages you can recover in accidents involving government agencies. A bus accident attorney can explain what this means for your specific case.
The Bus Driver
In most cases, the employer of the driver is held liable for their employee’s actions. However, sometimes the driver may be responsible for their own negligent behavior.
In rare cases, a pedestrian may be held liable for a bus accident. This may occur if the pedestrian created a dangerous situation which caused the driver to crash.
Manufacturer of the Bus or Bus Parts
If a malfunctioning part caused your bus accident, the manufacturer of the faulty part or the bus may be held liable for the injuries and related damages.
If you sustained injuries in a bus crash, a bus accident attorney in Augusta from George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers can help you navigate the legal process.
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Damages You May Recover Following Your Bus Accident
The most common types of damages we recover for bus accident victims include:
Medical Care-Related Damages
You should not have to pay for medical bills you accrued due to the negligent acts of someone else. You may recover damages for medical care and related costs, including:
- Emergency transportation, including ambulance and airlift
- Emergency room treatment
- Prescription drugs
- Surgery and other medical procedures
- Diagnostic tests, including X-rays, MRIs, and blood work
- Physical therapy
- Other rehabilitative care
- Necessary mobility devices, such as a walking boot or wheelchair
- Long-term care, including home nurses if required
Following your accident, you may have missed work to attend doctor’s appointments or been physically unable to work. If your injuries resulted in missed pay from your employer, you may be able to recover those damages.
In addition, you may be able to recover future lost pay if you can no longer work at the same capacity.
Not all the damages you incur from your bus accident have a clear economic cost. Damages unrelated to out-of-pocket costs might include:
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Worsening of a previous injury
- Mental anxiety
- Physical pain
Wrongful Death Claims
If your loved one passed away from injuries sustained in a bus accident, you can pursue a wrongful death claim to recover financial damages related to your loved one’s injury. This might include funeral costs, medical bills incurred before their passing, loss of future earnings, and loss of the relationship you had with them.
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Contact a Bus Accident Lawyer Serving Augusta, GA, Today
If you or a loved one were injured in a bus accident, our legal team can help. We can guide you through the legal process so that you can focus on your recovery. Call George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers today or fill out our online form for a free case review with a bus accident lawyer in Augusta, GA.
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