If a bus driver acted carelessly or recklessly and caused your injuries, our bus accident lawyers in Greenville, SC, can help you identify the liable party and hold them responsible for your damages. We can navigate the often-complicated process of filing a bus accident case and fight for compensation to cover your full range of accident-related expenses and losses.
The bus accident team from George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers offers free case reviews. We will explain your right to compensation, help you understand the laws that complicate recovering compensation in many of these cases, and go after the payout you deserve. We can meet you at home, in the hospital, or at another location.
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Damages Available in a Greenville, SC, Bus Accident Case
If we win a settlement or verdict in your Greenville bus accident case, it will cover many different types of damages you suffered. This will include all your accident-related expenses and losses. Some of the most common types of damages we can recover for Greenville bus accident victims include:
Medical Care and Related Expenses
- Ambulance transportation, or medevac airlift to the emergency department
- Medical care and other treatment costs
- Inpatient rehabilitation
- Prescribed therapies
- Prescription drug costs
- Ongoing and future care costs
- Necessary medical equipment
- Mobility and accessibility aids
Other Accident-Related Costs
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Lost retirement and benefits
- Repair or replacement of your vehicle
- Repair or replacement of personal property damaged in the crash
- Other out-of-pocket costs related to the accident or your injuries
- Physical pain
- Emotional suffering
- Mental anguish
- Other emotional or psychological losses related to your trauma
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Liability in Different Types of Greenville, SC, Buses
Understanding who is liable for your injuries after a bus accident may be more complex than it may seem. In general, who is liable for your damages depends greatly on who operated the bus involved. However, there are also vicarious liability and qualified and limited liability laws in play.
Vicarious liability allows us to hold the company or agency who employs the at-fault bus driver liable, instead of filing suit against the individual. Qualified and limited liability laws mean your Greenville bus accident lawyer has to follow a special process to hold a government agency liable and collect compensation.
Accidents Involving Greenlink
Greenlink provides public transit services for Greenville County. The City of Greenville operates these buses, under the oversight of Greenville Transit Authority. It also operates Greenville Area Paratransit (GAP) for riders with disabilities.
Greenville Transit Authority and the City of Greenville may be liable when:
- An accident occurred while you rode Greenlink or GAP.
- A Greenlink or GAP bus hit your vehicle.
- A Greenlink or GAP bus hit you while you crossed the road.
Greenville School Bus Accidents
In general, school bus accidents caused by a negligent bus driver work in the same way Greenlink crash cases do. We must meet strict deadlines to notify the Greenville County School District or another local school district of the accident and follow a specific administrative process to recover compensation.
On the rare occasion the bus is from a private school, it is not necessary to follow these strict procedures. Whichever type of case yours is, Our bus accident lawyers in Greenville are prepared to handle it.
Greenville Accidents With a Privately Owned Bus
Vicarious liability allows us to file an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit against the bus owner or the company who employs the bus driver if the driver of a privately owned coach or bus causes your accident. The statute of limitations on this type of lawsuit is three years, meaning we have three years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit against the bus company.
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Understanding the Greenville, SC, Bus Accident Claims Process
As a part of handling your Greenville bus accident case, we will identify:
- The negligent party
- What caused the crash
- How the at-fault driver’s action or inaction led to your injuries
Only once we know these answers can we determine how to approach your case. If the liable driver or a private company is liable, we will file an insurance claim based on their liability insurance or pursue a personal injury lawsuit.
If a government agency is liable, things are somewhat more complicated. The South Carolina Tort Claims Act (SCTA) is the law that allows us to file suit against government agencies after an employee causes a bus accident and your injuries. However, the law also requires us to follow a very strict process to notify the agency and try to reach a settlement before taking legal action.
We know how to navigate this process, meeting all deadlines and administrative protocol, and protecting your right to compensation.
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Talk to a Bus Accident Lawyer in Greenville, SC
At George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers, our personal injury team knows what it takes to win a Greenville bus accident case. We have the experience to recover the compensation you deserve. We offer free, no-obligation case evaluations and consultations.
We will review the facts of your case, explain your rights, and help you understand your options for trying to recover the money you need to cover your accident-related expenses and losses. Speak with a bus accident lawyer in Greenville, SC, today. Call us to schedule your free case review.
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