Yes – if you were a passenger in a bus accident, you can file a personal injury claim to recover money for your damages. There are several potentially liable parties.
To find out how to file a personal injury claim, contact George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers. We help injured accident victims pursue the money that they deserve for their medical bills, lost wages, pain, suffering, and other damages. Call us now at (888) 612-7001 for a free consultation.
Do I File a Personal Injury Claim Against the Bus Driver?
You may file a claim against the bus driver’s insurance company, but the bus driver may not be the only one responsible for causing the crash. If the bus driver caused the accident, however, in most cases, you will file a claim against not only the driver but also against the driver’s employer under vicarious liability laws.
If another driver’s careless driving could have contributed to the accident, you can also file a claim with that driver’s insurance company.
Bus accidents can get complicated so, before you file a claim, call our offices at
(888) 612-7001. Our bus accident lawyers can help you file a claim against all of the parties responsible for the bus accident.
Why Are Bus Accidents Complicated?
Bus accidents are complicated because of the multiple parties involved. It is necessary to account for:
- The bus driver
- The bus company
- The bus company’s insurance carrier
- Other drivers and their auto insurance companies
- Other passengers on the bus
- Government entities that operate public transportation systems
Injured bus passengers must first determine which party was at fault for causing the accident before filing a claim or a lawsuit.
Filing a Personal Injury Claim Against a Government Agency
There are different laws and procedures you must follow when suing a governmental entity such as those who operate city buses. Our team understands these laws and will be sure to follow the correct procedure if we need to file and properly serve a lawsuit against the government on your behalf.
How Can I Establish Fault for My Bus Injury Accident?
Our bus accident lawyers can help you with this extensive process. We thoroughly investigate bus accidents and look at all the factors that may have caused the crash. These factors may include whether the bus driver was:
- Driving while drowsy
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Texting and driving
- Ignoring traffic signals and signs
We also gather evidence to prove how the bus driver’s or some other driver’s negligence caused your injuries. This evidence can include:
- A police report
- Statements from other passengers and eyewitnesses
- Documents from the bus company, such as the bus driver’s employee file and maintenance records for the vehicle
- Video footage of the accident
Once we have gathered all available evidence, we will use it to help strengthen your personal injury claim.
How Can I Prove That I Was Injured in a Bus Accident?
Your medical records are essential to proving the injuries that you suffered in a bus accident. Bus passengers are at risk for catastrophic injuries that can cause paralysis or even death. It is important to seek medical care immediately after a bus accident even if you don’t believe that you were injured.
Your medical records should show the nature and extent of your injuries and can also contain your doctor’s notes about the type of treatment you will need, the type of diagnostic tests that were taken and their results, and other relevant information.
Obtaining your medical records will help you build a solid personal injury claim for the money that you deserve.
What Type of Damages Can I Recover?
Bus passengers can suffer extensive injuries that can range from minor soft tissue injuries (such as whiplash) to more severe injuries (like spinal cord injuries). The value of your claim is usually tied to the severity of your injuries. This generally means that the more serious your injuries are, the more valuable your claim will be.
Some of the most common damages that bus passengers can recover are:
Medical expenses can include the cost of your hospital bills, surgical procedures, doctor’s appointments, prescription drugs, and more. You can also pursue money for future medical costs if you suffered a permanent disability.
You can recover the lost wages, bonuses, commissions, and other income that you did not receive if your injuries prevented you from working.
Pain and Suffering
Pain and suffering can include not only your physical pain, but also the emotional distress and mental anguish you suffered because of the accident.
We can help you recover money for all of these different types of damages and more by filing a personal injury claim on your behalf. We will work negotiate a fair settlement of your claim or, if necessary, take your case to court by filing a personal injury lawsuit.
Let Us Help You with Your Bus Accident Injury Case
If you were hurt in a bus accident, George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers can help you recover the money that you deserve. Call us now at (888) 612-7001 for a free, no-obligation consultation.