If you suffered injuries in a Charleston accident caused by a negligent bus driver or other driver, we may be able to help you file an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit. This type of case is often complex, especially when the liable party is a government agency. However, our bus accident team has the knowledge and experience to know how to navigate the claims process.
At George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers, our team of attorneys can explain your rights and may be able to help you hold the liable party responsible, collecting compensation to pay for your accident-related expenses and losses. We offer free case reviews and if we can help, we handle your claim on a contingency basis.*
Call today at 888-810-5482 to talk to a bus accident lawyer in Charleston, SC.
Damages Available in a Winning Charleston, SC, Bus Accident Case
We work hard to prove negligence and liability to win your Charleston bus accident case. Our team is trained to be able to recover compensation for your accident-related expenses and losses. Determining the worth of your claim varies from case to case, but some of the most common types of damages we recover for our clients after a bus accident include:
Medical Care and Related Expenses
We are anxious to help you recover any treatment and rehabilitation-related expenses. The value of these losses depends on the nature and severity of your injuries, and the cost of your treatment. Some of the most common expenses in this category include:
- Hospitalization and treatment costs
- Inpatient rehabilitation
- Physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other prescribed therapies
- Prescription drug costs, including pain management
- Ongoing and future care costs
- Required medical equipment
- Mobility and accessibility aids
- Ambulance transportation costs
Other Economic Damages
We work to prove all your expenses and losses and show they were caused by your accident. Then we work hard to get reimbursement for all your damages in your settlement. Some of the most common economic damages, besides medical care, include:
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Repair or replacement of your vehicle
- Repair or replacement of other personal property damaged in the crash
- Other out-of-pocket costs related to the accident or your injury
We will also try to recover compensation for all of your noneconomic losses. These may include:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment in life
- Other emotional damages
Determining Liability in a Charleston, SC, Bus Accident
One of the most difficult parts of many Charleston bus accidents is determining who is liable for the injuries you sustained. There are a number of complex laws that affect who is responsible, and what we have to do to hold them accountable. They include:
- Vicarious liability: This is a legal doctrine that allows us to hold an employer liable for the negligent actions of their employee. In this case, the employee may be the bus driver who caused an accident.
- The South Carolina Tort Claims Act: This is a law that outlines how we must approach holding a government agency liable if their employee caused your accident. A form must be filled out to extend the usual 2 year statute of limitations in many cases.
We can help you understand how these laws may affect your case and your potential payout. In general, the liable party in your crash is often the agency or company who employs the bus driver and operates the bus. For example:
Accidents Involving CARTA
Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) is a government agency, so special rules apply when one of their bus drivers causes an accident. We can still hold the agency liable, but we need to act quickly. We have a limited time to pursue administrative steps as required under the South Carolina Tort Claims Act to allow us to timely file a personal injury lawsuit against them.
CARTA may be the liable party in your accident if:
- The accident occurred while you were riding a CARTA bus.
- A CARTA bus hit your vehicle.
- A CARTA bus hit you on foot or on your bicycle.
The Accident Involved a School Bus
In general, Charleston school bus crashes caused by the bus driver work similarly to CARTA crashes. This is true if the Charleston County School District or another local public school district operates the bus. We need to act quickly to file an administrative claim in these cases.
If it is a bus operated by a private school, we do not need to navigate the administrative process and can move straight into filing an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit.
The Driver of a Privately-Owned Bus Caused the Crash
In most cases, if the driver who hit you was on the job, we can try to hold the owner of a privately owned bus liable if the driver caused your accident injuries. This may include:
- A bus company
- A tour company
- A nonprofit organization
- Another type of corporation
- A private individual
We usually begin by filing a claim with the bus operator’s liability insurer and attempting to negotiate a fair settlement. If this is not possible, in South Carolina we usually have three years from the date of the accident to file and properly serve a lawsuit to hold them accountable.
Navigating the Bus Accident Claims Process in Charleston, SC
Because of the complexities of this type of accident and the strict protocol often required to hold a government agency liable, we do not recommend trying to handle your Charleston bus accident claim on your own. We know how this process works and can ensure you follow the proper administrative process if CARTA or a local school district may be liable in your case.
We will investigate your accident, and help you prove the full value of your case. We will fight for you, walk you through the claims process, and take your case to court if necessary to do all we can to recover the money you deserve.
Talk to a Bus Accident Lawyer in Charleston, SC
At George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers, our Charleston bus accident team offers complimentary case reviews and consultations. We can explain your rights, help you understand your options, and handle your bus accident case for you from start to finish.
Call us today at 888-810-5482 for a free case evaluation with a bus accident lawyer in Charleston, SC.