A bus accident can turn your life upside down. One moment, you’re catching a city bus to work, enjoying a tour on a double-decker bus or watching your child board a school bus. In the next, you may be seriously injured and facing large medical bills, a long recovery, or even the loss of a loved one.
Bus accident injuries occur in many ways. For example, the accident may be caused by:
- Bus driver negligence
- Negligence of another driver
- Faulty equipment
- Poor maintenance
The injured party may be the driver of another vehicle, a passenger on the bus, or a pedestrian who was crossing the street, or a passing bicyclist. A single bus accident may result in injuries to many people, ranging from minor cuts and bruises to fatalities.
Our personal injury attorneys understand that the aftermath of a serious bus accident can be frightening and confusing. During this difficult time, a trusted, knowledgeable advocate can make all the difference.
Damages in Bus Accident Cases
When you’ve been injured through someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover damages. Some of the most common damages awarded in bus accident injury cases include:
- Medical bills
- Costs of rehabilitation
- Projected future/ongoing medical costs
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
Recovering the damages you deserve can provide the foundation you need to rebuild your life, whether that means access to quality medical care, time to heal without worrying about keeping a roof over your children’s heads or securing the tools you need to adjust after a lasting injury.
Determining Liability in a Bus Accident Case
Determining who is legally responsible for injuries sustained in a bus accident can be complicated. Depending on the type of bus involved, the driver may be the owner of the vehicle, may be employed by a private company that owns the bus, may be employed by a company that supplies drivers to the owner of the bus, or may be a city employee. In each of these scenarios, one or more parties may be liable for the accident.
If the accident results from an equipment failure, the fault may lie with the manufacturer, or with the company charged with maintaining the bus. In many cases, liability may be shared. For example, the driver may have been speeding, but may still have been able to avoid an accident but for a flaw in the bus’s braking system.
In short, determining who is responsible and constructing a strong case requires time, knowledge, and resources.
Our Experienced Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help
When you’re recovering from serious injuries or attempting to rebuild your life after the loss of a loved one, the complex legal issues surrounding a bus accident can be overwhelming. Most people don’t have the experience or the financial resources necessary to protect their own interests in a complex motor vehicle accident case.
There’s no reason to shoulder this burden alone. The personal injury attorneys at Yarian & Associates, APC are committed to helping people who have suffered serious injuries recover the compensation they need to rebuild and move forward. Schedule your free consultation right now by calling 818-459-4999.