A bus accident is unique and the injuries that people get can vary from case to case. A lot of the injuries people get in a bus accident is because of a collision, but these cases are not exclusive to a crash. We have clients who have been hurt when they are boarding the bus. When these accidents happen, they can cause some serious injuries.
We commonly see the follow types of bus accident injuries:
Something that you need to understand is that your injuries cannot be ignored and you need to seek treatment right away. It is so crucial that you get to a doctor right away so that you can be treated. Pain is never to be ignored or else you will likely end up with a condition that causes you even more grief. When you seek medical attention, you will then be able to have medical records of your treatment which can be used to show the liable party’s insurance company what they owe you to compensate you for your injuries.
When you get severely harmed during a bus accident, you can seek full and fair compensation from the liable party’s insurance company. You have to understand a few things about your damages and injuries when you are aiming to get compensation.
There are three factors that go into determining your compensation which include your:
The first two factors provide an easily calculable number. You can see on paper how much money you have paid and how much you have lost in earnings due to your accident. Something that is not easily calculated in your pain and suffering. That will be harder to determine.
You may face obstacles along the way to full compensation. The bus insurance company is going to be an obstacle for us because they are the ones who are responsible for giving you compensation most likely. They are ready to fight your case so you need to have a lawyer ready to defend your rights. The insurance company knows that they can reduce your claim if they can find one thing you did wrong that might’ve caused the accident. They will ask you for a recorded statement to try to get something out of you but you should hand over communication to your lawyer.
If given the chance, they would interview you in a way that might force you to answer their questions unfavorably. If you put yourself at fault for the accident, they can reduce your claim. If it seems like you are more than 50% at fault for the accident, then they can bar you from receiving compensation altogether which is something we would like to avoid.
There are several things that you should do if you want to make sure that you are going to get a full and fair compensation award. You have to follow several steps to get the best shot. Here are the crucial steps that you need to take to have a strong case.
You need to make your health a priority and getting your injuries tended to is the first step to taking care of yourself. It is also the first step to having a successful case. Before you head to the emergency room to get treatment, it is crucial that you report your injuries. If you were hurt while on the bus during a collision and you try to seek compensation, you want to have record of you being present on the bus or else a lawyer may not be able to prove your injuries.
I recently spoke with a man from South Carolina who was injured while riding a bus. Early on, the first question was, “What do I do?” In many ways, he’d already taken one of the more important steps by actually contacting an attorney. If you’ve been the victim in a bus accident, I would say the first thing you need to do is make sure that you report that incident to someone in authority, typically the bus driver. You want an incident report created, something that documents what happened to you.
From there, you need to take care of yourself. You need to go get the medical treatment that you need to get better. As soon as possible after that, or during that process even, you need to find a competent, experienced trial lawyer. Find a lawyer who has experience in handling bus accidents, who knows the process, and who can help guide you through the process. If anyone out there has been the victim in a bus accident, please contact us. We’d be more than happy to answer any questions you might have.
I recently spoke to a woman in South Carolina whose son was injured on a school bus, and one of her first questions was, “What is the value of the case?” My response to that is that it really depends. It depends on many different factors. It depends, obviously, on how badly the person is injured. In North Augusta, you have two basic types of compensatory damages. You have special damages, and you have general damages. Special damages are damages that are easily quantified, such as medical expense and lost wages. General damages include things like pain and suffering. They’re a little harder to quantify because they really dependent upon the person and what they and their family are going through as a result of the wreck.
It’s very difficult to give a blanket answer to the value of a bus accident or personal injury claim. What I urged her and would urge anyone is that it’s very important to find an attorney who has experience in handling bus accident cases. You want a trial attorney who has taken cases through the course of litigation and even to trial. If anyone out there has been the victim in a bus accident and they have questions, please contact our office. We’d be happy to talk to you.
I recently spoke to a man in North Augusta who was injured on a bus because of the driver’s negligence. He’d been contacted by the insurance carrier for the bus, and also by the attorney for the insurance company. They wanted to talk to him and get a statement so that they would know the extent of his injuries and what happened. He wanted to know if I thought that was a good idea. My response to that is the same response that I would give in any context involving an insurance claim or personal injury claim— no, you do not have any responsibility or duty to speak to the insurance carrier or the lawyer for the person who actually caused your injuries. You have no responsibility to them whatsoever.
Rarely or never can there be anything good that’s going to come from you giving any type of statement to an insurance carrier or to an attorney. That statement is not for your benefit. That statement is for the benefit of the insurance carrier and for the company itself. I would say that anyone who’s been injured in any type of bus accident needs to go ahead and find a trial attorney who has experience in handling bus accidents to represent them, so that that attorney can speak to the insurance company on their behalf. That attorney can speak to opposing counsel on your behalf, and that attorney can guard against certain pitfalls that happen early on in any personal injury case and especially bus accident claims.
If anyone out there has been the victim of a bus accident, please give us a call. We’d be more than happy to answer any questions you might have.
I recently spoke with a woman in North Augusta who was injured in a bus accident and had an offer presented to her from the insurance carrier for the bus line. She wanted to know if she should take that first offer. My response would be that you probably should not ever put yourself in that position to begin with.
It’s doubtful that, without the help of an attorney, you’re going to be able to prosecute your own case by yourself and get an actual fair result. You really want to have an experienced trial attorney involved, a trial attorney who’s handled bus accident claims, who knows the process, and who has carried those claims into litigation and even jury trials. You want to have an experienced trial lawyer who can tell you what he or she thinks the value of your case is and who can guide you through that process. I don’t think that it’s a good idea for anyone to negotiate with an insurance company without the presence of or without being represented by an attorney.
I recently spoke to a man in North Augusta who was injured in a bus accident, and his first question was, “How long does the process take?” My response to that is my response to similar questions in all context, which is it really depends on a couple of different factors.
First, it mainly depends, from the standpoint of the attorney, on how badly the client is injured. You don’t want to move too fast in trying to settle a case. You want to make sure, as a person who’s been injured, that you get the medical treatment that you need, that you get better, that no one is rushing you in your medical treatment, and that you reach what they call maximum medical improvement, a term that just means you’ve gotten either back to your pre-wreck level of health or that the doctors have done all they can, but you’re always going to have an impairment. You don’t want to try to settle your case before you get to maximum medical improvement because that’s when you determine what your real damages really are. Before that, you’re not really sure; you don’t know what’s going to happen in the future. That is one of the most important things – waiting until the person gets to maximum medical improvement.
The other main factor is how reasonable the insurance company is. Are you dealing with an insurance company that is reasonable and wants to adequately compensate the person who’s been injured as a result of their insured’s negligence, or are you dealing with a more unreasonable insurance company that’s going to necessitate litigation? In any event, I would urge anyone to find an experienced lawyer, a trial attorney who has experience in bus accident cases, and one who will prosecute your case vigorously, and one who will see your case all the way through to a jury trial, if necessary. If anyone out there has been the victim in a bus accident, please give us a call. We’d be more than happy to answer any questions you have.
I was recently contacted by a man from South Carolina who was injured as a result of a bus running a red light and broadsiding his vehicle. Some of his first questions were, “How do I go about bringing a claim? What do I do? How is this similar to a typical car wreck? How is it different?” My response to that would be that bus accident claims are similar to other types of automobile accidents, in the sense that they are all personal injury claims, and you’re entitled to be compensated for the damages that you’ve sustained as a result of someone else’s negligence.
They’re different, though, in the sense that, oftentimes, with buses, they’re operated by municipalities, counties and states. Those types of claims have issues of sovereign immunity, and they have caps on the amount of money that you’re able to get. In terms of those caps, how do you go about maybe filing a claim against your own underinsured carrier, if there’s not enough money there to compensate you for the damages that were caused by the negligence of the bus driver?
I would just say that, early on in any case, if you’ve been injured as a result of a bus, contact an attorney as soon as possible. Make sure you find an attorney that has experience in handling bus accident cases, an attorney who is a trial lawyer and who has not only filed claims, but also gone through the litigation process and even carried out jury trials. Bus accident claims are different, and if anyone out there has been the victim of a bus accident, please give us a call. We’d be happy to answer any questions you might have.
I recently spoke to a man in North Augusta who was injured while riding a county bus. In talking to him, I noticed that he’d made a few key mistakes early on in the process. The first big mistake that he made was that he didn’t report the incident to the bus driver. He made no incident report whatsoever. Instead, he believed that he wasn’t very badly injured. He got off the bus. A couple of days later, his injuries had not subsided. They only got worse, and he ended up at the hospital and had to go through a pretty lengthy process of medical treatment.
When he went to present the claim against the public transit, they had no record that he was ever on the bus, let alone that there was any incident involving him on the bus. In that case, the bus driver had slammed on brakes out of nowhere and he’d fallen to the floor. The lack of a report was a huge impediment to his case. That’s why it’s important, early on, in any case, that you first make sure you’ve reported the incident to authorities, and then from there that you get the medical treatment that you need and find an attorney as quickly as possible. Find a trial attorney who has had experience in handling bus accidents and who can help guide you through that process, because there are things early on that you need to do. An experienced attorney will be able to help you do that.
I recently spoke with a woman in Bamberg, South Carolina, whose son was injured in a school bus accident. She wanted to know how to go about finding a competent attorney to represent the two of them in their case against the Board of Education. My response to that would be to recommend finding an attorney who has experience in handling bus accidents. Bus accidents are different from car wrecks. For example, what type of bus was it? Was it a Greyhound Bus? Was it a public transit bus? If it was a school bus or a city bus, then there’s a good chance that you’re going to have issues of sovereign immunity at play there. You’re going to have to find an attorney who has experience in prosecuting those cases because that can be a difficult barrier to get around.
As with any case, you want to find an attorney who has experience with the type of case that you are presenting to them. You want to find a trial attorney, too, who has filed cases, and who has seen similar cases all the way through to a trial. If anyone out there has been the victim in a bus accident, please give us a call. We’d be more than happy to answer any questions you might have.
Our North Augusta bus accident lawyers are here to help you get the compensation that you deserve after being seriously injured in a bus accident. Please call our office today to set up a free initial consultation.