If you or someone you love was injured in a bus accident, you could be facing significant financial losses from extensive injuries. Medical expenses and lost wages alone can result in added stress on top of recovering from your injuries. Depending on the circumstances, you could have the legal right to bring a claim against the at-fault party. To learn more about your legal options, speak with an experienced bus accident attorney at Gerling Law Injury Attorneys today.
The legal team at Gerling Law has decades of experience assisting thousands of injured victims just like you. We have offices conveniently located in Evansville, Indiana, Indianapolis, Indiana, Owensboro, Kentucky, and Louisville, Kentucky, and we can handle claims in Indiana, Kentucky, and Illinois.
No matter whether you were a passenger on a bus or a bus driver struck your vehicle, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries and pain and suffering.
What to Do After a Bus Accident
When you are a passenger on a public bus, you are putting your safety in the hands of the bus driver. Drivers should take the necessary precautions to keep all passengers safe. Unfortunately, accidents and other incidents can still occur. If you find yourself injured as a bus passenger, you may be wondering what to do next. The skilled legal team at Gerling Law Inury Attorneys is here to help. We can review your circumstances and determine what the best course of action is.
If you are involved in a bus accident, it’s crucial to contact the proper authorities and seek medical treatment right away. If your injuries aren’t incapacitating, be sure to get contact information for all involved drivers and any witnesses. If you can get photographs at the scene, they can be crucial evidence.
You should avoid speaking with the at-fault party’s insurance company until you’ve talked with an attorney first. Retaining a lawyer early on is recommended. Depending on the bus company involved, you may have very different legal guidelines and timelines to follow. For example, the process to pursue a claim against Greyhound will differ significantly for an accident involving a government-owned bus.
Common Causes of Bus Accidents
There are numerous causes of bus accidents, but some of the most common ones include:
- Driver error,
- Distracted driving,
- Driver fatigue,
- Driver speeding,
- Poor bus maintenance,
- Mechanical failure,
- Improper hiring practices, and
- Negligent training.
At Gerling Law, we have represented numerous clients for many types of bus accidents. We understand how these claims work and what evidence you need to resolve your injury claim successfully.
Proving Liability in a Bus Accident
Bus accident claims tend to be rather complicated to resolve, especially when it comes to determining liability. Before you can collect any compensation for your damages, you need to prove liability against the at-fault party or parties. The main elements of negligence in a bus accident are:
- The defendant owed you a duty of care;
- The defendant breached their duty of care;
- The defendant’s breach was the primary cause of your injuries; and
- You sustained damages, such as medical bills, loss of earnings, etc.
If you were a passenger in a city bus accident, contact Gerling Law to schedule a consultation to learn more about pursuing a claim against the responsible parties.
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I hired Gerling Law a few weeks after my car accident. Over the course of 2 years, I got to work with two attorneys on my case. Neal Anderson recently wrapped up my case and I couldn’t have been any more satisfied. If you need representation for an injury, I definitely recommend Gerling Law. - Perry C.
Average Bus Accident Settlement
Understandably, prospective clients want to know how much money they can get in a bus accident claim. We can’t provide you with a range or a figure because every case is different. What you want to know is how much you can receive for your individual claim. Rather than inquire about a generic range, let us review your case and tell you what it could be worth.
Types of Damages You Can Recover in a Bus Accident
Recoverable damages in a bus accident are usually no different than car accidents in most cases. For example, the most common damages you could potentially recover in a bus accident claim include:
- Medical expenses to date,
- Future medical treatment,
- Lost wages,
- Loss of earning capacity, and
- Pain and suffering.
If you lost a loved one in a bus accident, you may have a claim for wrongful death against the responsible parties. Every case is unique, and your recoverable damages may differ from someone else’s. When you hire an experienced bus accident attorney at Gerling Law, we will ensure you’re demanding all the compensation you’re entitled to receive.
Reasons to Hire a Bus Accident Lawyer
If you attempt to handle your claim independently, you may be missing out on compensation. You need a legal advocate on your side who can protect your rights. Bus companies have a team of representatives looking out for them. They will use every resource available to keep from paying out any money. While you are focused on your injuries and getting back to work, they are preparing a solid defense to save money.
Don’t speak with the defendant’s insurance company or accept a settlement offer without first speaking with our skilled legal team. It’s not unusual for insurance companies to get you to settle early on in the process and sign a release. Once you’ve signed a release of all claims, the insurance company doesn’t need to pay you any additional money if you suddenly find out you need surgery or any other further treatment.
When you retain one of our attorneys, we will handle all the legal issues, including gathering evidence and speaking with the defendants’ insurance companies. You only need to concentrate on healing. At Gerling Law, our top priority is to protect your rights and ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
Contact a Bus Accident Lawyer at Gerling Law Today
If you were involved in a bus accident, it’s crucial to act quickly. Contact Gerling Law Injury Attorneys right away to schedule a consultation. The sooner we can start working on your case, the easier it is to preserve evidence. We have decades of experience helping bus accident victims just like you. We have a proven record of success getting injured victims the compensation they deserve. Please speak with us to learn more about how we can help. Remember,
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