When you board a bus, public or private, you put your safety in the hands of the driver and the bus company. Likewise, when you take to the road in your own vehicle (or on foot or on your bicycle), you never expect to be involved in a collision with a bus. Yet, it happens more often than you might think. In fact, you can sustain significant injuries while riding a bus, even without a crash or collision.
Whatever the scenario that caused your injuries, you may have the legal right to
file an accident claim to seek compensation if the crash or incident occurred due to negligence. To learn more, and determine if you have a potential claim for your damages, contact a bus accident lawyer in Jacksonville, FL.
The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine understand how frightening this experience can be, as you struggle to get medical treatment for your injuries while watching the bills pile up. Call us today to learn more, at 1-800-747-3733.
Bus Accidents & Injuries Take Many Forms
You can sustain substantial or life-threatening injuries as a bus passenger, a driver or passenger in another vehicle, or as a pedestrian, cyclist, or bystander.
Bus Passenger Accidents & Injuries
As a passenger, injuries occur when the bus you are riding collides with another vehicle or a stationary object. You could also sustain an injury by slipping and falling while getting on or off the bus or while onboard. You could also get hurt if the driver makes a sudden stop or turn, or if the vehicle rolls over. Poor design, faulty manufacturing, and poor maintenance practices can also lead to serious passenger injuries.
Non-Passenger Bus Accidents & Injuries
A bus could collide with a vehicle in which you were the driver or a passenger. You could be struck by a bus while walking or riding a bicycle. You could sustain injuries if a bus crashes into a building while you are inside.
The most common types of injuries sustained by victims of bus accidents include the following:
- Cuts and lacerations
- Bone fractures
- Soft tissue injuries
- Spinal linjuries
- Brain injuries
- Internal injuries
- Facial injuries
Some victims of severe bus accident injuries may lose their lives or sustain life-threatening injuries or permanent disabilities.
Conditions such as driver fatigue, intoxication, and distraction often contribute to bus accidents and injuries, as does inadequate driver training. Bus companies may neglect critical maintenance and repairs. In other cases, accidents and injuries occur due to defective design or manufacturing practices.
To determine the cause of your accident and injuries – and to seek financial compensation for your damages – talk to a bus accident lawyer in Jacksonville, FL.
Let a Bus Accident Lawyer Fight for Your Right to Compensation
At the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine, we help bus accident and injury victims obtain the compensation they deserve for their injuries.
Because these vehicles typically have insurance coverage through a large commercial insurer, victims often do not fare well in trying to obtain compensation. Establishing fault and liability for damages can also pose a significant challenge.
Our legal team specializes in helping injured clients collect the settlement they need to pay for medical treatment and to compensate them for lost wages, pain and suffering, and disability.
We will represent you in negotiations with the insurance company, protecting your legal rights and ensuring claims adjustors and lawyers understand the seriousness of your injuries and damages.
How We Prove Your Case
We will utilize our extensive network of medical experts, accident reconstruction specialists, and safety experts to build the strongest possible claim for you. We will analyze photos of the accident scene, interview witnesses, review police reports, and obtain safety and maintenance records from the bus company.
Using the information we gather, we will set about the process of documenting your claim. To determine the amount of your claim, we will include all your medical bills and treatment costs to date as well as your lost wages. We will seek testimony from your doctors and medical experts to determine the type and extent of treatment you will require in the future.
Based on how long your injuries will prevent you from working, we will include:
- Future lost income, benefits, and opportunities.
- Pain and suffering
- Deduction in quality of life
Once we submit your claim to the insurance company, we will pursue negotiations to arrive at a settlement that is fair and equitable. Or, if we cannot reach an equitable settlement, we will file a lawsuit and take it to court.
Throughout the process, we will protect your legal rights and ensure you get the treatment you need so you can focus on getting your life back to normal.
Establishing Liability for a Bus Accident with Injuries
Determining fault and establishing liability for bus accident injuries can pose a significant challenge, depending on the facts of your case. In many cases, more than one party has liability.
Fault for your bus accident may lie with the driver, the bus company, the municipality, the vehicle’s manufacturer, a third party, or some combination of these.
If a product defect caused your injuries, we can pursue a claim without having to prove negligence. Otherwise, we must demonstrate the four legal elements of negligence to establish liability:
- Duty of care
- Breach of duty
- Actual damages
For example, the bus company has a duty of care to maintain its vehicles, to ensure the safety of passengers and others on the road. If the company fails to maintain the vehicle correctly, we can demonstrate that they breached their duty of care. If you were a passenger in a bus that crashed because the company failed to provide proper maintenance, we can demonstrate that the bus company is liable for your damages.
The complex nature of demonstrating liability makes a bus accident lawyer uniquely qualified to assist you in pursuing a settlement.
Talk to a Bus Accident Lawyer in Jacksonville FL at No Cost
The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine would like to offer you a no-cost, no-obligation consultation to discuss your bus accident and injuries.
Our legal team understands how important it is for you to get the care you need and a financial settlement will provide the resources you need. Contact us today at 1-800-747-3733 to speak with a bus accident lawyer in Jacksonville FL.