A bus accident can leave its victims with life-threatening injuries and potentially permanent disability. If you or a loved one sustained severe injuries in an accident involving a public or private bus, talk to one of the bus accident lawyers in West Palm Beach, Florida at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine.
Our legal team will protect your legal rights and fight aggressively to get you the fair compensation you deserve for your injuries and damages. Contact us today at 1-800-747-3733 to schedule your no-cost consultation and case analysis.
Bus Accidents & Injuries in West Palm Beach, Florida
Bus accident injuries occur in a variety of scenarios in which compensation might be available. Bus accidents can affect anyone, including:
- Passengers on the bus
- Drivers or passengers in other vehicles
- Bicycle riders
Some possible causes of bus accidents in West Palm Beach, Florida are as follows.
Bus drivers may become distracted behind the wheel and collide with other vehicles, pedestrians, or bicycle riders. Driver fatigue, impairment, or inexperience may all contribute to an injury accident. Drivers can also act aggressively or recklessly behind the wheel, putting passengers and other motorists at risk.
Bus Company Negligence
If the owner of the bus fails to properly service or maintain the vehicle, it could lead to a serious injury accident. Likewise, if the bus company does not provide adequate training or drivers or implement passenger safety policies, they may have liability for any injuries that result.
Bus accidents may occur if the vehicle strikes an obstruction in the roadway or swerves to avoid an unexpected obstacle. Common obstructions include construction equipment, highway workers, and barricades. Open trenches and even large potholes can lead to a serious injury accident.
If the bus itself has faulty components, due to design or manufacturing defects, a serious accident can result. A typical example of this scenario involves defective or recalled tires that, upon failure, can lead to severe injuries and wrongful death for passengers and others on the roadway.
The challenge that many bus accident victims face is how to identify the party who had fault for the incident and whether negligence caused or contributed to their injuries.
How a Bus Accident Lawyer in West Palm Beach Can Help
A personal injury lawyer in West Palm Beach can help victims obtain financial compensation for injuries suffered due to someone else’s negligence.
We understand the challenges of facing off with large insurance companies who seek first to minimize the amount of their exposure for an injury accident. We also understand how painful this experience can be for the victim. Getting the medical care you need to recover can provide difficult if you lack the financial resources to pay out-of-pocket. If your injuries prevent you from working, you may not have enough money to pay your bills or support your family.
We will go to work immediately building the strongest possible claim on your behalf. To accomplish that goal, our team of investigators will gather essential evidence to support your case, which may include:
- Accident reports
- Bus maintenance, inspection and repair records
- Bus company safety policies
- Bus company accident history
- Photos or videos of the accident scene
- Witness statements
- Accident reconstruction
- Medical and safety expert testimony
We will use this and other relevant information to build your claim and submit it to the at-fault party’s insurance carrier. We will push to expedite the negotiation process, to obtain a settlement for you as quickly as possible.
Acting as an intermediary between you and the insurance company’s representatives, we will protect your legal rights and compel the insurer to negotiate in good faith. If they do not agree to an equitable settlement, we can file a lawsuit and prepare your case for court.
Calculating the Value of Your Claim
To determine the amount of your claim, we will obtain documentation that demonstrates the monetary value of your injuries and other damages.
Our legal team will include the expenses you have incurred to date for medical treatment, including hospital bills, ambulance charges, medication, medical devices, etc. If your injuries require ongoing care, we will call on your doctors and other medical experts to determine the value of your future needs, including physical therapy and any adaptation you must make to your home, if you require mobility assistance.
The value of your claim will include all lost wages and benefits to date as well as the projected value of your future lost income, benefits, and opportunities. To support this aspect of your claim, we will use wage statements from your employer, industry-specific data, and relevant subject matter expert testimony.
If your accident led to damage or destruction of your car, bicycle, or other types of personal property, we would include the appropriate sums in your claim.
Pain and Suffering
If appropriate, we will also include pain and suffering, mental anguish, or lost life enjoyment, along with proportionate values for any permanent disability you may have suffered.
After identifying the party or parties at fault for your accident, our legal team will establish liability by demonstrating the legal elements of negligence.
Duty of Care
Bus owners and operators owe a duty of reasonable care to passengers as well as the community, to ensure public safety.
Breach of Duty
If the bus company failed to maintain the vehicle properly or if the driver got behind the wheel after having a few drinks, they have breached their duty of care.
If an accident occurs due to the at-fault party’s breach of their duty of care, they have liability for any damages that result.
When claiming for compensation due to negligence, we must demonstrate your actual damages. We can provide proof of your medical care costs, lost wages, personal property loss, etc.
If your injuries arose from an accident caused by a product defect, pursuing a settlement claim will require a slightly different approach, based on the nature of the defect and who is at fault.
Free Consultation with a Bus Accident Lawyer in West Palm Beach, FL
To help you understand your options for filing an insurance claim or lawsuit for your injuries, the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine offers a complimentary consultation and case analysis. Let us help you fight for the financial compensation you deserve after a bus accident.
To schedule your free case evaluation with a bus accident lawyer in West Palm Beach, Florida call us now at 1-800-747-3733.