Have You Been Seriously Injured in a Bus Accident?
Public, charter or limousine bus accidents can be devastating because of the number of passengers carried inside a bus, combined with the fact that most buses are not equipped with, or do not require riders to utilize, seat belts. Bus accidents are further complicated by the fact that bus riders are free to move about the cabin of the bus to socialize or use the restroom and, when buses are full or overcrowded, riders are permitted to stand.
In addition to public, charter and limousine bus accidents, as many as 20,000 school bus accidents occur each year causing nearly 10,000 injuries and more than 15 fatalities. Like public or charter bus transportation, school bus accidents are very serious because of the number of school bus passengers who, in most cases, are unsupervised and unrestrained children.
Serious injuries also occur frequently when bus passengers are boarding or exiting a bus. In fact, more than 75% of bus-related injuries occur as passengers board and exit. Common accident scenarios include car versus passenger collisions where car drivers fail to yield to exiting bus passengers, fail to stop for students and/or children crossing the road with school bus warning lights flashing, and collide with stopped buses.
Other potential causes for bus accidents include:
- Old buses with outdated equipment,
- Poor bus maintenance,
- Bus driver negligence, and
- Lack of bus driver training.
What to Do if You are In a Bus Accident
If you have been injured in a bus accident, your first priority is to make sure that you and your loved ones receive prompt medical attention. Next, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced bus accident attorney, as soon as possible. There are regulations that are specific to bus companies and government transit lines. An experienced bus accident attorney will be able to determine how they apply to your case. Also, there are statutes of limitation that restrict the amount of time you have to file a claim after a bus accident. We urge you to contact Baldwin Legal Services PLLC, so we can help you make sure your case is handled properly and that the filing deadlines in your case are protected.
Handling Every Kind of Mass Transit Accident Claim
Accidents involving buses and other forms of mass transit do not have to involve collisions with other vehicles. Short stops, one-vehicle accidents and incidents inside of the vehicles that lead to injuries, including assault from other passengers, can lead to serious injuries.
We are able to represent victims of mass transit accidents such as the following:
- School bus accidents
- Charter bus accidents
- City bus accidents
- Subway accidents
- Rail accidents
- Head-on collisions
We represent victims who have suffered broken bones, soft tissue injuries, paralysis and other catastrophic injuries, as well as family members of accident victims in wrongful death cases. We also represent pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists who have been hit by buses while in transit.
How Our Bus Accident Lawyer Can Help
The insurance company wants to settle your case as soon as possible – and for as little money as possible. After an accident, you need time to determine just how serious your injury is, what medical treatment or physical therapy you need, and how much your lost wages will be. Our bus accident attorney has a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Insurance Law and knows how to protect you from the insurance companies, and to present your claim in the best way possible to ensure your rights are protected and that you get the maximum compensation available.
We can help you:
- Establish liability by preserving evidence and interviewing witnesses
- Ensure you receive the proper medical care as you recover from your injuries
- Help you understand the law, including statute of limitations periods
- Collect the necessary medical records and help you document your injuries properly so that you receive full compensation
- Ensure that you receive the compensation to which you are rightfully entitled
- Negotiate a settlement that takes into account all future medical and financial needs.
Baldwin Legal Services PLLC provides outstanding services for bus accident victims. In cases of serious personal injury, including back, spinal cord, head, burn, brain injury, and, most tragically, wrongful death, our personal injury attorney has the expertise and knowledge necessary to seek the most favorable case outcome. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a bus accident, please call 877-886-1441 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. We are available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Home and hospital visits are available upon request. We will work diligently to ensure that you recover the full measure of compensation to which you are entitled.