Experienced Bus Accident Attorneys Can Guide You
There are several reasons why bus accidents lawsuits are quite complex. The most important one is that there is a wide variety of different bus companies and bus categories. All of them require different approaches to the particular lawsuit. That is why most people prefer to get the services of professional bus accident attorneys who have enough experience in the matter and can ensure their client gets the best possible compensation.
What makes it complex
When you are involved in a regular car accident lawsuit, the matter is usually simpler: the victim seeks compensation from the liable driver’s insurance company through settlement or litigation. But a bus accident case can get very complex.
First of all, there are not one or two, but several injuries parties in most bus accidents. While there might also be several victims in a car accident if multiple passengers were involved, the number of injured parties cannot be more than 8 or at the most 10 people. Whereas, in the event of a bus accident, the number of victims increases to at least 9 because a bus is defined by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) as any motor vehicle designed primarily to transport nine or more persons, including the driver. Depending on the circumstances of the bus accident, there can be fifteen, twenty, or even 40 injured people.
Apart from the multiple injured parties, a bus accident lawsuit also involves multiple liable parties, including different government entities like public schools or transportation departments.
All these details affect procedures and deadlines in a bus accident claim.
Under federal and state bus safety laws, bus transport services must operate under strict licensing regulations. The state laws also determine whether a bus carrier is liable for damages in case of a particular accident.
While reasons for bus accidents can be varied, bus accident attorneys need to conduct a lot of research in order to figure out the party that is legally responsible for injuries and other damages.
Below are some of the reasons why these types of lawsuits are so complex. Note that all the following reasons involve different parties liable for material compensation to the victims:
- Driver fatigue
- Driver’s bad driving behavior
- Bad bus maintenance
- Defective bus design or manufacturing mistakes
- Spare parts malfunctioning
- Bad road surface maintenance
Each and every case is unique and should be approached personally and thoughtfully by proven bus accident attorneys.
Different laws, regulations and procedures might apply depending on the kind of bus and other case details. In order to recover the highest possible compensation amount, it is necessary to evaluate each particular situation and plan how to put victims in the best position for recovery.
Get legal help
There is another reason why bus accident cases are difficult for the victims. It is because the bus company’s insurer will most likely try to trick you into accepting a lot less than you deserve and what you could receive with the help of bus accident attorneys. So, contact Wilshire Law Firm to discuss your case and your chances to receive a sizable compensation.
We have experience in handling all types of bus accidents lawsuits, including those that involve different kinds of buses (public transit buses, interstate travel buses, school and charter buses) and different accident reasons (driver’s negligence or error, negligent hiring, defects with the vehicle and FMCSA safety violations).
Our bus accident attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you will not have to pay the us anything if we don’t win your case. Since our lawyers receive a reasonable percentage of the compensation amount as payment, our interests are directly tied to yours, which means we will do everything we can to get you an optimal case outcome.
Last Updated: 03-24-2017