According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in the two most recent years for which data exists, 34 bus accidents took place on Florida roadways. These accidents can devastate their victims. These incidents occurred with public buses—and additional records show school bus accidents also cause deaths and injuries.
A North Port bus accident lawyer from Boohoff Law can help if you recover compensation if you are an injured victim and the accident resulted from someone else’s negligence.
Hire a Bus Accident Lawyer Who Gets Results
Every bus accident case is different, and regardless of how many cases a firm has successfully handled, there is never a guarantee of an outcome. However, when a firm like Boohoff Law can show results, you can feel confident they will take the needed steps to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
Severity of Bus Accident Injuries
The types of injuries you suffer when involved in a bus accident vary greatly depending on whether you were a passenger on the bus, the driver of another vehicle involved in the accident, a pedestrian, or a passenger in another vehicle. Injuries can range from minor whiplash to death. Some of the most common injuries victims sustain in a bus accident include:
- Brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Herniated disks
- Internal bleeding
- Severe skin burns
- Severed limbs
- Spinal injuries
- Sprained and torn ligaments
Establishing Liability After a Bus Accident
Your injuries require treatment, you may need to be hospitalized while recovering, and you may also be facing a long recuperation time meaning you will lose time from work. Seeking compensation for your injuries will require your personal injury attorney to establish who is liable for your injuries. Liability for a bus accident may belong to:
- The driver of the bus – A driver who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or driving distracted could have caused the accident
- The bus driver’s employer – If the employer did not verify the driver holds a Class C license, was not properly trained on the vehicle’s safety equipment or well-versed in the rules which must be followed for bus drivers, the employer could be held liable for your injuries.
- The person responsible for maintenance – In cases where someone other than the driver or employer is responsible for maintaining a bus, the company or person may be responsible if the vehicle fails due to improper maintenance.
- Driver of another vehicle – Instances where the bus is involved in an accident but there was a third party at fault for the accident. In these cases, that driver may be responsible for your injuries as well as the injuries sustained by other victims.
In some instances, you can hold a government body liable for your injuries. Speak with your attorney about anyone who may have contributed to your injuries.
Potential Compensation for Bus Accident Victims
Every personal injury lawsuit is unique and bus accident victims are often uncertain as to what the potential settlement amount may be for their injuries. Keep in mind, there is no set dollar amount which is considered “usual” because compensation levels depend on several factors. Naturally, a victim with catastrophic injuries is likely to recover more than someone with a minor injury.
Generally, victims may be entitled to compensation for:
- Medical bills including rehabilitation therapy
- Lost wages during recovery
- Future wages when the injury is expected to be permanent
- Disfiguration caused by scarring
- Pain and suffering
- Property loss
The responsible party may also be required to compensate the victim of a bus accident for punitive damages, which is when a monetary amount is assessed to penalize the responsible party for their negligence.
When Insurers Refuse to Negotiate a Fair Settlement
Most of us expect when we file a claim with the responsible party’s insurance company, they will pay the claim in good faith. Unfortunately, this is not always the case because an insurance company makes money by collecting premiums and avoiding the payment of claims. This is why you need to seek the guidance of an attorney who is adept at serving as an advocate for victims of bus accidents.
Insurance companies will do their best to encourage victims to accept a settlement for less than they might otherwise be entitled to receive. They understand you are under a financial strain due to the unexpected medical bills while you are losing time from work. They are hoping they can avoid full financial liability by getting you to settle as quickly as possible.
Victims of a bus accident should never accept any settlement, nor sign any documents produced by an insurer without consulting with a lawyer who is representing them. The reason for this is the insurer is hoping you do not understand what rights you may have—and they may be correct in this assessment. In many cases, they will bury a waiver in documents they request you sign. These waivers may contain language that forces you to waive certain rights you might otherwise have under Florida’s laws.
You Have Nothing to Lose by Calling Our Bus Accident Attorneys
One concern many victims of a bus accident have is how they will pay for an attorney to handle their case for them. You need not worry; our offices offer a free consultation to evaluate your case and most of our cases are handled on a contingency basis. This means you do not pay for any legal services unless we are successful in obtaining a settlement for your injuries. Additionally, those fees will not be paid unless we help recover compensation for you, and then our fees will come from a percentage of what we helped you to recover.
If you were injured in a North Port bus accident, contact Boohoff Law offices at (877) 999-9999. You can call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to request your free consultation. If you are unable to meet us at our office, we can arrange to meet you at your home or in your hospital if necessary. Whether you suffered an injury because you were a passenger on a bus or a car, you were the driver of a car in a bus accident, or your child was injured in a school bus accident, let us fight to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
Boohoff Law North Port
14900 Tamiami Trail
North Port, FL 34287