Bus accidents are a frightening experience. Each year, thousands of people are injured and killed in bus accidents.
After an accident, MCIS Lawyers encourages our clients to take the following steps:
- File an accident report with the bus operator or company.
- If you have your phone available, take photographs of the vehicles and scene.
- Always seek medical attention, even if you think your injuries are minor. Most people are shaken and upset at the scene and are not focused on injuries. In addition, adrenaline can mask pain. If you are in significant pain at the scene, you should ask for treatment at the scene because your injuries could be serious. Otherwise, you should be evaluated as soon as you become aware of your pain so as not to overlook something that could be serious.
- Call an attorney to assist you. Bus companies and their insurance companies are interested in protecting their interests only, not yours. Don’t let them take advantage of you.
Bus Accident Law
Injuries occur on all types of buses including city buses, private buses, and charter buses. In one case, a person chartered a bus for a party. The “party bus” took the bus riders to several bars throughout the LA area. The bus company permitted alcohol to be brought on board during the evening and failed to supervise. One of the guests suffered a terrible injury during the ride. A substantial verdict was obtained based upon the negligence of the bus company in failing to supervise the party.
The most common causes of bus accidents include:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driving unsafely for the weather conditions/visibility
- Defective bus equipment
- Improper bus maintenance
Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations for bus accident cases is two years. That means a person has two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit if the case cannot be resolved beforehand.
Do I Have a Case?
There are two parts to every case. The first part is proving that someone was at fault. The second part is proving damages. To prove fault, you must prove that the bus operator failed to exercise reasonable care in the operation of the vehicle. When a person is injured, he or she is entitled to be compensated for the damages that have been incurred. Generally, damages fall into two categories called economic damages and noneconomic damages. Economic damages include such things as property damage, medical expenses and lost wages. Noneconomic damages include such things as pain and suffering and emotional distress. All of these damages must be related to the accident or incident. You will be required to prove by competent and credible evidence all of your damages claims.
Damages that may be recovered in a bus collision depend on the severity of the injuries. Compensation may include the following:
- Medical Expenses
- Future Medical Expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Past and Future Lost Wages
- Property Damage
And in cases where the truck driver has caused death, the family of the victim is entitled to recover certain damages, called wrongful death damages.
MCIS Lawyers Can Help
Individuals that have been involved in a bus accident or families suffering from the death of a loved one should discuss their rights with MCIS Lawyers who offer a free case evaluation. Our team can help you determine if you have a case and determine the damages you are owed.