If you suffered an injury in a bus crash, attorney Angela Frazier can help you understand the legal options available for recovering your damages. Bus accident cases may involve public transport, charter coaches, school buses and larger passenger vehicles.
After a consultation with our bus accident attorney in Greenville, you can rest easier knowing our experienced litigator will be fighting for your right to hold the at-fault parties in your case — including the government — liable for their actions and the resulting damages. To speak with our bus accident lawyer, contact our firm today by phone or online.
What Types of Bus Accident Cases Do We Handle?
Our bus accident attorney handles cases of many circumstances. We manage cases involving buses colliding with other vehicles and striking pedestrians.
Other types of accidents that may warrant a compensation claim include:
- Slipping and falling inside the bus
- Injuries resulting from sudden stops or driver negligence or impairment
- Accidents involving bus mechanical failures or inadequate maintenance
- Accidents at bus stops or terminals
- Claims against bus manufacturers for defective parts
When you hire our experienced legal team to handle your case, we will investigate your claim to find evidence of negligence by the commercial or government parties involved. We handle all communication with the insurance company, including negotiations for a fair settlement. With the resources to handle your claim through each stage, we can take care of filing the appropriate paperwork and advocating for you in court if necessary. Our continuous support lets you focus on recovering from your injuries and restoring your life after a potentially devastating bus accident.
When Is Someone Else Liable for a Bus Accident?
In any bus accident case, there is often more than one potentially liable party.
We commonly see cases where the driver’s negligence or lack of training results in injuries to others on and off the bus. Bus drivers must adhere to a high standard of care given the large size of their vehicles and the number of passengers they transport. If a driver’s negligence, such as speeding, distracted driving or driving under the influence, leads to an accident, they or their employing company may be liable.
The manufacturer or maintenance company could be accountable if a bus malfunction results from faulty manufacturing or inadequate maintenance. Local government bodies or contractors might face responsibility for the damages that a County or school bus causes.
Determining liability can sometimes be complex. In some scenarios, the fault may belong to other people or entities on the road. For example, if a car abruptly cuts off a bus, leading to an accident, the car’s driver could be liable.
Getting the facts of what led up to your bus accident is a major role our attorney can fulfill on your behalf.
How Do You Know If You Have a Case for Compensation?
If you or someone you love was a passenger aboard a bus when it crashed, you should be aware that the chance of being assigned any fault for the accident is slim. Still, you have an uphill battle ahead of you if you want to hold either the bus operator, another driver, a government entity or a manufacturer accountable. Consulting an experienced attorney is the surest way to know if you have a case for compensation. Acting quickly can help protect your claim.
How Much Is a Bus Accident Claim Worth?
The value of a bus accident claim will depend on the severity of the accident and injuries sustained.
Personal injury law refers to your recoverable losses as compensatory damages. These may include economic and non-economic damages, covering the full impact a bus accident can have on your physical, mental and financial health. As your representative, attorney Angela Frazier will work to identify all recoverable damages from your case and assign adequate monetary values to your non-economic losses.
Recoverable economic damages from a bus accident case refer to the tangible losses incurred and your injuries. These are quantifiable and can include:
- Medical expenses, including the cost of hospital stays, surgeries, doctor visits, medications, rehabilitation and any future medical care related to the accident
- Lost wages due to missed work
- Loss of earning capacity if the injuries reduce your ability to earn in the future
- The value of property damage, such as the cost of repairing or replacing your vehicle
- The cost of any replacement services, such as childcare or in-home assistance
In the unfortunate event that the accident leads to the death of a family member, you may receive compensation for funeral and burial expenses.
Non-economic damages refer to intangible losses. They address the emotional and psychological impacts of the accident and may include the pain and suffering from physical injuries and emotional distress. If the injuries adversely affect your relationship with your spouse or partner, you can seek compensation for loss of companionship, affection and other relational benefits.
If you can no longer partake in activities or hobbies you once enjoyed due to your injuries, you can seek damages for loss of enjoyment of life. Anytime a personal injury leads to a reduced quality of life, including the impact on a wrongful death victim’s family, the court allows you to assign a monetary value to those losses for your claim.
Learn More How Our Greenville Bus Accident Lawyer Can Help
At Elliott Frazier — Family, Personal Injury, & Car Accident Attorneys, LLC, we know the pain that a bus accident can cause victims and their families. We commit our legal experience to help you build a solid case for compensation and will ensure no one violates your rights during the legal process. If you suffered injuries or lost a loved one in a bus accident, contact our team today to speak with our Greenville bus accident attorney.