In 2018, 319 people suffered injuries in bus accidents throughout Louisiana. School buses had the most accidents at 183, followed by 97 on buses with seating for at least 16 passengers, and 39 on buses seating nine to 15 passengers. However, if you or a loved one were injured, the type and size of the vehicle does not matter. What does matter is that you are badly hurt, unable to work or pay your bills, and need justice.
A Breaux Bridge bus accident attorney from our team at Bart Bernard Injury Lawyers can help you receive the maximum compensation for your injuries.
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Bus accident injuries
Bus accident injuries are often serious, especially when it strikes a pedestrian, cyclist, or another motor vehicle. Common injuries include:
Always seek prompt medical attention, even if you initially do not think you were hurt. Some injuries may not appear for a day or two, and failing to seek medical care right away– can harm your claim. The insurance company may question its severity, or even allege the injury did not result from the accident.
Common carrier duty of care
Accidents involving buses fall under the state’s Common Carrier Doctrine, which states that bus drivers– along with pilots, train engineers, and those with similar public transportation duties– must transport passengers with “reasonable care” without taking unneeded risks. Your attorney can determine which parties are liable for your accident.
Bus accident compensation
In Louisiana, damages, or compensation, for a bus accident may include:
Unfortunately, some people do not survive their injuries. Family members may file a wrongful death lawsuit, and may receive compensation for:
Statute of limitations
Louisiana has one of the shortest statutes of limitations for filing personal injury lawsuits in the nation—just one year. Therefore, it is crucial that you obtain immediate legal counsel. When it comes to bus accidents, the timeframe is often just half that. Any claims against government agencies, including public school districts, require filing within six months.
Time is truly of the essence.
Contact our team of Breaux Bridge bus accident lawyers
If you or someone you know was injured in a bus accident due to another party’s negligence or recklessness, you need the services of a dedicated Louisiana bus injury lawyer. Schedule a free consultation by calling 24/7 or using our online contact form. Because we work on a contingency basis, there is never a fee unless we win.
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