You were on your way to work or running errands, or your child was en route to school when a bus accident upended your life. Now your medical bills are piling up; you do not know when nor if you can return to work– and you also worry about paying the rent or mortgage and putting food on the table.
An experienced Bart Bernard bus accident attorney fights for your rights, so you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries. If the insurance company does not agree to a fair settlement, we will take your case to trial.
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Bus Accident Factors
Generally, traveling by bus is one of the safest ways to reach your destination. However, when there is a collision– it is, due to the size, usually much worse than a car accident. Few buses contain seatbelts, airbags, or other safety equipment.
Further, even in a bad motor vehicle crash, relatively few people are involved. That is not the case with a bus– where dozens of people may find themselves hurt– because the many loose items carried by passengers can easily become projectiles, wreaking further havoc. Rollovers are more frequent in buses than most cars.
As with any large vehicle, it takes a bus longer to stop and start than a car. That means certain types of accidents are not only more frequent but may involve additional victims.
If a car hits a pedestrian or cyclist, the consequences are often serious, but getting hit by a bus usually means death or a catastrophic injury. The same holds for anyone in a car colliding with a bus.
Bus Accident Injuries
Severe injuries include:
An experienced attorney works to investigate which parties are liable. Although the bus driver and the company are often at fault, the analysis, the research and the evidence– may find that other entities are also accountable. These may include:
An unruly passenger may also cause this– if their behavior distracts or harms the driver.
Contact the Bart Bernard team of Chalmette Bus Accident Lawyers
After a serious injury due to a bus accident, you need to obtain legal advice as soon as possible. A compassionate bus accident lawyer at our firm will evaluate your case and explain the process to you. Call or text us today to arrange a free consultation or contact us online.
The Louisiana statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit is just one year from the accident date after an injury, but most buses are operated by public agencies, which makes the timeframe for claim filing as short as six months. Time is truly of the essence.
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