As a rule, buses are a safe and pleasant mode of transportation. However, as with any motor vehicle, accidents happen, and when a bus is involved, the outcome is often serious. The sheer size of a bus means that anyone in a smaller vehicle will be affected by the impact with severe or fatal injuries.
If this has happened to you or a family member, a Bart Bernard bus accident attorney will protect your rights and help you receive justice.
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Bus accident litigation is often complex because multiple parties may prove responsible. That is why it is vital to hire an attorney with a strong track record of successfully representing bus accident victims. The lawyer will determine which parties are liable. These may include the:
In Louisiana, most buses fall under the Common Carrier Doctrine, which also applies to trains and taxis. Individuals transporting riders for money are held to a higher standard of care than the ordinary motorist. However, there is a big exception to the Common Carrier Doctrine, and that involves buses operated by any government agency– including public school districts.
Bus companies usually have powerful insurance companies standing behind them, and they will try to deny or minimize liability. That is why a qualified attorney is necessary to conduct a thorough investigation establishing responsibility.
Bus Accident Damages
Compensation, or damages, may include:
If the person succumbs to their injuries, surviving relatives may file a wrongful death lawsuit. Damages in these cases include:
Statute of Limitations
Unfortunately, Louisiana has one of the shortest statutes of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit of any state in the country. If the lawsuit is not filed within one year of the accident date, it cannot go forward in court. That is why seeking legal advice as soon as possible after a bus accident is imperative.
Contact our team of Destrehan Bus Accident Lawyers
If you or a family member have been hurt– a bus accident lawyer at our firm could help you receive the maximum compensation for your injuries. For a free consultation, call or text us today or contact us online. We will evaluate your case and advise you of your options. The majority of such cases are settled, but we will pursue justice for you in court if necessary. There is no fee unless we win.