When you or a family member get on a bus, you probably take it for granted that the driver is properly trained, and the bus is maintained safely. Most of the time that is true, but driver error and poor maintenance are major contributors to bus accidents. When such an accident does occur, the consequences may prove catastrophic, changing your life and that of your family forever.
An insurance adjuster may contact you after the accident and offer a settlement. Never agree to any settlement before consulting a lawyer. Insurance companies want to offer as little as possible, and once you have agreed to an amount, you cannot reopen negotiations.
A dedicated Harvey bus accident attorney at Bart Bernard Injury Lawyers conducts a complete investigation into the crash to determine the entities responsible for causing your injuries. We leverage our experience and tenacity to hold them accountable. While most cases are resolved with a settlement agreement, we will pursue your case at trial if necessary. As Bart Bernard says, “I’ll be you with every step of the way.™”
Bus Accident Causes
Various factors may cause bus accidents, and often multiple parties share some degree of liability. Driver error may include:
The bus company is liable when drivers are poorly trained, or if they are not keeping their vehicles in a safe condition. If the bus crash resulted due to defective parts, such as blown tires or failed brakes, the manufacturer might prove liable. An investigation may show that a vehicle maintenance provider allowed a bus to operate even though it did not meet inspection standards.
The recklessness or negligence of other drivers may have caused the accident. If the local jurisdiction did not maintain the road in a safe manner, those conditions may directly or indirectly contribute to the accident.
Bus Injury Damages
In Louisiana, monetary compensation for bus accident victims may include:
If a bus accident victim succumbs to his or her injuries, the family may file a wrongful death lawsuit. While money cannot replace a lost loved one, it is a means for surviving relatives to obtain some accountability and recompense for financial losses. Damages in such situations may include:
Contact Harvey Bus Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one were injured in a bus crash, obtaining legal counsel as soon as possible is imperative. Always remember that the statute of limitations in Louisiana for filing a personal injury lawsuit is very short, at just one year from the date of the accident. Schedule a free consultation with a bus accident lawyer at Bart Bernard Injury Lawyers by calling or texting 24/7 or contacting us online. Our one and only goal is to make sure you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Because we work on a contingency basis, there is no fee unless we win. Choose Bart Bernard, “Your Personal Injury Lawyer™.”