Lafayette, Louisiana, is a wonderful place to live, but driving here can be dangerous. In Lafayette, police respond to about 24 motor vehicle accidents per day – with nearly half of those due to distracted driving. Injuries and property damage are significantly compounded when the accident involves a bus.
While buses are a relatively safe mode of transportation, broad-sweeping statistics are little consolation when you are one of the unfortunate people severely injured or suffering the loss of a loved one resulting from a bus accident. Experienced attorneys tasked with conducting diligent investigations into the crash evidence often turn up liability issues where one or more parties legally owe compensation to injury victims to cover different types of loss.
Lafayette Bus Accident Lawyer Bart Bernard offers free case evaluations for bus accident victims and their families. Recognized for his exceptional results, Bart Bernard is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, the Elite Lawyers of America, and the American Association of Justice. Bart Bernard Injury Lawyers will pursue maximum compensation for your losses and keep you apprised of the progress of your case every step of the way. You have nothing to lose by working with us, and everything to gain, as we charge no fees at all unless your case is successful.
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Bus accident statistics
Who is liable for a bus crash?
The Common Carrier Doctrine of Louisiana states that bus, plane, train, and taxi drivers have an obligation to the people they are transporting to exercise “reasonable care” and avoid taking unnecessary risks while making decisions on the road so as not to put their passengers in harm’s way. Common carriers who transport strangers for money need to be held to the highest standard of care because of the great trust we place in drivers to take us where we need to go safely.
Types of bus accident compensation awarded in Louisiana
Bus accident victims in Louisiana may be able to recover money for:
If the accident was partly my fault, can I still recover damages?
Few accidents boil down to one person “to blame” and one person “100% innocent.” The cause of a crash is not always readily apparent, and both parties may share fault to some degree. Louisiana’s pure comparative negligence doctrine still allows you to collect compensation, even if you were partially at fault, though the total amount will be reduced based on how much liability is ascribed to you. With legal representation, you can ensure that you are not unfairly shouldered with the lion’s share of fault, which would affect how much compensation you are eligible to collect.
What should I do if my child is in a school bus accident?
School buses owe parents a special duty of care to adequately supervise and reasonably protect their children from harm during transportation to and from a place of education. A Lafayette bus accident lawyer should be your first call after seeking medical attention for your child’s injuries. You should not be held responsible for any costs incurred in your child’s medical treatment and long-term recovery. A lawyer will investigate the facts surrounding the accident thoroughly to advocate for maximum compensation. You may have a valid claim against the bus driver, the school district, the bus company, or another motorist.
How to win a bus accident lawsuit
To win a bus accident lawsuit, you must:
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Contact the Law Office of Bart Bernard for a free case review. As a contingency fee attorney, Bart Bernard only collects a fair legal fee out of the settlement or verdict award. We offer two convenient nearby locations, so call our Lafayette law office on Camelia Boulevard or our Lafayette law office on Caillouet Place for a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer specializing in bus accidents.
Last modified: January 13, 2020