If you have lived in Sunset for long, you have probably made use of a bus at some point in your life. Most of the time, bus rides are uneventful. Unfortunately, these large commercial vehicles can cause a great deal of damage in an accident.
Many factors could cause a crash– driver error, mechanical failure, or negligence on the part of the bus owner are only some of the possibilities. The Bart Bernard team of Sunset bus accident lawyers could assist you in identifying the responsible party and bringing suit against them.
We have proudly served as advocates for the Sunset community for years. To discuss your options with a skilled bus accident attorney, contact us today.
Successful outcomes in a bus accident claim
There are two ways your bus accident lawyer could help you obtain a successful outcome. You could obtain financial compensation through a negotiated settlement or a favorable trial verdict.
First of all, most claims end in settlement. Typically, the bus company or their insurance company will review the evidence against their driver and accept liability for the crash. Even if they have doubts about liability, these claims often settle due to the insurance company’s desire to avoid risk. However, settlements do not simply happen. Obtaining a favorable offer requires significant upfront legal work and extensive negotiation.
Some negotiations are short and are resolved before a lawsuit is ever filed. In other cases, they could stretch on long past the filing of a lawsuit. Further, we could reach a settlement on the day your trial is to start.
In other cases, settlement may not be an option. Some insurance carriers will decide to take their chances at trial, for example. When this occurs, we will plead your case before a jury of your peers. If the jury sides with you, they will enter a monetary judgment against the defendant.
Time limit to file a claim
You have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit should negotiations fall apart. In fact, Louisiana has one of the shortest time limits to file a lawsuit in the country. You have one year from the date of the crash to bring your claim or risk having it dismissed forever. Our skilled attorneys can ensure that you meet every legal deadline in your case.
Contact our team of Sunset bus accident lawyers
From negotiating your claim to trying your case in front of a jury, we are ready to assist you throughout the entire process. We have taken on bus companies and their insurers before, and we look forward to doing so again on your behalf. If you have questions about the legal process, our team is happy to provide the answers. Schedule a free consultation with us today—and remember: You’re Smart. Get Bart.™