In the event that you’ve been injured in an accident at a bus stop or bus shelter, you will likely have a lot of questions and concerns flying around in your head. This includes everything from your physical health to who may be to blame for the accident. In situations like these, there are usually more questions than there are answers initially, which can make things very stressful. Luckily, there is one source who will have the knowledge and resources to alleviate many of those fears and anxieties: an experienced bus stop accident attorney.
Before we talk more about the various reasons why retaining an attorney may help your case, it’s important to note that Van Law Firm has helped countless bus accident victims over the years. Our elite legal team has decades of combined experience as well as the resources to handle any case, up to and including trial. Call our office nearest you now to learn more.
Determining Fault for Your Bus Stop Accident
Determining the party who is liable for your damages may sound simple, but make no mistake–bus stop accidents and other bus-related incidents are notoriously difficult when it comes to determining the party at fault because there are more “moving parts” involved than standard auto accidents. This is meant both literally and figuratively, as buses usually have more than one interest or owner, in addition to an immense amount of mechanical parts that increase the risk of failure.
There are numerous parties who may be responsible for any given bus stop accident, including but not limited to:
- The actual bus driver, in the case of traffic violations or driving under the influence.
- The transit company or owner of the bus, if they are found to be negligent in their hiring practices, driver expectations, or maintenance upkeep.
- The mechanic or company responsible for the bus’s maintenance, if the accident was caused by mechanical failure.
- Municipalities can also be found liable if an accident was by external factors such as road hazards and improperly designed bus stops and bus lanes. This is much more rare, but still possible.
- Other drivers on the road may also be found liable if they somehow caused the accident in question. Most bus incidents are chain reactions, and sometimes the cause is not related to the bus itself.
Proving Your Case and Recovering Compensation
The other main reason for retaining a bus accident attorney is that they handle the meat of the case, which involves successfully arguing on your behalf and recovering your compensation, either through a settlement or by court-awarded damages.
As you can imagine, there is no standard method to successfully argue a bus stop accident case, but experienced attorneys know how to recreate the scene of the accident as best as possible. This typically involves the preservation of important evidence such as surveillance and dashcam footage, photos and witness reports, and the police report of the accident. In addition, attorneys are also very good at utilizing expert witnesses for special cases such as bus accidents. After all, the vast majority of us have no idea about things like proper bus maintenance, architecture, and street layout, so anytime an expert supports your case, it is very influential.
The task of recovering compensation is very tricky and requires good negotiation and organizational skills. Before an attorney can argue for your damages, they must first tally them, which is very laborious. Expense reports have to be air-tight, and all of the various forms of compensation must be accounted for, including medical costs, lost wages, property damages, and non-economic damages such as pain and suffering. If nothing else will convince you to retain an attorney, just consider this: on average, those who try to handle their own case will recover less than a third of what their case is actually worth.
Contact Experienced Bus Accident Attorneys Today
When you need help recovering compensation for injuries that arose from a bus stop accident or other bus-related incidents, don’t wait any longer–simply call the trusted team of bus stop accident attorneys from Van Law Firm as soon as possible. We’ve been defending the rights of accident victims all over the U.S. for nearly ten years now, and we’re just hitting our stride. Call our office nearest you to get started with a free consultation and case evaluation.