The injuries from a bus accident can change your life—whether temporarily or indefinitely. In either case, the medical expenses and lost income from days missed at work can present overwhelming financial challenges.
If you suffered injuries in a bus accident—whether the accident involved a transit, city, or school bus—you should not have to endure financial hardship on top of your physical and emotional injuries. A Colorado Springs bus accident lawyer can step in and pursue whoever caused your accident and make them pay for your losses.
Call Ben Crump, PLLC, today for a free consultation at (800) 921-7227.
Establishing Negligence in a Bus Accident
When a bus accident happens, it can result from several parties’ negligence, including the bus driver, their employer, a municipality, construction company, or bus part manufacturer, just to name a few.
Colorado law provides a legal avenue for the victim to recover their losses from the at-fault party whenever a person or entity behaves negligently and causes someone to suffer injury. This personal injury law requires that the plaintiff in such a case prove the following:
- Duty of Care: Someone owed you a duty to take reasonable care to keep you from harm.
- Breach of Duty: This individual or entity failed to fulfill their duty of care to you.
- Causation: This violation of duty caused an accident that caused you to suffer an injury.
- Damages: Because of this injury, you suffered physical, emotional, and financial losses.
A personal injury lawyer will know how to construct a case that satisfies all these criteria. They can begin the process by investigating your case and helping you establish liability in the accident.
For a free legal consultation with a bus accidents lawyer serving Colorado Springs, call 800-921-7227
Determining the Cause of Your Accident
More than 6,700 people suffered injuries in 67 bus accidents in 2018, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). Many variables factor into how and why a bus accident happens. Determining the cause of your accident constitutes the first step in your claiming the compensation you deserve.
Some causes for bus accidents include:
- Bus operator fatigue
- Rage/aggressive driving
- Speeding or driving at unsafe speeds
- Unruly bus passengers
- Driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
- Distracted driving
- Driver error
- Defective bus components
- Exceeding the number of hours set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
When your lawyer investigates your bus accident, they may be able to identify the party or parties at fault for your injuries. This makes the investigation a critical, initial step in handling your case.
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Identifying the Party Responsible for Your Injury
Our law firm has been representing accident victims for years. We understand that your case depends on the quality and quantity of evidence that supports your argument that the defendant’s negligence caused your injury.
When you hire us to represent you in your pursuit of awards, we can investigate every aspect of your accident. We will gather evidence by:
- Visiting the accident scene
- Collecting witness testimonies
- Studying the police accident report
- Reviewing bus maintenance records
- Analyzing bus driver hours and safety records
- Obtaining surveillance camera videos
- Gathering photos of the accident, your injuries (if available)
- Getting copies of the bus operator’s cell phone records
- Reviewing black box data from the bus
- Checking into the bus carrier’s safety records
Our lawyers can also work with accident reconstruction specialists who can lend their expertise to determining how your accident happened and who caused it. Call Ben Crump, PLLC, today to tell us about your accident. The sooner we begin working on your case, the sooner we can begin the investigation that can help you build a solid case for financial recovery. Call us today.
Identifying the Value of Your Case
You have suffered more losses from your injury than you realize. The repercussions for some injuries can extend well into your future, requiring multiple treatments, medications, and hospital stays—as well as more time missed from work.
We know all the aspects of your injury to explore regarding how it will cost you physically, financially, and emotionally. The damages that connect with your case depend on the severity of your injuries.
When we review your medical records and employer wage statements and talk to experts across various fields, if necessary, we can begin to calculate your damages. Some of the losses you could recover include:
- Doctor’s and surgeon’s bills
- Prescription medicines
- Physical therapy/rehabilitation
- Mobility devices
- Home modifications
- Lost wages
- Lost benefits
- Diminished future potential earnings
We can construct a list of damages that represent how your bus accident injury has hurt you.
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Statutes of Limitations in Colorado
Like other states, Colorado enforces a statute of limitations on personal injury cases. According to Colorado Revised Statutes §13-80-102, you generally have two years from the date of your injury in which to take legal action against a negligent party. Although this might seem like a long time to you now, you might find it moves much more quickly than you anticipated.
Once your case investigation is complete, we can present your demand letter to the defendant’s insurance company. We can handle all negotiations on your behalf, aiming to get you a fair settlement. Most personal injury cases end in a settlement agreement out of court. However, if the insurance company refuses to offer a fair settlement, we may need to file a lawsuit and fight for your compensation in civil court.
The longer you wait to begin the entire process of recovering your losses, the less time you give yourself and your lawyer to file a lawsuit within the state’s established timeframe. If your accident involves a municipality, you will have even earlier deadlines to meet, making it more important to start your case as soon as possible.
Discuss Your Case with a Colorado Springs Bus Accident Lawyer’s Office Today
You have been through enough. Do not add the stress of financial worries to the aftermath of your bus accident.
At Ben Crump, PLLC, we work on a contingency fee basis. This means we charge you legal fees only when and if we win you a settlement or award for you. We do not shy away from tough cases because we believe in fighting for our clients. You deserve financial recovery.
It all starts with a phone call. Contact Ben Crump Law, PLLC, today at (800) 921-7227 for a free case review.