If you suffered injuries in a bus accident due to no fault of your own, you may face mounting medical bills, car repairs, and other accident-related expenses. We do not believe that you should suffer financially for someone’s reckless or negligent behavior.
Bus drivers must take reasonable measures to protect the safety and security of their passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcycle riders, and other motorists on the road.
If you or a loved one recently suffered injuries in a bus accident in Miami Beach, we want to help. Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC for a free case evaluation to see if you qualify for compensation. Call 800-921-7227 to reach us.
Bus Laws and Regulations
Regulations and restrictions apply to any vehicle that meets the definition of a commercial motor vehicle according to 49 CFR §390.5.
We handle many types of bus accidents, including those that involve:
- Public transportation (buses run by a city or municipality).
- Interstate and intrastate buses.
- Private buses, such as charter buses and motor coaches.
- School buses.
- Church buses.
Whether you sustained injuries while riding as a passenger on the bus or as a motorist involved in an accident with a bus, you may qualify for compensation from a liable party.
For a free legal consultation with a bus accidents lawyer serving Miami Beach, call 800-921-7227
Why Bus Accidents Occur
Bus drivers must undergo extensive training to pass the necessary tests for a commercial bus license that consists of a written exam, road test, and medical exam, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Most bus companies perform regular drug testing to make sure their drivers do not drive under the influence of alcohol or other substances.
Even with these strict safety standards, bus accidents happen. Some reasons bus accident occur include:
- Distracted driving (including texting, eating, or drinking).
- Drowsy driving if the driver has not observed proper hours of service regulations between shifts.
- Drunk driving.
- Reckless driving.
- Driving too fast for road conditions, traffic, and weather.
You may seek awards for losses if you sustained injuries in a bus accident or if you lost a loved one as a result of bus accident injuries.
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Severe Injuries May Result from an Accident With a Bus
Bus accidents may cause extensive and even life-threatening injuries due to their size and weight compared to regular passenger vehicles. An empty transit bus can weigh more than 10,001 pounds, according to the FMCSA. By comparison, a passenger car on the larger side still only weighs about 3,596 pounds, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The NHTSA also reported that weight reduction in passenger cars increased the risk of fatal collisions.
Injuries following a bus accident may include:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI).
- Neck or spine injury that may lead to paralysis.
- Fractured, broken, or crushed bones.
- Deep lacerations.
- Burns or abrasions.
- Internal bleeding that may lead to organ damage or loss.
These types of injuries may require surgery, hospitalization, and outpatient care. In some situations, a bus accident victim can no longer earn a living and needs constant medical care.
A lawyer with Ben Crump Law, PLLC may help you recover the compensation you need for damages such as medical bills, domestic help, lost pay, and more. For a free case evaluation, call 800-921-7227.
Who Bears Liability for Your Injuries and Losses?
No two bus accidents happen the same way. A driver who violated federal safety laws by driving too many hours without a break may cause an accident. Others may result from a mechanical error or a defective part.
Investigators will determine the cause of the accident that injured you or your loved one, which may help prove liability and negligence in your case. A bus accident lawyer may examine the circumstances, timeline, and involved parties to determine negligence.
Proving negligence in a bus accident depends on the following elements:
- Establish that the driver owed a duty of care to obey traffic laws and avoid the accident if reasonably possible.
- Show how the driver breached this duty of care (by driving drowsy or speeding, for example) and caused your injuries.
- Prove that you suffered losses (such as medical bills, pain and suffering, and other losses) because of your injuries.
In some bus accidents, more than one party shares liability. A lawyer with Ben Crump Law, PLLC may identify all liable parties and seek compensation on your behalf.
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Types of Compensation for Which You May Qualify
Your specific awards will depend on the severity of your injuries, the timeline of recovery from your injury: for the future, and your expenses related to the accident.
In our experience, bus accident victims seek compensation for:
- Medical expenses, including ambulance services, emergency care, hospital stays, specialists, prescription medicine, and other medical care.
- Lost pay during the time you are recuperating from injuries.
- Property damage including temporary transportation.
- Pain and suffering.
If you have extensive injuries, you may also seek compensation for:
- Disability-related expenses, including lost earning potential.
- Lifecare expenses.
- Mental anguish.
- Loss of consortium, companionship, protection, or guidance.
Our bus accident lawyers serving Miami Beach aim for you to suffer no further loss as a result of the accident.
Why You Should Consult a Bus Accident Lawyer
Florida has a statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits of four years from the date of the accident. Since many lawsuits begin as insurance claims, you should give yourself enough time to explore all your options.
If you lost a loved one in a bus accident, you have two years to file a wrongful death lawsuit from the date of your loved one’s passing.
Call a Bus Accident Lawyer Serving Miami Beach
If you suffered injuries in a bus accident caused by someone’s negligence, our lawyers may work to recover compensation on your behalf on a contingency basis. You pay nothing upfront and no out-of-pocket fees.
Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC at 800-921-7227 for a free case evaluation.