If you are the victim in an accident with a bus as a bus passenger, a car driver, or a pedestrian, you might be entitled to compensation for your damages and injuries. This process can be complicated and daunting on your own. Let our team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC help you handle your bus accident case. We can gather evidence, communicate with insurance companies, and help you build a case.
When you have been involved in a bus accident, your ability to receive a settlement depends on whether a Miami Gardens bus accident lawyer can prove negligence. Bus accidents often involve several parties and the process of proving negligence can be difficult. Our dedicated team of professionals can fight to hold responsible parties accountable and ensure that you receive what you are entitled to. Contact us today for a complimentary consultation at (844) 638-1822.
Your Insurance May Not Cover All Expenses
Florida is a no-fault state which means that you will likely submit an injury claim to your personal insurance carrier first. However, injuries and damages from bus accidents can often be more serious than those sustained in a car accident. Damages from a bus accident can easily exceed your personal injury protection (PIP) insurance policy.
If you or your loved one suffered serious injuries, your expenses and medical bills can quickly become astronomical. You may wish to file a personal injury lawsuit against the bus company. Unfortunately, a bus company and its legal team and insurance companies typically fight hard to avoid any settlements in a plaintiff’s favor.
It may be intimidating to take on a bus company but you do not have to deal with this on your own. A Miami Gardens bus accident lawyer at Ben Crump Law, PLLC can help you build a case. We can answer your questions and explain your legal options.
For a free legal consultation with a lawyer serving Miami Gardens, call 800-959-1444
Establishing Negligence Can Be Challenging
There are frequently many parties involved in a bus accident. More than one party may be negligent. Here is a brief overview of who could be negligent in a bus accident case:
- The bus driver: A bus driver can be negligent in many different ways. They might be driving distractedly by using their phone or interacting with passengers. Drugs, alcohol, or prescription medicines can intoxicate a driver and play a role in an accident. A driver might be speeding or failing to adjust their driving to road and/or weather conditions.
- The bus company: Bus companies can also be liable, either directly or vicariously. They might not maintain their vehicles to a good standard. A company could also be negligent for hiring unsafe drivers, or for inadequate training of drivers. A bus company can be vicariously liable for any actions its drivers take within the scope of their employment.
- A subcontractor of the bus company: A third-party company, such as a subcontractor who services and repairs buses, can be negligent.
- The bus manufacturer: A manufacturer can be negligent for using defective parts when building the vehicle.
- Third-party driver: Another road user, or several, may be negligent. They might have been driving dangerously, forcing the bus off the road, or failing to yield to the bus.
These are just a few examples of negligence that a Miami Gardens bus accident attorney can spot in your case. Bus accidents can be complicated and there may be one or several parties that can be negligent for various reasons. This is why it is important to have someone by your side who can help establish negligence and advise you. You do not need to worry about any out-of-pocket expenses when you decide to work with us. We work on contingency and recover our fees when you recover compensation. Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC today to discuss your bus accident case: (844) 638-1822.
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Awards You May Be Able to Recover After a Bus Accident
Being involved in a bus accident can be traumatic. A bus accident can also be extremely costly with expensive medical bills and lost wages. Bus accidents often differ from car accidents. The larger size and weight of a bus alone, compared to a car, can cause significantly more damage to vehicles and persons.
Injuries can be much more severe, whether for passengers on the bus, or those in a car. Bus passengers usually do not wear seat belts. This contributed to 45 incapacitating injuries in passengers who were in a bus crash, according to Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ 2018 crash facts report. You or your loved one might even be standing in the aisle of the bus at the time of the accident, suffering considerable injuries as a result.
Recovering Compensation from Your PIP Coverage
A PIP insurance policy typically only covers 80% of medical expenses and 60% of lost wages or income, per Florida Statute § 627.736. Depending on your personal insurance plan, there might also be a deductible. The additional expenses can be considerable and ongoing. A Miami Gardens bus accident lawyer can help you protect yourself and file a personal injury lawsuit.
Recovering Compensation from a Claim or Lawsuit
A settlement after a bus accident can include:
- Medical bills, including bills for future treatments.
- Transportation costs for attending doctors’ and hospital appointments.
- Loss of wages, including loss of potential earnings.
- Material costs to repair or replace a damaged vehicle.
- Damages for mental suffering and anguish as a result of the accident.
You might also be able to recover wrongful death expenses, including lost financial support, funeral, and pre-death medical care expenses, if you lost a family member in the bus accident.
This is just a selection of damages you may be able to recover. There may be others, depending on your unique case.
A Miami Gardens Bus Accident Lawyer Can Help You
Be aware that Florida Statute § 95.11 sets the limitations for filing a bus accident lawsuit is generally four years from the date of the accident. You may not be able to recover any awards in court if four years have passed from the date of your accident.
Also consider that with the passing of months or years, you might find it more challenging to gather evidence or speak to witnesses. Witnesses move away, documents are lost over the years, and sometimes companies permanently close. The sooner you act, the more time you will have available to build your case and defend your rights.
We can help to gather the documents, evidence, and witnesses you need for a personal injury claim or lawsuit. There is no risk as we do not charge an attorney’s fee unless we win your case. Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC now for your free consultation: (844) 638-1822.