If you or a loved one was injured in an accident involving a city, school, or a private bus caused by another party’s negligence, you could be entitled to compensation. This could apply if:
- You were a passenger on the bus involved in an accident
- A bus hit your car, motorcycle, or truck
- A bus hit you while you were cycling or on foot
After the initial shock of the accident wears off, many people worry about how being unable to work during recovery will affect them financially. Injured parties often face significant medical bills and other unplanned expenses, adding further pressure to an already stressful situation.
Our bus accident lawyers in Worthington do everything we can to help you pursue the compensation you deserve at this difficult time. Here’s how:
We Determine Who Is Responsible for the Accident
Our team must discover exactly how the accident happened as quickly as possible in bus collisions. We can identify potentially liable parties and preserve vital evidence to prove your case by investigating what happened.
To determine liability, our lawyers typically consider the following parties to see if they are liable in your situation:
Bus Drivers and Other Motorists
Driver error causes many accidents. While many bus drivers are trained and experienced, the risk of making mistakes can increase if they are:
- Under the influence
- Driving recklessly
- Engaging in any other negligent behavior
The factors listed above are forms of driver negligence. As such, accidents caused by negligence qualify injured people to pursue compensation.
Bus Company Negligence
A bus company can be responsible for causing a collision if they do not perform the necessary maintenance, inspections, and checks. If a transport company does not keep its fleet in good repair, any resulting accidents could mean it is financially responsible for compensating anyone hurt.
If the transport company uses a third party to perform vehicle maintenance, they could also share accountability.
Defective Auto Parts
If auto part manufacturers produce faulty goods such as defective brakes or substandard tires on any vehicle, the design or manufacturing company could be potentially liable for any accidents caused.
Other potential causes of accidents involving buses can include poorly maintained roads or failing to drive defensively in poor weather. Whatever the cause of your accident, we work hard to discover who is responsible.
In some cases, multiple parties can share fault for an accident. While this provides several avenues to seek compensation from, it adds complexity to the legal process. Hiring a bus accident lawyer familiar with complex legal matters can be beneficial.
For a free legal consultation with a bus accident attorney in Worthington, call (614) 538-1116
We Help You Prove How Another Party’s Negligence Caused Your Injuries
Having determined who is responsible for causing the accident, we still need to prove their negligence caused your injuries. Our bus accident lawyers can help you gather the evidence necessary to support your Worthington injury case. This can include:
- Maintenance records
- Employee background checks
- Gaps in training
- Bus camera records
- Accident reconstruction reports
- Police reports
- Medical reports
- CCTV footage in the area, if it is available
Building a strong case takes time, and there is limited time to begin legal action per Ohio Revised Code Section 2305.10. This is a strict time frame for injured parties to file a lawsuit for compensation; they generally have two years from the accident date. Once elapsed, it is unlikely the courts will hear your case.
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We Review the Cost of Your Damages to Calculate Your Claim’s Worth
When collisions happen, passengers on a bus can suffer significant impact injuries if they are not wearing or do not have seatbelts available to use. Similarly, as a motorist, cyclist, or pedestrian, if a bus hits you, the consequences can be equally as devastating due to the vehicle’s size and weight.
There is no ‘average’ settlement amount in a personal injury bus accident claim. Hence, the worth of your claim largely depends on:
- The severity of your injuries
- Who is responsible for the accident
- The insurance coverage available
We review the cost of your damages by assessing your economic and non-economic expenses, taking into consideration current and future losses such as:
- Current and ongoing medical bills and rehabilitation costs
- Lost wages and compensation for any impact on your future earnings
- Pain and suffering, and inconvenience suffered due to your injuries
- Lost or damaged property
You deserve to be properly compensated, so you must understand the full extent of your injuries, including an accurate projection of future losses if your ability to work is affected due to the accident.
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We Help You Negotiate a Fair Settlement
Often, negotiating a fair settlement involves many conferring between all parties involved in the case. If we cannot reach a fair settlement with the insurance company, we draw on our firm’s 60+ years of combined courtroom experience to pursue the compensation you deserve at trial.
Keep in mind, insurance companies rarely open negotiations with their best offer, and once you agree to a settlement, you cannot pursue any further compensation. However, we can protect your rights and offer you advice about accepting or rejecting offers submitted by the insurers.
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We Provide Our Legal Services With a No-Fee Guarantee
At Bressman Law, we support our clients by providing our legal services on a contingency-fee basis. This means there are no hidden or upfront costs for you to pay as we finance the cost of building and prosecuting your case. Our fees are then paid from any subsequent settlement or verdict we obtain on your behalf.
We Manage Every Aspect of Your Case so You Can Focus on Your Recovery
Our team is dedicated to providing comprehensive support and guidance for your Worthington vehicle accident injury claim. Our bus accident attorneys always take the time to build a positive rapport with everyone we represent. As such, we are proud of what our clients say about us and the compensation we have obtained on their behalf.
We are here to help you, too. To learn more about your legal options, contact the team at Bressman Law for your free consultation today by calling (877) 538-1116.