Bus Accident Lawyers Serving All of Georgia
Bus accidents are incredibly scary, and they often result in multiple victims suffering serious injuries. Nobody plans on experiencing injuries from a bus accident, but sadly, these injuries do happen. One minute you are commuting to work, or going to pick up your children, and in the next moment, you are in an ambulance due to serious injuries caused by a bus accident. Recovering from bus accident injuries can be incredibly painful and difficult, especially if your injuries are catastrophic.
Contact Our Bus Accident Injury Attorneys Today
A good bus accident lawyer is the only person who will be completely on your side after your bus accident. At Rice McGowan, our lawyers have extensive experience helping clients recover full financial compensation for all of the damages and costs related to their bus accident injuries. We will thoroughly investigate your bus accident and help you prove that you are entitled to compensation. Contact our bus accident law firm as soon as possible to schedule your initial consultation.
Common Causes of Bus Accidents
Buses transfer people from place to place. In doing so, bus drivers owe their passengers as well as other drivers and pedestrians a reasonable duty of care. They must operate their buses in a way that does not cause harm to other people. When they fail to do so, the results of bus accidents can be catastrophic. Bus drivers do not have the benefit of seat belts like those in passenger vehicles. As a result, the injuries caused by bus accidents are often catastrophic. The following are some common causes of bus accidents:
- Improper vehicle maintenance
- Negligent hiring
- Failure to observe traffic signals
- Distracted driving
- Inadequate training of bus drivers
- Driver fatigue
- Failure to properly and regularly inspect the bus
- Defective bus equipment
- Negligent hiring of bus drivers who are not adequately trained
Can I Sue the Government After a Bus Accident?
Every day, over 400,000 people ride Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) buses or trains. Unfortunately, MARTA bus accidents do happen on a somewhat regular basis. Common causes of MARTA bus accidents include distracted driving, drunk driving, faulty equipment, dangerous road conditions, as well as driver’s negligence.
When a MARTA bus accident was caused by negligence, victims of the bus accident may be able to recover compensation through a personal injury lawsuit with the help of a car accident lawyer. Unfortunately, the claims process for accidents caused by negligent MARTA bus operators is complex and difficult. If you or your loved one were injured in a MARTA bus accident, it is essential that you contact an experienced lawyer as soon as possible.
Bringing a Lawsuit After a Bus Accident
The type of lawsuit you can bring depends on the facts of your case. Suppose a driver collided with a city bus. In that case, you might seek compensation through the at-fault driver’s insurance company or by bringing a lawsuit against him or her. When a government agency is at fault, you will need to bring a suit against them.
If your bus driver’s negligence caused the accident, you might be able to bring a claim against the city. What if the city failed to maintain their buses reasonably? If they failed to conduct regular maintenance of the buses and to inspect for damage or other issues, and their negligence caused your accident, you may have a valid claim against them.
At Rice McGowan, we will evaluate your case and help you determine the best course of action for seeking compensation for injuries caused by a city bus accident. As mentioned above, it is more difficult to bring a lawsuit against a government entity. At Rice McGowan, our lawyers have an in-depth understanding of how to file a lawsuit against a government agency. We know how to obtain “permission” to sue a government agency and then seek to recover damages against them. Delaying speaking to a lawyer is not wise. If you wait too long, you could lose your right to sue.
School Bus Accident Lawyers
Some of the most tragic accidents involving buses are school bus accidents. If your child has suffered an injury in a school bus accident, you should report it to the bus aide or bus driver as soon as possible. If the bus driver’s negligence or recklessness caused the school bus accident, you might have a right to bring a lawsuit against the government or the school district responsible for transporting your child.
What Types of Compensation Can a Bus Accident Victim Recover?
There are many different ways that a bus accident can happen due to negligence. When a negligent or reckless driver causes the bus accident that results in your injuries, you have a right to bring a personal injury lawsuit. Victims of another person or company’s negligence have a right to recover non-economic and economic compensation.
At Rice McGowan, we can help you evaluate your case and add up all of the different economic losses you have suffered. Successful personal injury plaintiffs may recover all of the following types of compensation:
- Lost past and future income
- Medical expenses, including physical therapy costs, surgeries, and hospital stays
- Property damage caused by the bus accident
- Damages for pain and suffering caused by the accident
- Punitive damages in cases in which the defendant acted egregiously
Contact Our Experienced Bus Accident Lawyers Today
If you or your loved one have suffered injuries caused by a bus accident, you need a lawyer as soon as possible. You may be entitled to substantial compensation. Schedule your free consultation with one of the personal injury lawyers at Rice McGowan today to learn how to advocate for your right to compensation.