If you have been in a bus accident, you could be in the hospital for days or weeks recovering from your injuries. You may also miss work or be unable to return to work at all. Therefore, it may be a good idea to consult with an attorney who can help you get the compensation that you are entitled to.
Proving Negligence in a Bus Accident Case
There are several elements that come into play when it comes to proving that the accident was caused by another party’s negligence. First, you must show that your injuries wouldn’t have occurred if it wasn’t for the actions of the bus driver or the presence of poor road conditions. Next, you must show that the person or entity that was responsible for your injuries had a duty to prevent them.
Finally, you must show that you suffered damages because of the other party’s negligence. In addition to showing that someone else was negligent for your injuries, it may be necessary to show that you didn’t do anything to contribute to the accident. For instance, you could be partially responsible for getting hit if you crossed an intersection that didn’t have a legal crosswalk.
Can Multiple Parties Be Responsible for Your Injuries?
It is possible that multiple parties can be held liable for your injuries in a bus accident case. Let’s say that the driver who hit you was impaired by drugs or alcohol or was speeding at the time of the collision. However, this does not absolve the manufacturer of the bus from its responsibility in causing the crash if the brakes on the bus didn’t work properly. It also wouldn’t absolve the state or local agency responsible for ensuring that there wasn’t ice or snow on the roads that also made it harder to slow down.
What Type of Compensation Can I Receive for My Injuries?
There are many different types of compensation that an individual may be entitled to if he or she is hurt in a bus accident. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills as well as for your lost wages if you had to miss work to seek treatment. It may also be possible to win compensation for lost future earnings if your injuries prevented you from going back to work.
Compensation may also be available to help you make renovations to your home to make it easier to live in after you have been hurt. This may include adding a chair lift to help you get up and down the stairs or adding a bathroom to the first floor of your home to ensure that you don’t need to go upstairs.
Punitive damages are possible on top of any actual damages that you may have incurred because of a bus accident. These damages are generally intended to send a message to government agencies and large corporations that these types of cases should be taken seriously. Such damages may be available through either a jury trial or through a negotiated settlement.
How Long Do I Have to Pursue My Case?
You generally have two years from the date of your accident to file legal action against the driver who hit you or the company that he or she was working for. If you plan on taking legal action against a government agency, you may have as little as six months from the accident to file a lawsuit. Therefore, it is generally a good idea to talk to an attorney as soon as possible after you know that you have been hurt in a bus accident.
No bus driver intends to be involved in an accident. However, if you have been hurt or otherwise suffered damages after a collision with a bus, you should take action now to protect and assert your legal rights. After seeking treatment from a doctor, your next step should be to talk with an attorney about how to proceed with your case.