People use the metaphor of being hit by a bus to mean they’ve experienced a sudden and rough circumstance. They’re nothing compared to actually being in a bus accident. Triumph Law knows how bad the consequences of these wrecks can be to bus passengers and other vehicles.
If you need help to pay for your medical care after a bus accident, our personal injury lawyers in El Dorado Hills will fight to get you owed compensation. You should not have to pay for the reckless actions of other people. Our Eld Dorado Hills bus accident attorneys can hold them accountable and get you paid.
Recoverable Damages After a Bus Accident
When you’re involved in an accident, you can claim compensation for your damages. An insurance policy may pay for much of it, but you may need to file a personal injury lawsuit to cover all of your damages.
Our El Dorado Hills bus accident lawyers can help you get compensation for damages like:
- All out-of-pocket medical expenses
- Anticipated future medical costs
- Property damage
- Lost wages you couldn’t earn while you were recovering
- Pain and suffering
- And more
An insurer may come to you with a settlement offer after your accident, but it may be a trap. Take it to one of our lawyers first so we can see if it’s a fair settlement. You cannot get more money once you settle your claim, so make sure you’re getting what you deserve!
Determining Fault in a Bus Accident
Buses are common carriers in California, so if you’re a passenger and the bus driver causes a crash, then they’re responsible for your personal injury or property damage. This responsibility may also extend to their employer or a public entity (e.g. a school district).
However, there can be other causes too. Another driver may have been more responsible, or a road hazard may have been too dangerous for a bus and caused a crash. Our attorneys can determine who holds responsibility so we can file claims and lawsuits with the right parties.
Even if you have partial responsibility for an accident, California’s laws still let you claim damages. Your percentage of fault will reduce your compensation by that percentage, but you can still collect as long as you’re not 100% at fault.
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Make Your Case Stronger by Doing These Things
Even if you’re an injured passenger in a bus crash, there are some things you can do to strengthen your case and potentially make it more lucrative. We must have proof that someone else’s careless behavior caused the accident and documentation of your damages to win. Therefore, these things will help your case:
Photographic and Video Evidence
If you were able to take photos or videos of the accident scene, the damage to the vehicles, and your injuries at the time of the crash, you’ll have a sound foundation for your case. The insurance company will have a tougher time denying your injuries and property damage, and you may capture something that proves fault.
Speak to the Police Before Leaving the Scene
While this isn’t always possible, speaking to the police before leaving the scene will let you add your perspective to what happened and a timestamp of your injuries. If you are taken to the hospital because of your injuries, the police may contact you for a statement.
The accident report is an official record that can prove fault. For instance, if the officers cited a driver for violating a road rule, we can use that to show negligent action. Crash reports also document names, injuries, and much more.
Go to the Doctor as Soon as Possible
Even if you feel fine after your accident, see a doctor as soon as possible. The insurance companies will try to deny or downplay your injuries. Seeing a doctor within 24 hours of your accident will cut through many of their arguments.
When you see the doctor, tell them you’ve been in an accident so you can get proper testing. Follow the plan of care they give you, and get a copy of your medical records for your lawyer. It’s not just good for your case, it’s also good for your health.
Speak with an El Dorado Hills Bus Accident Lawyer
Finally, you need to hire a lawyer to help you investigate what happened and fight for compensation. You need one with experience in bus crashes and a track record of successful results and positive client feedback. In short, you need someone from Triumph Law.
We know how to investigate and litigate bus accident cases. Our lawyers work on contingency, so we only get paid if you get paid. That gives us the incentive to work as hard as possible to get you the most money possible.
California only allows a two-year gap between an accident and suing, so we encourage you to speak with us as soon as you can after your accident. That gives us time to investigate and negotiate with the insurers before we’re forced to sue.
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I Was a Bus Driver Injured in a Crash. What Are My Rights?
If you were driving a bus, odds are that you were on duty for your employer. If you were injured, you will need to tell them about your accident as soon as possible to start the workers’ compensation process. You may also have cause to sue the other driver if they were the ones who crashed into you.
Triumph Law can help you with your workers’ compensation claim and any third-party claims or lawsuits you can make. Learn your legal options by contacting us as soon as you can after your accident.
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You should not have to shoulder the financial burden when you’ve been in a bus accident that wasn’t your fault. Let our El Dorado Hills bus accident lawyers defend your rights and guide you through the personal injury process so you can get the most money from your claim.
We offer complimentary consultations to evaluate your case and explain your legal alternatives. To get started, reach out to Triumph Law at the number on your screen or use our online contact form to send us an email.
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