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While they are often touted as one of the safest methods of transportation, bus accidents can cause serious, even fatal, injuries. Between 2005 and 2009, an average of 63,000 buses nationwide were involved in an accident, injuring 14,000 people and killing 325.
Like car accidents, bus accidents may result from driver negligence, including driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, excessive speed, texting or otherwise driving while distracted or falling asleep at the wheel. Or it could be caused by a malfunction due to a failure to properly maintain the bus. In these cases, you would be able to recover damages from your injury based on the negligence of the bus driver and/or the bus company.
Bus accidents can also be caused by factors outside the bus driver’s control, such as reckless driving by other motorists, weather or even a tire blowout. In cases where the driver is not at fault, you would not be entitled to compensation due to his lack of negligence. However, if the bus accident was caused by the actions of another driver, you may be entitled to compensation from the driver who caused the accident.
If the bus did not have seat belts installed, you may also be able to recover if you can prove that the injuries you sustained would have been less severe had the bus been equipped with seat belts.
Fighting for Maximum Compensation
Choose The Law Office of Silva & Silva as Your Bus Accident Attorney
It’s easy to make mistakes in your interactions with the bus company or insurance company that could limit your compensation. For example, sometimes people don’t visit the doctor quickly enough, which makes it difficult to prove their injuries came from the bus accident. Once the insurance company has leverage over you, they will be even more likely to provide a lowball settlement offer.
Unfortunately, if you accept a settlement offer that turns out to be inadequate to your needs, there’s nothing more than can be done. So it is very important to know the value of your claim ahead of time and only accept a fair settlement offer. You can count on our experienced bus accident attorneys to help you do this.
We have a wealth of knowledge and experience that we put to use to recover maximum compensation for your injuries. This allows our clients to focus on their physical and emotional recovery, rather than worry about how they are going to pay the costly medical bills associated with their injuries.
Call us today at (909)798-1500 for a free consultation and to see how we can help you.
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Silva & Silva Attorney's at Law
205 E. State St. Redlands CA 92373