Were you recently in a bus accident in California? Now, you have medical bills to pay. In addition, you may have missed substantial time from work, and the insurance company isn’t offering you the compensation you need.
A California bus accident lawyer from Greenberg Gross has the knowledge and training to negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf and, if necessary, take your case to court.
You Have Options Following a Bus Accident in California
Bus drivers must obey the laws of the road. If they broke any laws and caused an accident that led to your injuries, whether as a motorist, bystander, bicyclist, or passenger, that’s likely negligence.
So, what can you do if you suffer a personal injury due to negligence in California? You have two options. First, you can file a claim with the insurance company. You have the right to accept a settlement offer from the insurance company; however, their initial offer will likely be low and won’t cover all your losses.
Second, you can file a personal injury lawsuit with the courts, which could result in more compensation but will take longer to pursue. Your attorney will explain these options to you in more detail.
We Can Help You Seek Compensation for Your Bus Accident Injuries
We understand that this time in your life is frustrating and stressful. You’re worried about your health and finances while navigating the complex insurance and legal systems.
The good news is that you don’t have to do this all by yourself. A California bus accident attorney from our law firm will pursue compensation on your behalf and build your case should it be necessary to go to court.
We will seek several types of recoverable damages on your behalf.
- Medical expenses
- Lost income and benefits
- Child care
- Cost of household services
- Future medical costs
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Emotional distress
- Loss of companionship
Wrongful Death Damages
Losing a loved one in any accident is heartbreaking. We offer our sincerest condolences if you have lost a loved one. While we cannot replace your loved one, we can help you seek justice and compensation for wrongful death damages that will cover medical expenses, lost income, and funeral costs.
There is no cap on any of the above damages you can seek in California, and our firm has recovered substantial settlements for our clients.
Who Is Liable for a Bus Accident?
The question of liability is crucial in bus accident cases. The answer will determine who is responsible for the accident and who pays the damages. California is an at-fault state, which means whoever is at fault is liable for the damages.
It’s possible that multiple parties could be at fault. Therefore, our investigation of your bus accident will assign at-fault percentages that will affect the value of your claim.
For example, if the bus driver is responsible for the accident due to negligence, the driver and possibly the bus company are liable. However, if the bus company failed to replace the faulty brakes that prevented the driver from stopping at an intersection, the company could be solely responsible.
Municipal Bus Companies Make Pursuing Awards Trickier
What if the bus is part of the public transit system operated by the government? Or maybe it was a school bus run by a public school district? In these cases, you must follow specific rules when filing a municipal liability claim against a government body. For example, you have six months from the date of your injury to notify the defendant (the government body) of the claim.
What Our California Bus Accident Lawyers Can Do For You
We offer several benefits when representing you:
- We listen to you: We hear your side of the story because we advocate for victims. We are professional and compassionate and will treat you with dignity and respect—like a member of our own families.
- We investigate the accident: We gather every piece of evidence available to us to strengthen your case, including photographs, video footage, witness accounts, medical records, and police reports.
- We calculate the value of your claim: We want you to receive the compensation you need and deserve. However, the value of your claim will depend on several factors, including your medical expenses, lost income and benefits, property damage, and the emotional toll the accident has had on your life.
- We negotiate with the insurance companies: We deal with insurance adjusters to reach a fair settlement. In addition, insurance companies have their lawyers. Having a lawyer of your own evens the playing field.
- We represent you in court: We are a firm of trial lawyers who know how to fight for you. Thus, we will prepare your case for trial if necessary and advocate for you before a judge and jury.
Most importantly, our firm’s California bus accident attorneys will always provide updates on your case, so you’ll remain in the loop even as you focus on healing.
You Have a Limited Time to Act on Your Bus Accident Case
We wish you had all the time in the world to take legal action. However, the statute of limitations in California only gives you two years to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit to recover compensation.
Furthermore, keep in mind that GOV § 911.2 requires you to file a municipal liability claim within six months from the day of your injury.
You will lose your right to file a lawsuit to seek compensation if these deadlines pass, so act immediately to build your case.
Schedule a Free Consultation About Your Bus Accident Case Today
Greenberg Gross proudly represents personal injury victims. We will work to help you understand your options and explain your legal rights. We offer free consultations, and you don’t pay us unless we win your case.
Our firm is here to be on your side every step of the way. If you suffered injuries in a bus accident, contact a California bus accident attorney from our firm today.