Any car accident can be dangerous, but a collision involving a large vehicle like a bus can do even more damage than the typical motor vehicle accident. If you or a loved one have suffered injuries in an accident with a bus, you may be eligible to pursue compensation. A Los Angeles bus accident lawyer from Greenberg Gross, LLP can help you.
Types of Clients We Help in Bus Accident Cases
It does not matter how you suffered injuries in an accident involving a bus. If you believe you have suffered those injuries due to the negligence or actions of someone else, you may be able to pursue a personal injury case. We have experience helping all kinds of clients in these situations. We are ready to assist you if you were:
- A pedestrian harmed by a bus or another vehicle involved in the crash
- A driver or passenger in another vehicle
- A cyclist
- A passenger on the bus
If you are ready to fight for fair compensation, we are ready to fight for you.
What You Should Do After a Bus Accident
If you have suffered injuries in a bus accident, you need to act to protect yourself and your interests. You should:
Receive Medical Care
First, you should get the medical care that you need. Then keep track of your bills and expenses. When you pursue compensation, you will want to have this kind of paperwork handy so that you can secure a fair settlement offer that helps cover your healthcare costs following the accident.
Avoid Making Statements
Do not talk to insurance companies or other involved parties and their representatives about the accident. You do not want to make any statements that could imply that you are at fault. That could affect your ability to pursue damages later.
Keep Witness Contact Information
If there were witnesses to your accident, like a passenger in your car, make sure that you have some easy way to contact them. If you pursue damages, your lawyer can talk to them and use their testimony to help make your case.
Get an Estimate for Car Repairs
If you were driving a car that was damaged in the bus accident and it is still safe to drive, bring it to your local body shop. Get an estimate about how much it will cost to repair and keep a paper copy. That can help you make the case for property damages later.
Pursuing Damages After a Los Angeles Bus Accident
If you decide to pursue damages after a bus accident, they are broken down broadly into two different categories.
Economic damages are mostly designed to reimburse you for the actual costs stemming from your accident. These damages can help reimburse you for the cost of:
- Hospital stays
- Doctor visits
- Prescription medications
- Car repairs or replacement
- Lost wages and missed paychecks
If you have future medical costs to worry about or a loss of earning potential due to lasting injuries, those can also be considered when economic damages are awarded.
These can help reimburse you for the emotional distress that you have experienced as a result of your accident. Noneconomic damages can help make up for:
- Diminished quality of life
- Emotional anguish and stress
- Disfigurement or disability
- Any other past and future pain and suffering
This has been a harrowing experience for you and your family, so a fair compensation offer needs to consider the emotional and psychological toll of the accident as well as the financial one.
How a Los Angeles Bus Accident Lawyer Can Help You
A Los Angeles bus accident attorney can do many things to help you with your case. Your lawyer will:
Handle All Communications for You
You do not have to talk to other lawyers or the other involved parties in your case. Your attorney can communicate on your behalf and update you on any progress as it occurs.
Gather Evidence Needed to Make Your Case
Your attorney will gather any evidence needed to make your case. If there is surveillance footage of the accident, we will secure it. If there are eyewitnesses to talk to, we will speak to them. If there is evidence that the driver of another vehicle was speeding, driving while under the influence, or engaging in other negligent behaviors, we will find it.
Field Settlement Offers
Your lawyer can field settlement offers and calculate what level of compensation would be fair. If a settlement offer is inadequate, your lawyer will help you fight for a better offer.
Hold All Liable Parties Accountable
Multiple people may have caused your accident. A driver of a heavy vehicle like a bus needs to be responsible, keeping in mind the additional weight of their vehicle and its increased stopping distance. A bus driver who acts negligently should be held accountable.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) also has rules about how the owners of buses inspect their vehicles and keep records. A company that does not keep its buses running as safely as possible could also be held accountable.
Defend You Against Accusations
Other parties involved in your accident may try to blame you for what happened. Your lawyer will defend you and make a case that shows how you were the one who was wronged here.
Prepare You for Testimony
You might be nervous if you have to testify on your own behalf at a deposition or in court. Your attorney can help you prepare to tell your side of the story.
The Statute of Limitations
It is also important to remember that you do not have unlimited time to begin pursuing a personal injury case. Per CCP § 335.1, you have to act within two years of your accident.
Get Your Free Case Consultation Today
If you want to learn more about how a bus accident lawyer serving Los Angeles can assist you, get a free consultation from our law firm today. A case evaluation from Greenberg Gross, LLP can help you learn more about how you can pursue compensation and hold all negligent parties accountable. Contact our Los Angeles office today.