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Need a Bus Accident Lawyer? Discover How Our Injury Lawyers Excel in Bus Accident Law and Injury Cases.

A school bus driver momentarily glances away from the road. An impatient municipal bus barrels through a red light. Suddenly, your routine drive home from work is shattered by the sound of breaking glass, squealing brakes, and twisted metal. You hear the wailing of police sirens as your consciousness starts to fade. Later you and your family are left to deal with the aftermath of a bus accident: temporary or permanent disability, lost wages, high medical bills, depleted savings, a long rehabilitation, and stressful legal negotiations. 

Our attorneys have represented hundreds of bus accident injury victims recovering from devastating losses. As a result, we have seen first-hand the intense physical, emotional, and financial devastation inflicted by bus accidents. We put faces to the statistics, and know the injured by name rather than case number. Because we understand the nature of your suffering, our goal is to simplify the convoluted, stressful legal challenges that stand in the way of your recovery. You deserve compensation for your pain, and it’s our job to ensure you receive it. Call Wettermark Keith at (877) 715-9300 for a free consultation with an expert bus accident lawyer.

What is Considered a Bus?

A bus is generally considered to be a large motor vehicle designed to carry multiple passengers. The specific characteristics that define a bus can vary, but typically they include:

Passenger Capacity: A bus is designed to transport more passengers than a standard private vehicle. It can range from a smaller minibus with a capacity of around 15 passengers to a full-sized bus that can accommodate 40 or more people.

Design and Configuration: A bus typically has a distinct layout featuring rows of seating, with some offering standing room as well. They often have multiple doors for passenger entry and exit.

Purpose: A bus can be used for various purposes, including public transportation (city buses), long-distance travel (coaches), school transportation (school buses), and private charters for group travel.

Size and Construction: A bus is larger than most other vehicles on the road, often characterized by their elongated shape and high ceilings. They are constructed to handle the demands of carrying multiple passengers safely.

Routes and Operations: Public transit buses usually operate on specific routes and have designated stops. Other types of buses, like school buses or charter buses, have more flexible routes based on specific transportation needs.

Overall, buses are integral to public and private transportation systems, offering an efficient way to move large numbers of people in urban, suburban, and rural areas.

How Do Bus Accidents Happen?

Our bus accident lawyers have seen countless individuals injured by…

Local and regional public transit buses

School and camp buses

Senior center and nursing home buses

Airport shuttles

Corporate and commercial buses, such as a greyhound bus

And more

Because a moment of negligence can derail a life, bus drivers have a responsibility to drive with caution and sense. Crash survivors face daunting physical, emotional and financial challenges requiring extensive professional support. Whether you were injured as a result of…

Driver Negligence - Momentary distractions or microsleep episodes often precipitate devastating crashes. Drivers also disregard safety regulations like hourly service limits or inspection procedures.

Company Negligence - Lack of driver oversight, inadequate maintenance routines, skipped safety upgrades, poor employee training and overloading a bus beyond weight restrictions or passenger capacities frequently cause catastrophic accidents.

Manufacturer Defects - A faulty design, ineffective restraint mechanism, or braking system defect regularly triggers severe accidents involving a bus and other commercial vehicles.

Government Negligence - Poor road maintenance, unsafe intersections, neglected traffic controls, stuck drawbridges and other deficient transportation department services contribute to accidents.

… you deserve justice. Contact our bus accident injury lawyers at (877) 715-9300 or through our website for a free consultation. We will assess your case and advise you on next steps.

What Injuries Are Caused by Bus Accidents

Bus accidents can result in a wide range of injuries, some of which can be life-altering or even fatal. It's crucial to be aware of the potential consequences and the need for legal action, including wrongful death claims, if you or a loved one has been affected. Common injuries and wrongful death cases our bus accident lawyers handle include:

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI): A bus accident can lead to severe head injuries, including traumatic brain injuries. TBIs can have long-lasting effects on cognitive and physical functions, requiring extensive medical care and rehabilitation.

Spinal Cord Paralysis: Injuries to the spinal cord can result in paralysis, impacting a person's mobility and independence. Such cases often necessitate lifelong medical care and accommodations.

Amputated Limbs: The force and impact of a bus accident can lead to traumatic amputations, causing profound changes in a person's life and the need for prosthetic limbs and ongoing medical care.

Severe Lacerations: A bus accident can cause deep and extensive lacerations, leading to severe bleeding and the risk of infection. Extensive scarring and the need for reconstructive surgery may result.

Internal Organ Damage: The violent nature of bus accidents can cause damage to internal organs, requiring surgery and ongoing medical treatment to address life-threatening conditions.

Fractured Bones: Broken bones are common in bus accidents and can range from simple fractures to complex breaks that require surgical intervention and prolonged rehabilitation.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): The emotional trauma of being involved in a bus accident can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder. This condition may require therapy and counseling to manage the psychological impact.

Wrongful Death: Tragically, some bus accidents result in the loss of life. In these cases, surviving family members have the right to pursue wrongful death claims to seek compensation for their loss, including funeral expenses, lost financial support, and emotional suffering.

These devastating injuries warrant strong legal representation - and our expert bus accident attorneys have both the resources and tenacity to go up against any legal adversary in your defense. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries or if you've lost a family member due to a bus accident, it's essential to consult with experienced legal professionals who can advocate for your rights and help you pursue the compensation you deserve.

Protecting Your Child’s Rights After a School Bus Accident

Caring for our children's safety is a fundamental concern for every parent. When a school bus accident occurs, it can bring forth unforeseen dangers and fears that no parent should have to face. We understand the deep worry and anxiety that parents experience in such situations. This section is dedicated to helping you navigate the complexities of a school bus accident involving your child, ensuring their rights are protected, and providing the support and guidance you need during this challenging time.

Immediate Steps to Take:

    Prioritize Medical Care: Your child's well-being is paramount. Ensure they receive immediate medical attention, even if injuries seem minor, as some may not be immediately apparent.

    Notify the School: Inform school authorities about the accident, ensuring they are aware of the situation and can follow their protocols.

    Your Role as a Parent:

    Gather Information: Collect accident details, including date, time, location, bus number, driver information, and any witnesses.

    Document Injuries: Take photographs of your child's injuries as soon as possible after the accident, as this can be crucial evidence.

    Maintain Records: Keep records of all medical treatments, doctor's visits, and expenses related to your child's injuries.

    Unique Considerations for Cases Involving Minors:

    Guardianship: In cases where the injured child is a minor, their legal guardian typically acts on their behalf in legal matters. As a parent or legal guardian, you have the authority to make decisions and pursue legal action on behalf of your child.

    Structured Settlements: Courts may require special procedures and approvals for settlements involving minors. These settlements may include structured payments that provide for your child's long-term needs.

    Court Approval: Some settlements involving minors require court approval to ensure they are in the child's best interest. Your attorney will guide you through this process and ensure compliance with the law.

    Statute of Limitations: The statute of limitations for minors injured in accidents can be different from that of adults. It's essential to consult with an attorney to understand the specific timeline for filing a claim on behalf of your child.

    At Wettermark Keith, our commitment to your child's well-being extends beyond the initial stages of a school bus accident case. Whether your child was injured on the bus, while crossing the road to the bus stop, or in any related circumstances, our experienced attorneys are dedicated to providing guidance, support, and advocacy throughout the legal process. Your child deserves the best possible care and representation, and we are here to ensure their rights are upheld, regardless of the complexity of the case.


    Our 3-Step Process

    Connect With Us:

    Call our office at (877) 715-9300 or use our online form to arrange a no-cost, no-obligation consultation with our legal team.

    We Assess Your Case

    In our initial review, our experienced team will analyze the details of your case and map out potential strategies. If you've experienced an injury due to negligence, we’ll assign one of our expert personal injury attorneys to handle your case.

    We Defend Your Rights

    As one of the Southeast’s top personal injury firms, Wettermark Keith is fully committed to advocating for your rightful compensation and recovery. If an injury has disrupted your life, let our dedicated attorneys seek justice on your behalf.

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    How Our Bus Accident Attorneys Help Your Case Succeed

    If you or a loved one has been involved in a bus accident, it's imperative to act swiftly. Waiting to secure legal representation could jeopardize your chances of obtaining the compensation you deserve. At Wettermark Keith, our experienced bus accident attorneys are here to help your case succeed by:

    Our dedicated team conducts a thorough investigation into the bus accident. We meticulously review maintenance logs, training procedures, traffic controls, sight-line obstacles, insurance policies, employee hours of service, and more. This comprehensive analysis allows us to identify the root causes and hold responsible parties accountable.

    Official police reports serve as the foundation for proving liability and duties breached. We work diligently to obtain these reports, including detailed information about the causes of the accident, parties involved, charges filed, and crash diagrams.

    Preservation of evidence is vital. Our attorneys will work with investigators to collect photographs of accident scenes, damaged property, and injuries. This visual documentation strengthens your case and supports your compensation claim.

    We leave no stone unturned when it comes to documenting your injuries. We obtain detailed medical evidence, including diagnoses, treatment plans, and prognosis timelines. This information is crucial for demonstrating the long-term impacts of your injuries during legal negotiations.

    Many survivors of bus accidents require various accessibility accommodations, such as accessible vans, wheelchairs, stair lifts, bed adjustments, mobility devices, home modifications, and in-home care. We carefully assess these factors to secure the compensation you need to make necessary lifestyle adjustments.

    Injuries from bus accidents can disrupt victims' education or employment, resulting in a substantial reduction in earning capacity over their remaining careers. Our experienced attorneys will fight tirelessly to ensure you receive compensation that replaces the income you would have maintained if the accident had never occurred.

    Insurance companies often deny, delay, or dispute valid claims for medical costs, lost wages, and accessibility accommodations. Rest assured, we will relentlessly negotiate on your behalf to protect your rights and interests.

    Catastrophic injuries cause immense physical anguish and emotional grief from permanent disability and reliance upon others for basic needs like bathing or using the bathroom. While quantifying your pain and suffering may be challenging, you deserve to receive compensation for the consequences of another driver’s negligence.

    If you or a loved one has suffered a bus accident injury, regardless of its severity or location, don't hesitate to reach out to our bus accident attorneys at (877) 715-9300 for a free consultation. Our experienced legal team is here to provide you with the support and guidance you need during this challenging time.

    Wettermark Keith: Get A Free Consultation With Our Bus Accident Lawyers Today

    Our bus accident lawyers understand the immense physical, emotional, and financial devastation inflicted by a catastrophic bus crash. Our experienced attorneys will advocate aggressively for your rights while providing compassionate legal counsel. We guarantee expert, respectful representation as we fight for compensation to cover your medical care, rehabilitation, accessible equipment, home modifications, and loss of wages. 

    Wettermark Keith, with offices located throughout Alabama, Tennessee, and Florida, has an excellent reputation as one of the most accomplished personal injury firms in the country. Our reach is not only regional but includes a diverse range of practice areas, including personal injury cases, auto wrecks, trucking wrecks, nursing home abuse, medical malpractice, on-the-job injuries, social security disability, and veterans’ disability claims, to name just a few. At Wettermark Keith, we believe in taking cases personally. Our purpose is to practice with care and compassion- to tell our clients’ stories and make their voices heard. We do this by building strong relationships based on constant communication and an unwavering dedication to truth and trust. You should never wonder what’s going on with your case. We will keep you in the loop and represent you as if you are family- because to us, you are.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    After a serious bus accident, it's crucial to take the following steps:

    1. Seek immediate medical attention, even if you don't feel hurt right away. Adrenaline can mask severe injuries that may worsen over time if left untreated.
    2. Document the scene with photos to preserve evidence.
    3. File a police report to establish an official record of the incident.
    4. Contact Wettermark Keith for help with your claim.

    Whether you were involved in a bus accident as a result of negligent driving or other circumstances, our attorneys are here to protect your rights and provide expert legal counsel.

    Your medical treatment and lost wages are typically covered by the insurance of the at-fault driver and the bus company through a settlement or verdict. An experienced bus lawyer will skillfully negotiate to ensure you receive full compensation for all your present and future medical bills, prescriptions, necessary equipment, and income losses.

    The value of your bus accident case can vary significantly and depends on various factors, including the severity of your injuries, the duration of your recovery, any necessary accessibility accommodations, and insurance policy limits. Experienced bus accident attorneys are skilled at maximizing compensation for medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering, taking into account the unique details of your case.

    It's important to note that while estimates typically fall within the range of $100,000 to $2 million or more, there is no precise way to determine the exact worth of your case until you consult with a bus accident lawyer. They will carefully assess the specific circumstances surrounding your situation and provide a more accurate evaluation.

    No, personal injury protection claims don’t raise premiums or risk policy cancellation like at-fault accident claims sometimes can. We handle negotiations outside of your own policy.

    Establishing liability in a bus accident case involves a detailed investigation into various contributing factors. Authorities such as law enforcement and insurance investigators consider elements like road conditions, driver behavior, mechanical failures, and adherence to traffic laws. Our skilled injury lawyers specialize in meticulously gathering and analyzing evidence to demonstrate negligence. We focus on constructing a robust case to ensure that responsibility is accurately assigned and that your rights are vigorously defended.

    No, there are no upfront costs to hire a bus accident lawyer. We offer free consultations and work on a contingency fee basis, meaning legal fees come from settlement amounts. No upfront costs or hourly rates necessary. We only get paid if we win - and you receive compensation.

    Time limits for filing a lawsuit after a bus accident, known as statutes of limitations, vary depending on the jurisdiction. Typically, you may have a limited period from the date of the accident to initiate legal action. However, the specific timeframe can change based on factors like the nature of the accident, whether a public entity is involved, and the type of injuries sustained. It's crucial to consult with a bus accident lawyer promptly to ensure you don't miss the deadline to file your claim. We can provide you with the exact timelines applicable to your case and guide you through the legal process to protect your rights effectively.

    If you've been involved in a bus accident and need legal assistance, it's essential to consult with a personal injury lawyer experienced in handling bus accidents. These dedicated attorneys specialize in representing clients who have suffered injuries in bus accidents. They have a deep understanding of the intricacies of such cases and can help you navigate the legal process to pursue your bus accident claim. Whether you were a passenger, pedestrian, or driver involved in a bus accident, a skilled personal injury lawyer with expertise in bus accidents is the right choice to protect your rights and advocate on your behalf.

    Bus drivers hold significant responsibilities to ensure the safety and comfort of their passengers. They must operate the bus safely, follow all traffic laws and regulations, and maintain the vehicle's mechanical integrity. Ensuring passenger safety is paramount, including the prevention of sudden stops and sharp turns. Every driver is responsible for safe boarding and disembarking, adhering to designated routes and schedules, and monitoring passengers' behavior and discipline, particularly on a school bus. After completing their routes, they ensure the secure parking of the bus and report any incidents or accidents promptly. 

    In emergencies, they should be trained to respond appropriately and assist passengers in evacuating the bus if necessary. Additionally, the bus driver must communicate effectively with passengers, assist individuals with disabilities, and maintain a professional and courteous demeanor.

    If your child was injured in a bus accident, the time frame within which you can file a claim can vary depending on your location and the specific circumstances of the accident. Generally, personal injury claims, including those involving minors, are subject to a statute of limitations. This statute sets a legal deadline for filing a lawsuit after the incident occurs. It's important to note that these statutes can vary significantly from one state to another, and even within states, there may be variations depending on the specific details of the case.

    For example, in Alabama, if the injured party is a minor, the time limit does not begin until the child turns 19 years old. However, in Tennessee, if the injured party is a minor, their parent or legal guardian has 1 year to file a claim on behalf of the minor. If the parent or legal guardian never files a claim for the minor, the minor can file a claim for pain and suffering when they turn 18 and would have to file the lawsuit by their 19th birthday.

    These examples highlight how different state laws and regulations can impact the time frame for filing a lawsuit after a bus accident involving a minor. It's crucial to consult with a qualified personal injury attorney in your specific jurisdiction to understand the statute of limitations that applies to your case and to ensure that you meet all the necessary legal requirements.

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