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Mausner Graham Bus Accident Law Firm in Miami, Florida

Bus Accident Law firms in the U.S. offer an essential service to the American public. In the U.S., over 700 million people use buses every year. Because of the size of buses as well as the safety issues that come with these large vehicles, it’s imperative to have a trusted lawyer that works with personal injury cases (including bus accident law) on call.

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Why Do I Need a Bus Accident Lawyer?

The number of bus crashes in Florida is staggering, amounting to almost a half-million accidents in 2017 alone. Various state and federal regulations govern the safety and operations of these large vehicles.

Because bus accidents are so different from accidents involving ordinary vehicles, the injuries sustained can be devastating. Many buses don’t come equipped with seat belts, and most often, there are multiple parties involved in bus accidents. All these elements make representing a bus accident much more complicated, which means that you need to have an expert bus accident lawyer on your side to ensure that your rights are protected, and your well-being is the priority.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a bus accident through the negligent actions of a driver or other party, your case should be represented by an experienced lawyer like Mausner Graham Injury Law, P.A. to ensure a fair outcome.

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Who is Liable for Injuries Caused in a Bus Accident?

In Florida law, anyone who contributes to a bus accident taking place can be liable for the resulting damages and injuries.

The parties to a bus accident may include bus drivers, bus companies, and employers, other road users (including other drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians), government agencies, and manufacturers of defective equipment or vehicles.

If you’ve been in a bus accident, you deserve to know the cause of the accident, and who needs to take responsibility so you can get compensation for loss and injuries sustained in the accident.

How does Mausner Graham Injury Law PLLC Help Clients with Bus Accidents?

When hiring Mausner Graham Injury Law PLLC, you will have the assurance that your case is being handled by a team of dedicated practitioners who understand personal injury law. Our team takes every case seriously and will do everything that is needed to ensure a fair outcome in your case.

If you have suffered losses and damages, our team will do everything in our power to ensure you are fairly compensated for medical bills, loss of income as well as pain and suffering.

From expert witnesses who can testify on the smallest details of your case, to extensive research on each aspect of your case, our team will not rest until they’ve given you the best legal representation possible.

Our clients can be assured that they will have attorneys on their side to fight for compensation for a variety of injuries, from soft tissue injuries to life-threatening brain injuries and spinal cord damage. Your suffering matters to us.

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Bus Accident Lawyer’s Advice on What to do After an Accident:

The direct aftermath of an accident can be fear-inducing, stressful, and chaotic. Print this list of simple directions on what you need to do after an accident, and carry it with you:

  • Call 911 and file an accident report with the police,

  • Seek medical attention even if you don’t think you’ve been seriously injured,

  • If possible, take down the details of any witnesses or parties to the accident,

  • Record the scene of the accident and any details in the area (photographs are critical),

  • Do not admit fault or make a statement to any insurance companies before seeking legal advice, and

  • Contact your trusted legal advisor immediately.

Causes of Bus Accidents

The causes of bus accidents are typically similar to those responsible for car accidents. Driver distraction, the use of alcohol and speed all figure prominently in bus accident cases, as in other road incidents. There are also several external causes that can cause an accident without the driver being at fault. Most bus accidents are caused by one or more of the following:

  • Driver distraction or negligence

  • Busy roads with minimal room to maneuver

  • Bad road conditions

  • Obstacles in the road, such as those caused by roadworks or construction

  • Vehicle and equipment defects

  • Weight distribution problems that make the vehicle unstable
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Losses you may be able to recover after a bus accident

If you have been involved in a bus accident as a passenger or as a not-at-fault third party, you could potentially claim a variety of damages, including medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, damage to property, lost earning capacity, and wrongful death.

What Factors Can Affect Your Bus Accident Settlement

When claiming injuries suffered as a result of a bus accident, the main requirement is to prove that the bus driver is guilty of negligence. City buses are classed as “common carriers,” i.e. vehicles that offer transport services to the public. Common carriers have to meet high standards of safety and duty of care. Should they fall short of any of these standards, the driver/ and or operators are guilty of negligence. The plaintiff needs to present strong proof to this effect.

The negligence that led to the accident could be the fault of the driver, but it could also be that of the bus company itself. Examples of driver negligence include reckless driving, use of alcohol, or texting or making phone calls while driving. Company negligence may manifest as forcing the driver to work longer shifts than hours-of-service regulations allow, failing to provide proper training, failing to maintain vehicles properly, or failure to vet drivers thoroughly before employing them.

Another factor to consider is the possibility of notice of claim restrictions. For most personal injury cases, the statute of limitations is generally two years. With bus accidents, plaintiffs have a far shorter period in which to file a claim – usually within 45 days after the accident.

Finally, you need to remember that there may be a limit on the damages you can claim. Especially in cases where there are several claimants involved in a single accident, there will be limits to the damages all plaintiffs can claim, which means you should file as quickly as possible.

How Long Does a Bus Accident Settlement Take

There are many factors at play in a bus accident case, which means it is difficult to predict, with any certainty, how long it will take to reach a settlement. The factors that affect the duration of the case include:

  • The number of claimants: If you are the only injured party, your case should conclude relatively quickly. A case with multiple injured parties will take longer to resolve.

  • The cause of the accident: Proving negligence and establishing liability can be a challenge in bus accident cases. There will need to be an investigation, called a “discovery,” in which your lawyer will have to scrutinize the accident and all the factors surrounding it to determine what actually caused your injuries. Depending on the complexity of the case, the combination of factors involved, and the readiness of other parties to cooperate, this can sometimes be difficult and time-consuming.

  • The severity of your injuries: The more severe your injuries, the longer they will generally take to diagnose and treat – and the longer your lawyers will need to calculate the value of your losses and damages.

  • Whether or not your case goes to trial: Most bus accident cases are settled without trial. However, if your case should have to go to court, this will increase the amount of time it takes to reach a settlement.

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The Dangers of Buses to Passengers and Other Motorists

The size and mass of a bus, together with the fact that passengers are not restrained, means that these vehicles are capable of inflicting severe injury – even death – as well as massive damage to property. Bikers, as well as motorists, not to mention pedestrians and cyclists, are unlikely to survive if they are involved in accidents with buses. As for passengers, the impact of a collision can cause them to be thrown from the bus and experience extremely severe injuries. The types of injuries that can result from bus accidents include:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal injuries
  • Paralysis

  • Burns

  • Fractures

  • Scarring and disfigurement

  • Torn ligaments and tendons

Types of Passenger Bus Accidents

There are several different types of bus accidents, and their effects will vary widely depending on the types and numbers of vehicles and/or individuals involved. They include:

  • Bus-car crashes
  • Bus-bus crashes
  • Bus-motorcycle crashes

  • Bus-pedestrian accidents
  • And more
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Bus Accident FAQs

Since buses are common carriers, the companies that operate them have a legal responsibility to ensure that the members of the public in and around their vehicles are safe at all times. If you are involved in a bus accident, your main protection is the fact that these companies have this duty of care. If they were negligent in carrying out their operations at the time of the accident, you are entitled to demand compensation from them.

All kinds of accidents can occur due to bus accidents, ranging from mild to deadly. They include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal injuries
  • Severed limbs
  • Lacerations
  • Internal bleeding
  • Burns
  • Broken bones
  • Whiplash

It is very important that you take great care before engaging in direct discussions with the bus company. In fact, it is better to refrain from doing so and ask them to speak to your lawyer instead. It is possible that the company might be trying to get you to waive or reduce their liability or offer you a settlement that is less than you are entitled to. Let your legal team address them instead.

Depending on the exact causes of your accident, you may be entitled to sue the driver or the bus company itself – or perhaps both. It will depend on the outcome of the discovery process your lawyer will conduct after taking your case. It is possible that the driver may be found to be solely responsible for the accident. On the other hand, the bus company may be liable for the driver’s negligence, and/or any mechanical failures that may have led to the crash. The answer will depend on the specifics of your case.

After a bus accident, the damages you could potentially claim include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of past, present and/or future income
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Damage to property

If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a bus accident, you should contact MAUSNER GRAHAM INJURY LAW PLLC immediately at 305-344-HURT (4878). Our consultations are free of charge and there are no legal fees payable unless we recover for you.

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