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Different Types of Bus Accident Liability Claims

Bus Accident Attorney Indianapolis

Most motor vehicle accidents have straightforward liability. For example, when two privately owned cars collide in an intersection, the driver who entered against the lights will be liable for the damages they caused to the other driver. When an accident involves other types of vehicles, such as a bus, issues such as liability may quickly become more complicated.

There are several different types of bus accident liability claims, that may depend on the circumstances of the accident and the division of responsibility among involved parties.

Third-Party Liability Claims

If you were a passenger on a bus and the accident was caused by the driver of another vehicle, their insurance carrier may be responsible for the damages they caused. To protect your rights ensure compensation for your injuries, medical treatment, economic loss, and property damage, you may need to file a third-party liability claim.

Bus Driver Responsibility

If the bus driver was at fault or a defect of the bus itself caused the accident, claims may be made against multiple parties, such as the driver, their employer, the owner of the bus, the maintenance provider, and/or the government agencies responsible for inspection and licensing.

The potentially liable parties may be determined by bus ownership. In the rare circumstance that the bus driver personally owned the bus and did not work for another company, their insurance may be responsible for covering the damages associated with the accident. However, bus drivers do not often own the vehicle they drive. In those cases, who may be responsible for covering the damages associated with the accident?

Government Ownership

When the government owns the bus involved in an accident, as is the case with school buses and many buses used for public transportation, an injured passenger should begin by filing a “notice of claim” with the government. This requires describing the extent of injuries and the compensation being asked. The notice of claim details the extent of losses in terms of medical expenses, lost time at work, and pain and suffering. In many cases, working with an experienced lawyer is the best way to navigate this potentially complex process.

Bus Company Ownership

If the bus was owned by a private company, as may be the case with tour buses, school buses, and some public transportation buses, an accident victim will need to file their claim with the bus company because the company’s insurance carrier may be responsible for paying for damages. Working with a lawyer can be the best way to ensure your claim is comprehensive and accurate.

Legal Help After Your Bus Accident

If you have been involved in a bus accident, you may need a lawyer to help you navigate the claims process and help you get the compensation you’re due for your damages. Speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer at The Law Office of William W. Hurst and learn if we may be able to help. Contact us today at (317) 636-0808 or online for a free consultation.

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Our Fees

It cost $0 up front to hire our office. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you only pay us if we settle your case or obtain a verdict on your behalf.

If we’re unable to obtain a settlement of verdict for you we eat the costs we’ve advanced to litigate your case, which includes costs for ordering medical records, filing your case, hiring experts, deposing witnesses, and many other things.

If we do settle your case or obtain a verdict for you our standard rate is 33% of the settlement or verdict, plus reimbursement for the expense we’ve previously advanced. Our fee never increases like some personal injury attorneys, even if we have to take your case to trial.

Case Worth

As a victim, establishing damages, negotiating with the insurance company, or filing a lawsuit can be daunting and next to impossible without the assistance of an experienced lawyer. As a result, if you have been hurt in an accident, it is important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible to help you recover the compensation to which you are entitled under Indiana law.

Why Hire?

Choosing an attorney that has experience dealing with personal injury law is important to protect your legal rights. If you are trying to recover damages from a business or other type of organization, you can bet that they are going to have a legal team on their side.

Medical Bills

If you were injured by an accident you may be struggling to determine who is responsible for paying your medical bills and holding them accountable. Speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer at The Law Office of William W. Hurst and learn if we may be able to help.

Recovery

After you have been injured, you are entitled to compensation. The type and amount of compensation depends on the injury, bills, the cause of the injury, negligence/bad faith of the defendant, etc. The attorney you retain can also heavy influence your recovery through knowledge, experience, and dedication. Legal terms and phrases can be confusing even after you retain an attorney. If you have been injured, you may wonder how much your case is worth or what your “damages” are. The worse the injuries, the higher the value of the case and the greater need for an experienced attorney