Being involved in a bus crash can cause lifelong debilitating injuries. The Texas Bus Accident Guide was created by San Antonio personal injury attorney Robert Rush to help injured residents obtain the maximum payout for their claim.
If you have been badly injured in a bus accident, you may be feeling worried about how you are going to handle the legal side of this situation. You probably need to get better so that you can return to work and be able to provide for you family again, but you might want compensation for this terrible event in your life. Our San Antonio bus accident lawyers can help.
Dealing with Bus Companies
Serious bus accidents can result in catastrophic injuries and fatalities to the victims. Bus companies are required to take a heightened standard of care to ensure the safety of passengers as well as pedestrians and drivers of other vehicles. At Rush & Gransee, L.C., we have experience in the investigation of bus accidents to ensure that our clients recover maximum compensation.
If you or someone you love has suffered an injury in a bus accident, you may be entitled to significant compensation for medical expenses, wage loss, pain and suffering, and long-term care needs. Contact a San Antonio bus accident attorney for an immediate consultation or case evaluation.
Litigation involving bus accidents can be complex, especially where accidents result in multiple victims or wrongful death. Our motor vehicle wreck attorneys are experienced in handling claims involving numerous accident victims and can effectively pursue your claim to ensure you recover the financial compensation you deserve.
Bus Accidents in South Texas
Bus accidents can result in serious injury or wrongful death for victims. Many bus accidents occur on public transportation or private mass transit buses, school buses, Greyhound buses, or tour buses. Our attorneys are experienced in the investigation of bus accidents and can identify the cause of the accident to pursue claims against all liable parties. An accident may be the result of failed equipment or an improperly licensed driver. Bus companies are held to a heightened standard of care to ensure the safety of passengers. If you or someone whom you love was injured in a bus accident, we can aggressively assert your right to maximize compensation in a claim against a negligent driver, carrier, or manufacturer.
Frequently Asked Questions | Texas Bus Accident Guide
Why Do I Need an Attorney?
After a bus accident, if you’ve been injured, the first thing you need to do is get an experienced lawyer working for you. How do you know who that person is? Look at different law firms. Interview law firms and lawyers. Look at their track record. Look at the experience they have. Make sure they understand the laws that apply to busing companies, the laws that apply to city buses, and the laws that apply to your claim for damages. You need experience on your side.
What Should I Do After a Bus Crash?
If you’ve been involved in a bus accident here in Texas, the first thing you need to do is call the police. The second thing you need to do is get medical attention. You need to make sure that the right people are doing their job. The police officer can come and write up a report and make sure that the bus company is held responsible. You need to get medical attention, whether that’s through EMS or having a family member take you to the emergency room. You need to let the doctor see you so you can know what’s going on. You need to act quickly to protect yourself.
Are Bus Accident Claims Different?
If you’ve been injured because of a bus, there are federal statutes state statutes, and regulations that apply. Buses are commercial vehicles; they’re big vehicles. They cause serious injuries. They need to be handled differently than just your run-of-the-mill car wreck. At our firm, our experience is put to work on these complicated cases to make sure that you recover for the devastating injuries you’ve suffered.
Should I Talk to Insurance Companies?
After a bus accident, you’re probably going to receive a phone call from an insurance company, or from somebody representing the bus company, or city, if it’s a city bus. The first thing they’re going to want to do is talk to you and ask you questions that make it sound like it was your fault, not theirs. Those questions don’t have any good answers and they know it. They’re trained to ask you questions that make it seem like it was your fault. We tell people all the time, don’t talk to them. If they want to talk to you, have a lawyer sitting next to you; they’ve got lawyers sitting next to them too. Make it an even playing field.
How Do I Get Accident Compensation?
Here in Texas, if you’re hurt in a bus accident, you’re entitled to a full recovery for all your damages. If it’s a city bus, there are some limitations to the amounts you can receive, but we will maximize every bit of that. If it’s a commercial bus line, you’re entitled to the full value of your compensation including your medical bills, how it affects you at work, how it affects your future, and how it affects your family. You’re entitled to full and fair compensation for every element of damages.
What Should I Do If I Was Injured on a Bus?
If you’ve been injured in a bus accident here in Texas, you need to take some quick action. There are two types of bus accidents. One is a commercial bus, like a Greyhound or a Trailways. The other is a city bus system.
They have different laws that apply to you differently. If you’ve been injured and it was a city bus, you need to act quickly. There are some limitations as short as 90 days, and if you don’t send in the proper notice, your case is over. If your case is against a commercial bus line, that’s treated like any other case. You would still need to get out there and look at things as quickly as possible, but you do have two years to do so.
Who is Liable in a Bus Accident?
If you’ve been injured in a bus accident, you are allowed to bring a case against the driver of that bus and their employer. You’re entitled to bring a case against whoever owns that bus and operates it. If you’re hit by a city bus, your claim is limited against the city, but you still have rights; you just need to act a lot quicker on those rights.
Should I Take the First Settlement Offer?
Here in Texas, after a bus accident, one of the things that frequently happens is if it’s a city bus, somebody from the city’s office will call. If it’s a commercial bus line, somebody from that company will call and they will try to make a quick offer to you. Why are they doing that? Because they want you to sign on the dotted line and have your claim end. They’re not looking to give you full compensation. They’re not looking to protect you. All they’re doing is looking to protect themselves. If you accept a first offer and you cash that check, your case is over and there’s nothing an attorney can do for you.
How Long Will My Case Take?
Bus accident cases in Texas, because of the very nature of involving commercial entities or municipalities sometimes take a little longer, but the important part of it is they don’t take longer than they need to. When you look for an attorney to represent you, you need the experience of someone who knows how to push the claim, who knows how to not let them delay, because it’s your life that’s in the balance. You’re the one with the bills. You’re the one with an uncertain future, so we move these cases along for you.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
If you’ve been injured in a bus accident, you need to take quick action. If it was a city bus, there are Texas laws that protect cities and that protect governments. Some of them say if you don’t put a notice in 90 days, your case is over; some are 180 days. It’s not two years like people typically hear for your run-of-the-mill car wreck case. Bus crash cases are different.
Do Buses Have Insurance?
Buses are commercial vehicles and they require insurance that is regulated. Just like you and I have to have at least a minimum insurance policy to drive our car, they have to have insurance as well. Because they can do devastating damage, their insurance limits are a lot higher. Not always enough, but at least more than the average person driving a car down the road.
How Do You Determine the Value of a Bus Accident Claim?
The value of your case is the value of what the bus has done to you. That means the medical bills that that careless person made you pay. That means the time from work that you’re not getting a paycheck. That means how your life is now changed and it’s going to be changed for a long time. The value of your case is the full and fair compensation for every element of damages. An experienced team will know how to get it for you.
Can I Sue the School for a School Bus Injury Claim?
We have a lot of school districts and many school buses. If your child was injured in a school bus accident, you have rights. School districts are treated just like cities, or the state government.
They have special protections, so you have to act quickly in that instance. You have to send them proper notice. Depending on where the school district is – rural versus city – there are different things that can apply, but you have to act very quickly. If your child is injured in a school bus accident here in Texas, you can recover for all the harm that your child suffers.
What Are the Steps in a School Bus Accident Claim?
If you’ve been injured in a bus accident, the first thing you need is an experienced San Antonio bus accident lawyer on your side. Bus accidents can be complicated. Bus accidents aren’t just simple car wrecks. You need a legal team that knows how to investigate, that knows how to uncover the facts – what caused it, why it happened, how it could’ve been prevented – then you can move forward with presenting your claim.
Will My Bus Accident Case Go to Trial?
After bus accidents, or any kind of accident, one of the things that people worry about most is, am I going to have to go to trial? Statistically, about 1% of all cases go to trial. Are you going to be that 1 versus the 99? The only way that you’re in control of that decision is if you have an experienced trial team behind you. From day one, everything we do is as if your case is going to be that one that goes to trial. Every expert we hire, every pleading we file, everything we do is to prepare for that trial. When you’re prepared, they see it and they know it, and that’s how you hold them accountable. You may be going to trial, but probably not, if you’re prepared.
Our Bus Accident Lawyers Are Here to Help
If you are left seriously injured after a bus accident, please don’t hesitate to call our office to speak with one of our experienced San Antonio bus accident lawyers. We are here to help you in this difficult legal situation and take the burden of this case off you so that you can focus on healing.