Denver Bus Accidents Lawyer
If you’re involved in a bus accident, you may be dealing with challenges for years to come. Debilitating injuries, ongoing medical bills, and lost wages all threaten your quality of life. When someone else is responsible for what you’re going through, you need a lawyer that cares.
An experienced bus accident attorney will investigate your claim, determine the value of your case, and provide you with skilled legal support as you recover. While reaching out to a lawyer following a serious accident may seem like another complication, the team at The Bourassa Law Group strives to make the process of fighting for justice as intuitive as possible.
Our lawyers know that when you reach out to us, you’re going through a challenging chapter of your life. We are here to make sure that you receive the support, information, and compensation that you deserve. For a free consultation with a member of our team, call us at (303) 331-6186.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
Known legally as “common carriers,” bus drivers have a higher duty of care than other vehicle operators. If a bus driver lacks adequate training, works while fatigued works while intoxicated, or operates an improperly loaded bus, they may be responsible for your injuries.
Like truck accident cases, determining fault in bus accidents often requires the close investigative attention of a lawyer. The following details often complicate the legalities surrounding bus accidents:
- The likelihood of multiple parties sharing fault for the accident
- A large number of passengers involved, all of whom may be injured and some of whom can be held partially responsible for the accident, in some cases
- The complete lack of adequate safety features on buses, contributing to the likelihood of serious injuries
- The complexity of insurance coverage and policy, which may be different depending on the owner and operator of the bus and the number of passengers
- The involvement of the government in bus accident cases
Don’t attempt to navigate the complexities of your case without the guidance, knowledge, and experience of a successful injury lawyer.
Why Choose Us?
At The Bourassa Law Group, we have handled bus accidents for years in several states. Our attorneys are well-versed in bus insurance policies, liability law, and cases sent to the government for review. We know the bus accident litigation incredibly well.
From the moment we consult with you to the moment we secure the compensation you need, we are committed to your needs. Our attorneys handle personal injury claims and have offices in the following states and cities:
- Beverly Hills
- Denver, Colorado
- Las Vegas
- Scottsdale, Arizona
With a vast amount of resources and attorneys across the South and Southwest with which to serve you and win your case, our firm is renowned for the scope and strength of our practice. We apply our investigative abilities with our compassionate dedication to make sure you have representation that will fight for your rights in the aftermath of a harrowing accident.
We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning that you don’t pay anything until we secure you maximum compensation for your injuries. Once The Bourassa Law Group wins you the settlement you need to heal, we take a percentage of the compensation that won’t take away from your ability to recover lost wages, pay your medical bills, and get back on your feet.
Bus Accident Cases We Handle
In 2016, a local news station in Colorado found that on average during the school year, two school buses crash each day. Like other commercial trucks, the size and weight of these vehicles can make it difficult to slow, brake, or turn without colliding with pedestrians or passenger vehicles.
The following could increase the likelihood of bus accidents:
- Inclement weather
- Negligent Driving
- Poor Driver Training
- Reckless or Aggressive Driving
Since buses are more challenging to maneuver than smaller vehicles, accidents often leave victims with debilitating injuries, lengthy recoveries, ongoing medical bills, and lost wages. Bus accident victims may suffer from the following:
- Broken bones
- Internal injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries (SCI)
- Wrongful death
What makes bus accidents even more hazardous is the lack of safety devices in place for passengers. Few buses have seat belts or airbags so that these accidents can cause massive amounts of injury for dozens of passengers.
Frequently Asked Questions
Our team knows that when you’re hurt, you need answers. The team at The Bourassa Law Group is ready to help. Read over some frequently asked questions and reach out to us for a free case evaluation at (303) 331-6186.
Who Is Responsible For My Injuries?
A large number of people on a bus can also complicate liability. Several parties may be held responsible for the accident, including the driver, passenger vehicles, pedestrians or bikers, and bus passengers. When several of these parties could be liable, and multiple people sustain injuries in the crash, you need a lawyer to help you determine what will be your best course of legal action.
Because of the complicated nature of potential accidents, and because of the high risk involved in transporting many passengers, bus operators carry higher insurance than other drivers. As a result, your lawyer may be able to seek greater compensation to account for the severity of your injuries.
How Does Bus Insurance Impact My Claim?
Insurance remains one of the most complicating factors of bus accidents. Because of their high duty of care, bus drivers are required to have insurance policies that account for the potential of serious accidents, though policies differ per driver and bus company.
Some insurance policies cover ever passenger up to a limit, and others allow injured persons to draw from a limited pool of coverage. In either case, if you’ve sustained severe injuries, it can be challenging to obtain the damages you need when you’re forced to share a settlement with other passengers or can only seek a set amount of compensation.
What if a Public Bus is Involved?
Many public buses are operated by government entities, which can complicate the legalities of your injury claim. Accidents in school and city buses may be just as dangerous as a privately-owned bus collision, but the aftermath of their accidents follow entirely different procedures.
If the accident concerned a government vehicle, any claims must be at least initially filed with the government. The claimant must supply the government with personal information, a formal intent to seek compensation, a full account of the accident, including causes, and finally a description of injuries.
If the government accepts all aspects of the claim, it will work with the injured party to settle the case through adequate compensation. In the case that the government rejects the claim, you will then have to follow a normal course of personal injury action by taking the claim to court.
What Do I Do After a Bus Accident?
We have handled many bus accident cases for clients that can attest to our dedication. Take the following steps following a bus accident:
- Seek Medical Attention – First, If you were involved in a bus accident, you must seek medical attention as soon as possible. Some injuries do not manifest immediately, so even if you feel fine shortly after the accident, visit a hospital or doctor to make sure that you did not sustain internal injuries.
- Document the Scene – If you are safe and able, take photos of the crash from multiple angles to document the scene of the accident and the property damage.
- Speak to Witnesses- If you can stay at the scene of the accident, speak with people at the scene if possible, whether they be fellow passengers, drivers of other vehicles, pedestrians, or bikers who witnessed the crash. Witness contact information and statements could later strengthen your case.
- Keep an Injury Journal – As you cope with your injuries, document how you are healing and how your injuries impact your daily life. Documentation creates a helpful record for your attorneys and the at-fault party’s insurer.
- Call a Lawyer – Securing qualified representation is the most important thing you can do after an accident, especially in government-involved cases where the statute of limitations is shorter.
The statute of limitations for accidents involving government-associated vehicles is usually shorter than the standard three years allotted to other cars. In some states, the statute is as short as six months. It’s vital to seek the help of an attorney as soon as possible after the accident.
Contact Us Today
If you or a loved one has been hurt or killed by the negligent acts of another, let us fight for your rights. At The Bourassa Law Group, we are ready to assign your case to a skilled lawyer who will treat you with the compassion you need and your case with the aggressive, informed legal strategy it deserves. Our legal services are free until we win you compensation. If you were injured, you lose nothing by calling us at (303) 331-6186 to schedule a free consultation today.
Frequently asked questions
The legal definition of a personal injury is when someone’s failure to use reasonable care in a particular situation results in another person’s physical, emotional, or psychological injury. Personal injury cases often rely on the elements of negligence to prove the responsible party’s actions were the cause of the other party’s injuries.
The length of a personal injury case depends on the type of case and various factors, such as the severity of the injury sustained and the duration of necessary treatment. A car accident case might take six months to resolve, while a wrongful death lawsuit could take two years. It all depends on the circumstances surrounding the case.
No. Whether you got hurt in a car accident or on someone else’s property, you should never speak with their liability insurance company about the claim. They try to save money whenever possible and could attempt to trick you into accepting a low settlement amount or intimidate you into dropping the case. Your Denver personal injury lawyer will handle all communication on your behalf.
It depends. A vast majority of personal injury cases settle out of court. When we file a claim with the insurance company, we’ll submit evidence that proves you deserve compensation for your injuries. Sometimes the insurer is willing to settle. Other times, they deny the claim or provide a settlement much lower than you deserve. Under those circumstances, we will file a lawsuit and take the case to court.
Mediation is a step during a lawsuit where both sides meet to try to reach an agreement. The mediator listens to the arguments on both the plaintiff’s and the defendant’s sides and attempts to resolve the issue. If they can reach an agreement, they will settle out of court, and the case will get dismissed. If they can’t resolve the matter, the case will proceed to trial.