Bel Air, Maryland Bus Accident Lawyer
Injury Victim Representation from Trusted Legal Pros
When you board a bus, you should be able to reasonably assume that the bus driver is respecting your safety and wellbeing. If the bus driver gets into a crash or causes one, then you can feel as if your trust was betrayed on top of any physical injuries that you suffer. Worse yet, the bus company’s insurer will probably try to make your life more difficult by denying the financial compensation you deserve.
Strong legal representation from a Bel Air, Maryland bus accident attorney from Portner & Shure, P.A. should be the first thing you seek after being in a bus crash. Our attorneys have been helping clients much like you for more than 25 years. Numerous professional awards have been given to us due to our work, too. In other words, we are the legal team in Bel Air that you can trust.
Why not call (855) 954-4141 right now to learn more about our services?
What You Need to Know About Bus Accidents
Buses are considered “common carriers” that are heavily regulated by municipal laws and federal rules. Bus operators are required to hold a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and undergo unique industry-related training, for example. Buses are also required to undergo routine maintenance that must be documented.
Despite these regulations, bus collisions often occur due to:
- Maintenance issues
- Unqualified drivers
- Driver fatigue
- Distracted driving
- Drunk bus drivers
Injuries in Bus Accidents
Most buses are not equipped with seatbelts as an intentional part of their design. Luggage can also fly all around the inside of a bus in a particularly violent bus crash. Both of these unusual factors of a bus accident can contribute to passengers suffering life-changing injuries.
Bus accident reports often note that passengers have suffered:
- Neck and back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head and brain injuries
- Bone fractures
- Muscle sprains
Severe injuries in a bus accident usually require emergency medical care. Follow-up care in the form of physical therapy will probably be required after being released from the hospital for initial treatments, too. With a serious injury like those often seen in a bus accident, it is not uncommon for a long list of medical treatments to become necessary, each with a heavy price tag.
Damages in a Bus Accident Claim
In your bus accident claim, you will probably need the most financial compensation for your medical bills. Even a stay of a few days in the hospital can max your healthcare coverage and risk the remaining costs coming out of your own pocket. Your bus accident attorney from Portner & Shure in Bel Air can explore all available insurance policies to maximize the potential of your recovery.
You will also be eligible to seek other types of damages that are associated with your bus accident injuries. For example, if you are missing work due to a hospital stay, then your claim can request those lost wages. Even your noneconomic damages related to your pain and suffering can be pursued through a claim. Noneconomic damages have the potential to be much greater than any economic damage because it is difficult to quantify emotional trauma and physical agony into a dollar value amount.
What the Opposition Might Try
Insurance companies are prone to denying bus accident claims because they know that the damages on the line will be sizeable. A denial will force you to file a lawsuit in court. You will need to prove that you were not the party that was primarily responsible or liable for your injuries, i.e. you have to show with convincing proof that you were less than 51% liable.
The opposing insurance company might try to use this situation to their advantage by arguing that you were contributorily negligent in the accident. Perhaps they will argue that you distracted the bus driver? Or they might try to say that you were moving while the bus was in motion, which caused you to suffer worse injuries than you would have had you been seated correctly. The bottom line is that they will probably try to find some way to blame you for your injuries and avoid paying you anything.
How a Bel Air Bus Accident Lawyer Can Help
Portner & Shure, P.A. in Bel Air is standing by to help you figure out what to do after being in a bus accident. You deserve compensation to pay for medical treatments and more, but you should not have to stress yourself out trying to get it. By letting us act on your behalf, you can get your claim moving in the right direction without robbing yourself of much-needed rest.
Schedule a free consultation with our bus accident attorneys by dialing (855) 954-4141.