Four Tips to Help Your Bus Accident Case
If you or a loved one has been involved in a city or school bus accident, seek legal counsel immediately.
Bus accidents are complicated with insurance companies, bus companies, governmental agencies, and other drivers or pedestrians often involved.
It’s important to understand your rights and have an experienced bus accident attorney represent you so that you get the compensation you deserve.
- One Bus Accident, Many Causes. Immediately following a bus accident, it may seem a lot like a car accident with people exchanging information and calling insurance companies. While that is good to do, it’s important to understand this is bigger than a car accident. Often there are multiple causes, vehicles, pedestrians, or bus passengers all in the same accident. You have the right to compensation for injuries and damages whether you were a driver of a vehicle hit by a bus, a pedestrian, a bus rider, or the bus driver. It takes an experienced bus accident lawyer to sort through all of the witness accounts, police reports, and accident reports, to understand the complete picture of what happened.
- Time is of the essence. School bus or city bus accidents are often managed by governmental agencies. When this is the case, you need to follow statutory rules when it comes to filing a claim. Most require notification of claim prior to filing while others have special paperwork and deadlines. Hiring The Silkman Law Firm as your bus accident lawyer can be the difference between making a claim or losing out on compensation.
- Responsible Party for Your Bus Accident – When you get in a city or school bus accident, the case is complex due to a complicated chain of responsibility. The bus operator (driver) needs to show they were acting responsibly and not drunk or on illegal drugs or on their phone at the time of the accident. The owner of the bus (company, school, or city) has a responsibility to keep the buses in good working order. Everyone involved in the accident is responsible for a portion of what happened. When you hire The Silkman Law Firm, you know you’re hiring a team that can sort out the details of your bus accident and get you properly compensated.
- Insurance – In addition to dealing with the owner of the bus, governmental agencies, other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians, there are insurance companies. Bus companies and governmental agencies have big insurance companies with adjustors swarming practically at the point of impact. They will want you to agree to a fast and low monetary settlement. Before you settle or sign waivers, contact us immediately!