If you suffered injuries in a bus accident in Texas, you have the right to pursue compensation correctly holding the liable party financially responsible. However, it is often difficult to identify the liable party. You might have to fight a local school system, a municipal agency, or even a large corporation to try and recover money for your expenses and losses. A bus accident lawyer in Cypress, TX, might be able to help.
The attorneys from D. Miller & Associates, PLLC, will evaluate your case for free. We will help you identify all potentially liable parties and start your case. We are not afraid to take on any private individual, corporation, or government agency. We will collect evidence and guide you through your claim.
Call us today at 713-850-8600 for a free consultation with an attorney .
Damages Available in a Successful Cypress Bus Accident Case
The damages we may help you recover in this type of case vary based on a number of factors, including:
- The nature and severity of your injuries;
- The treatment you required;
- Any ongoing treatment you could need;
- Your property damage and out-of-pocket expenses; and
- Your pain and suffering.
Once we complete an investigation and your case. We will collect evidence to start your claim. Some of the evidence collected include:
- Medical care and related treatment costs;
- Ongoing care costs, when necessary;
- Lost wages;
- Diminished earning capacity;
- Property damage to your vehicle;
- Out-of-pocket costs;
- Pain and suffering damages;
- Mental anguish;
- Emotional losses
When we meet to talk about your case, we can also help you understand the laws that govern your claim. For example, there are limits on how much you can recover from a government agency if the bus driver acted negligently and caused the accident. These laws affect your case.
Identifying the Liable Party After a Bus Accident
It is not always easy to identify who might be financially responsible for losses after a bus crash in Cypress. We will determine the at-fault party. Generally who is liable depends on a number of factors when the accident occurred.
Accidents Involving a METRO Bus
Houston’s METRO buses are the only public transportation option in Cypress. If a METRO bus driver caused your accident, we may be able to hold METRO liable.
However, we need to act quickly. METRO is a governmental agency and it has certain protections under the Texas Tort Claims Act. We follow specific procedures to notify METRO of your injuries. There are strict deadlines on how long we have file your claims.
School Bus Accidents in Cypress
If a public school bus driver from Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District or another local school district caused your accident, the Texas Tort Claims Act applies. That means you will face the laws and rules that govern your claim including limits that affect your settlement on a potential payout as you would in a crash with a METRO bus.
If the school bus belonged to a private school and the driver was an employee, the process differs significantly. We can hold the private school responsible for the crash.
Accidents Involving Privately Owned Buses
There are a number of different scenarios that could apply when it comes to privately owned buses operating in Cypress. The driver could work for:
- A tour company;
- A bus company; or
- Another corporation.
In general, if the driver of a private bus acts negligently and causes a crash, the liable party is their employer. While you should still contact us as soon as possible, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims gives us two years to file a lawsuit against the bus company. There are no limits to your damages in this type of case.
Understanding the Cypress Bus Accident Claims Process
When possible, we try to settle bus accident cases out of court. We will build a strong claim on your behalf and fight aggressively for compensation to help you cover your expenses and losses. By filing an insurance claim based on the liable party’s policy, we can work to try to negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf. This gives us much more control of the outcome and your potential payout than taking your case to court.
However, if the insurance company refuses a fair payout, we will not hesitate to file a personal injury lawsuit. Filing a lawsuit would allow us to present your case to a judge, who will decide how much compensation to award in your case.
Talk to a Bus Accident Lawyer in Cypress
The Cypress bus accident team from D. Miller & Associates, PLLC, is here to help you understand who is responsible for your injuries and help you try to hold them responsible. We can help you file a claim or a lawsuit against METRO, a local school district, a local private school, or a private corporation. We can assist you no matter if you were injured while riding as a passenger or you were driving your own car when a bus hit you.
We offer free consultations, and we handle these cases on a contingency basis. Call us today at 713-850-8600 to discuss your situation with a member of our team.