The injuries sustained in a bus accident often exceed those from a traditional car accident or SUV crash. The lack of safety features—including seatbelts—the number of people crammed into tight quarters, and the large size and weight of a bus all increase the likelihood of a crash resulting in severe, debilitating injuries.
If you suffered injuries in a bus crash in Texas, you deserve compensation for your economic as well as your non-economic damages. A lot of money could be at stake in your bus accident claim, making it critically important that you choose a bus accident lawyer in Houston with a successful track record of winning fair compensation for crash victims.
For many years, the legal team at D. Miller & Associates, PLLC, has been fighting for the rights of personal injury victims, including those hurt in bus accidents. We have amassed a lengthy track record of winning significant compensation for our clients. We have extensive resources to use to defend your case, and our team members know how to build a successful claim.
The responsible party and the insurance company will probably try to deny you the compensation you deserve, or try to pay you a lesser amount. We make sure you do not leave any money you are eligible for on the table. We have fought successful claims against insurance companies, bus companies, and even state and local governments that operate buses.
We want to work for you, defending your rights after a bus accident and pursuing the full compensation you deserve. Our attorneys take the outcome of your case as seriously as you do, which is why we offer free consultations and do not accept payment until we recover damages on your behalf.
To find out more, and to sit down with an attorney and have all your questions answered, schedule a free consultation with D. Miller & Associates, PLLC. Call 713-850-8600 today.
Why Should I Hire a Bus Accident Lawyer?
Bus accident lawsuits feature many complexities not present in traditional car accident claims. To begin with, the number of potentially responsible parties is often greater. The at-fault parties in your case could include:
- The bus driver;
- The driver of another vehicle that struck the bus;
- The manufacturer of the bus or one of its components;
- The bus company; and
- A local or state government.
We can sort through the details of your accident, identify the responsible party or parties, and determine the best way to go about collecting fair compensation from them.
Without a lawyer, you could end up accepting whatever settlement the responsible party and their insurance company offers you. These initial settlement offers frequently fail to include all the compensation you deserve. Worse still, you might end up with nothing at all, especially if the insurance company comes up with a reason to deny your claim—and most insurers have entire departments on staff whose job is to do just that.
Let us handle your bus accident claim and fight for a fair settlement that includes all the damages you deserve.
How Can I Recover Compensation After a Bus Accident?
We have several options to recover compensation after a bus crash. The method we choose depends on several factors, most notably the circumstances of your accident and the identity of the responsible party or parties.
For most bus crashes, we can recover a fair settlement by filing a negligence, product liability, or wrongful death claim.
A negligence claim contends three things:
- The responsible party or parties had a duty of care to you;
- They failed to uphold that duty;
- That failure caused the bus crash; and
- As a direct result of their negligence, you suffered injuries.
After a bus crash, the most likely targets of a negligence claim are the bus driver and their employer, or the driver of another vehicle that caused an accident with the bus.
Every driver on the road has a duty of care to other motorists. An action as simple as violating a traffic law can show a breach of that duty of care. In the case of a bus driver and their employer, the standard of care is even higher, as drivers are often responsible for the lives of dozens of passengers.
Our attorneys gather evidence to prove negligence, using it to convince the insurance company or a jury of the other party’s liability.
A product liability claim contends that a defective product caused or contributed to your injuries. In this case, the product manufacturer is the at-fault party, and we do not actually have to prove they were negligent.
As long as the product was being used for its intended purpose and was not materially altered from its original form, we can pursue the manufacturer for damages.
Parties we might pursue in a defective product claim include:
- The company that manufactured the bus;
- The company that manufactured a specific component of the bus; or
- The auto or parts manufacturer of another vehicle, if it caused the crash.
If your loved one died from his or her bus accident injuries, we can file a wrongful death claim against the responsible party or parties. We can seek damages for your mental anguish and loss of companionship resulting from the death of your loved one.
What Damages Can I Recover in a Bus Accident Claim?
We pursue all damages for which you are eligible, which could include some or all of the following:
- Current and future medical bills;
- Lost wages;
- Reduced earning capacity;
- Pain and suffering;
- Mental anguish; and
- Loss of consortium.
We can get a better idea of the damages you are eligible for after we review the details of your case. Certain severe or permanent injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, usually qualify for a higher settlement.