Factors That Affect Bus Accident Compensation
Who you claim damages against is almost as important as what damages you claim when you have been involved in a bus accident. Your role as a passenger on the bus or another driver on the road will play a role in bus accident compensation as well. Fortunately, our attorneys are well versed in bringing cases against companies both large and small, as well as local San Diego, CA, government entities. We will help you determine how much to pursue in damages and then work diligently to hold the negligent parties responsible. If you were hurt in a bus accident, contact our law firm today to determine the worth of your claim.
Pursuing bus accident compensation is more complex than with typical auto accidents because of the likelihood of serious injuries and multiple injured parties.
Factors Affecting Bus Accident Compensation
There are several factors that can affect your potential bus accident compensation.
- Your Injuries: The extent of your injuries, pain and suffering, medical bills, and lost wages will all determine how much compensation you are eligible to receive. Victims with more severe injuries that involve loss of mobility or require long-term care are usually eligible for greater compensation than those who suffered minimal injuries such as a broken bone.
- The Responsible Party: The party responsible for the accident will also play a role in determining how much victims can collect in compensation. Government entities are usually immune to exorbitant personal injury cases, while private companies employ large legal teams and insurance companies to protect them from liability.
- Your Role in the Accident: Your role in the accident may also impact your eligibility for compensation. If you were a passenger on the bus, you can collect more compensation than if you were a driver who recklessly cut the bus off in traffic.
We will help you determine how much to pursue in damages and then work diligently to hold the negligent parties responsible.
Bringing a Case Against a Private Company or Government Entity
Private companies protect themselves from lawsuits by employing large and experienced legal teams. In addition, they have complex insurance policies with large companies who will do their best to minimize the amount of compensation they must pay to victims. As such, victims need their own experienced legal counsel. At San Diego Injury Lawyer, our attorneys have extensive experience negotiating with and litigating against private companies and their legal teams and insurance companies.
Cases brought against government entities must take place in a timely manner. The statutes of limitations for cases involving government entities are much shorter than those of standard personal injury cases. These claims are also highly regulated, so victims must secure experienced legal representation. Our firm has fearlessly and successfully handled numerous claims against negligent government entities.
Victim’s Role in the Accident
Passengers have greater leverage in bus accident claims than other drivers. Generally, passengers have little impact on the accident. They also have the option, if applicable, to include lack of maintenance for safety measures in the bus’s interior in their claim.
Other drivers pursuing damages have to consider contributory negligence. This means if the other driver could be found even partially at fault, they may receive minimal or no damages. A skilled attorney can help drivers determine whether pursuing damages is a smart move or not.
Our legal team handles all types of bus accidents. If you were injured in a bus accident, contact our law firm today to discuss the details of your case.