Bus accidents are all too common on U.S. roadways. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reports that in 2016 there were 227 buses involved in fatal accidents, with 264 people dying as a result. The FMCSA further reports that in 2016, there were 16,000 buses involved in accidents causing injury, with 35,000 people being injured. This is a huge increase in the number of injuries over the previous year, in which 24,000 people were injured, and the year before that, when 22,000 people were injured in bus accidents.
Unfortunately, bus accidents and the resulting injuries can have a lasting impact on the victim’s life and the lives of their families. If you were injured in a bus accident, contact the experienced and compassionate St. Lucie bus accident attorneys of The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A. to learn more about your rights and legal options. Your consultation is always free, and there is no obligation to hire us. Call us today at 772-336-4357 or fill out a contact form to get started today.
Why Do I Need a Bus Accident Lawyer?
Whether you are a bus passenger, the driver or passenger of a car or truck, a cyclist, or a pedestrian, a collision with a bus can have devastating consequences. The personal injury lawyers at The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A. have the experience you need on your side to take action against the bus company or the owner of the bus, especially if you have suffered injuries like the following:
- Broken bones
- Torn ligaments
- Head trauma
- Spinal cord damage
- Neck injuries
- Emotional and psychological trauma
These injuries, and any others, will likely need ongoing treatment. Medical bills can pile up, and coupled with lost time at work the financial burden of being in a bus accident can seem overwhelming. An attorney can help determine if the bus company (also known as a common carrier) failed to meet state and federal safety standards, and will fight to hold them accountable for the harm they’ve caused you.
Why Choose The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A.?
At The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A., we have over 25 years of experience helping clients with personal injury cases. Over the years we have been able to collect millions of dollars for our clients, and you can believe that we won’t stop fighting until you get what you are owed. We do not collect fees until you have gotten the compensation to which you are entitled.
We recognize that clients who have been in an accident may already be feeling vulnerable and overwhelmed. That is why we strive to treat each client with individual care and attention. As well as other awards we have received, in 2014 and 2015 we were honored to be given an Avvo Client’s Choice Award. This speaks directly to our client’s satisfaction with our work.
If you or someone you love has been in a bus accident, you do not need to go through this trying period alone. Contact the compassionate Port St. Lucie attorneys at The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A. to learn more about your rights and to what types of compensation you may be owed.
Help For Bus Accident Victims
Our experienced bus accident lawyers will determine if the bus driver, the company, or both are responsible for your injuries and damages. Some common causes of bus accidents include:
- Driver error
- Driver negligence
- Negligent hiring
- Failure to train a driver
- Driver recklessness
- Hazardous roads or road conditions
- Manufacturer defect
- Equipment malfunction
We know that accidents involving buses can result in minor bumps, bruises, and scrapes, or they could result in catastrophic injuries or death. We will fight to hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions, and we will seek to maximize your recovery.
Bus Accidents and Negligence Claims
Who may be held liable for a victim’s damages will depend on the facts of the case. The driver of the bus may potentially be liable, as well as the company that employed the driver. Further liable parties can include a local or state government, the manufacturer of the vehicle, or other motorists, among others.
In regards to negligence cases, Florida follows a pure comparative negligence rule. This means that if the victim of an accident is found to have been partially at fault for causing the accident leading to their injuries, they may still recover compensation from other parties who were at fault for causing the accident. The victim’s monetary award will be reduced by the percentage for which they are found to have been at fault for the accident.
Compensation for Your Bus Accident Claim
If you were in a bus accident, you are likely suffering some financial setback. Those liable for your harm may have to compensate you for things such as:
- Medical bills
- Lost income, past and future
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
An accident attorney from The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A. can help determine what compensation you may be eligible for in your case, and what the best course of action is to secure that compensation.
Being in a bus accident can result in many unforeseen consequences and may even require adapting to a new way of life. At The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A., we understand that you need to protect your rights and think about your present and future financial security. That is why we are here to help you get the compensation you are owed after a bus accident.
If you were injured in a bus accident, our firm is ready to help. We represent clients in:
- Port St. Lucie
- St. Lucie West
- Fort Pierce
- Lakewood Park
Contact the experienced and compassionate St. Lucie bus accident attorneys at The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A. by calling 772-336-4357 to schedule a free case evaluation with us today.