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Bus Accident Lawyer

Bus Accident Lawyer

Millions of people ride buses daily, and millions more must share the road with them. When a crash occurs, victims can suffer serious injuries but face challenges in seeking legal and financial accountability. If you were hurt in a Maryland bus crash, an experienced bus accident lawyer from Trollinger Law LLC can help you understand how to pursue compensation from the at-fault party(s). 

Who is Responsible for a Bus Accident?

Several entities could bear responsibility for a bus accident, depending on the cause of the accident and what regulations apply. Here are some entities that could be liable for a bus wreck:

  • Bus driver The bus driver may be responsible if a negligent action, such as distracted driving, speeding, or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, caused or contributed to the accident.
  • Bus company/operator The company that owns or operates the bus may be held responsible for an accident if it fails to properly maintain the vehicle, provide adequate training or vetting of drivers, enforce safety protocols, or comply with regulations.
  • Bus manufacturer If a defective bus part caused the accident, the automaker or parts manufacturer could be held responsible.
  • Government agency In public transportation accidents, the government agency in charge of bus or road maintenance could be financially responsible for an accident, depending on what caused the crash. 
  • Other drivers If another driver caused the bus accident, they might be at fault for a victim’s injuries and associated losses.

How to File a Bus Accident Claim

The process for filing a bus accident claim will differ depending on several factors, including where the crash happened, who is at fault, and what insurance coverage is available.

For example, a public bus accident case requires victims to file a notice of injury claim with the appropriate government agency by a specific deadline. The timeline and agency will depend on where the bus accident occurs.

If you have personal injury protection (PIP) insurance on your own vehicle, you could file a claim with your insurance company for injuries you suffer after a bus accident. 

Filing a claim after a bus accident is a complex process, so you should consult an experienced attorney to guide you and protect your right to seek compensation.

Types of Compensation for Bus Accident Injuries

If you get injured in a bus accident caused by someone else, you may be able to recover compensation for the following:

  • Current and future medical expenses
  • Lost income
  • Diminished future earnings
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of consortium
  • Diminished quality of life

What to Do After a Bus Accident

Wondering what to do after a bus accident? Focus on these three factors first: 

  • Your health You need to prioritize your own health. Seek treatment for your injuries promptly and follow your doctor’s instructions. 
  • Your rights – An experienced bus accident lawyer can review your accident claim, determine the liable parties, and help you pursue full and fair compensation from the responsible parties.  
  • Finding a lawyer – Many bus claims involve government agencies. It’s no simple task to sue the government, so working with an attorney can ensure you meet crucial deadlines in your claim for compensation. 

Get Help from a Bus Accident Lawyer

Bus accidents can present people with unique legal challenges, so getting guidance from a skilled attorney is crucial. Contact Trollinger Law LLC today for a free consultation with a Maryland bus accident lawyer.

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