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Buses provide vital transportation links for many people, including urban dwellers, the elderly and disabled, low-income individuals, and school children. Without them, a broad swath of the American population would find itself without efficient, reliable transportation. However, due to their large size, buses are particularly prone to devastating accidents, especially where children are involved. With so much at stake, accident victims have every right to pursue top damages with a Waldorf bus accident lawyer.
According to a study from the Transportation Research Institute at the University of Michigan, bus accidents are quite common on American roadways. The Institute found that, between 1999 to 2005, an average of about 63,000 buses were involved in accidents each year. Of those accidents:
As the statistics show, you are more likely to be involved in a bus accident than you likely realize. If you or someone you love has been the victim of a bus accident, whether as a passenger of the bus or another vehicle struck by the bus, contact a Maryland bus accident lawyer at the Law Office of Thomas E. Pyles today. We have over 25 years of experience representing victims of bus accidents and a long track record of success in obtaining fair compensation for our clients.
Legal liability for bus accidents often can be complex due to the number of parties involved. Typically, the defendants in a bus accident case will be some combination of the entity that owns the bus, the employee who was driving the bus, other motorists who may have contributed to the accident, and all of their insurance companies. If multiple passengers were injured in the same accident, there could also be several plaintiffs.
It is important for victims of bus accidents to know what they are up against. Transit agencies and private carriers have significant experience defending themselves against their victims’ lawsuits and are represented by insurance companies with scores of lawyers. In most cases, the agency’s insurance company will attempt to pay out as little as possible, potentially leaving victims with uncompensated injuries.
When you enlist the assistance of a personal injury lawyer, you can rest assured that you will not have to face these formidable foes alone. The bus accident attorneys at the Law Office of Thomas E. Pyles have extensive experience representing bus accident victims by going head-to-head with transit companies and their insurers. Having that level of expertise on your side can significantly increase your chances of success in a bus accident case.
Bus accidents are similar to truck accidents in that the large size of the vehicle creates unique dangers that are not present in accidents between passenger vehicles. While no two accidents are exactly the same, there are several common scenarios that can lead to bus accidents. These include:
The primary purpose of damages in personal injury cases is to compensate the victim for the losses he or she suffered as a result of an accident. This is often referred to as making the victim “whole” or putting the victim, to the greatest extent possible, in the same position he or she would have been in had the accident not occurred. To that end, courts award two types of compensatory damages to bus accident victims: special damages and general damages.
Special compensatory damages compensate bus accident victims for specific types of monetary losses they incurred due to the accident. These include:
In most cases, it is fairly simple to arrive at dollar amounts for these types of losses, as the plaintiff can usually produce evidence of exactly how much he or she lost. For example, if a plaintiff was out of work for three weeks after an accident and earned $1,500 a week, his or her loss of earnings damages would be $4,500.
General compensatory damages are intended to compensate bus accident victims for more abstract injuries. They often include:
Unlike special damages, determining an exact dollar amount for general damages is not an exact science and can vary significantly from victim to victim.
If you or someone you love has suffered an injury in a bus accident due to negligence — whether it was as school bus accident, a city bus accident, or an inter-city bus accident — you deserve to be compensated to the greatest extent possible. For more information about your legal options after a bus accident, contact a Waldorf bus accident lawyer at the Law Office of Thomas E. Pyles by calling 301-705-5006. We also have offices in Laurel and Leonardtown.