Avondale Bus Accident Attorney
Bus companies and bus drivers are legally responsible for safely transporting passengers to their destinations. If they fail to uphold their legal duty of care, an accident may result due to negligence. If you or a loved one has been injured in a bus accident, you may be eligible to pursue compensation for the damages you have incurred.
We recommend reaching out to an Avondale bus accident attorney to discuss your situation in a 100 percent free consultation. Our attorneys have nearly three decades of experience assisting more than 155,000 clients across Arizona, obtaining more than $750 million in compensation for them.
Our services are provided on a contingency fee basis, which means that there are no upfront fees. We only get paid if we are successful in obtaining compensation for your bus accident injury.
Get started by calling anytime, day or night. 1-800-706-3000.
Am I Eligible to Pursue Compensation for My Injuries?
There are certain factors that we need to look at before making this determination. This is why having an experienced lawyer to guide you through this process is highly beneficial. He or she may be able to determine if you have a valid case based on the four elements of negligence below:
Duty of Care
If the at-fault party owed you a legal duty of care, you may be able to pursue compensation. In most cases, bus drivers and bus companies are legally obligated to transport their passengers safely.
Breach of Duty of Care
The at-fault party failed to uphold his or her legal duties by not acting as a reasonable person would have under similar circumstances.
There must be a direct link between the at-fault party’s negligent actions and your injuries. This could be established through medical records and doctor’s notes after seeking treatment.
Damages may be medical bills, physical pain and suffering or lost wages from missing time from work in order to properly recover.
Seek legal guidance today by contacting Phillips Law Group. 1-800-706-3000
Types of Damages Awarded to Bus Accident Victims
A bus accident can cause a series of losses from financial expenses to the mental distress you may experience. The value of these losses depend on many factors, such as the severity of your injuries and the amount of time needed to recover from them.
If you have a valid case, we may be able to pursue the following types of compensation for you:
- Past, current and future medical bills
- Travel costs; ambulance services, costs to and from doctor’s appointments
- Assistive medical equipment; wheelchairs, crutches
- Imaging tests; CAT scans, MRI’s, x-rays
- Costs of surgery
- Rehabilitation costs
- Physical therapy
- Costs of medication
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Physical pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium
It is beneficial to discuss your situation with an experienced attorney who may be able to pursue the full value of your potential case. Our attorneys are available anytime to set up a free consultation.
Is There a Time Limit to Take Legal Action?
Generally, you have a two-year deadline to take legal action. The two years begins from the date of the accident, so it is important to act as soon as possible. Cases that are not filed within this time limit will likely result in a court dismissal and being unable to pursue compensation for your injury.
However, each case is different. Certain situations may extend or shorten the deadline. If you are still unsure about which deadline applies to you, call a dedicated Avondale burn injury lawyer today.
We are here to help. Call us at 1-800-706-3000.
Who May Be Held Liable for a Bus Accident?
Bus accident cases can be complex because more than one party could be involved. If you have a valid case and our Avondale bus accident attorneys represent you, we are prepared to seek full compensation for your injuries. The following parties could potentially be held liable:
If the bus operator acted in a negligent, reckless or careless manner leading up to the accident, he or she may be responsible for the accident. Negligent driving behaviors may include the following:
- Texting while driving
- Not looking out for pedestrians
- Sudden stops
- Following closely behind other vehicle
- Breaking traffic laws
- Driving under the influence
The bus company is responsible for hiring competent driving. This involves hiring people with a clean driving record or taking appropriate measures to regulate a driver’s negligent behavior. Failure to oversee all operations involving the company may cause them to be held liable for a bus accident.
Some accidents may occur because of the actions of another driver. For example, if a driver is not paying attention to road signs, he or she may run a red light and collide with a bus.
The bus manufacturer could also be held liable if improper maintenance contributed to the accident. This could also include accidents caused by a tire blowout, electrical malfunctions or brake issues.
Determining liability is difficult to do on your own. Consult with an experienced Avondale bus accident attorney to find out who may be liable for your accident.
Common Reasons Bus Accidents Occur
There are many reasons a bus accident can happen. However, most are due to negligence, such as:
- Violating traffic laws
- Driving while impaired
- Failing to keep a lookout for other vehicles or pedestrians
- Mechanical or part defects
- Overloading the vehicle beyond capacity
- Texting while driving
- Driving while fatigues
- Negligent training of bus drivers
- Driving too fast for road conditions or inclement weather
- Inadequate vehicle maintenance
- Negligent hiring
If you or a loved one has been involved in a bus accident, it may be in your best interest to speak to a licensed attorney to help guide you throughout the legal process. Our attorneys at Phillips Law Group are equipped with the knowledge and resources needed to tackle these kinds of cases.
Steps to Take After a Bus Accident
After experiencing a bus accident, it may be difficult knowing what to do. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to protect your health and your potential claim.
- Reporting the accident – It is important to contact the authorities who will build an investigation at the scene of the accident. Be sure to request a copy of the report so that you can use it as evidence for your claim.
- Seeking medical treatment – Have your injuries looked out by a doctor as soon as possible so that he or she can properly assess your injuries and provide a recovery treatment plan.
- Documenting the accident – If your injuries allow you to do so, take pictures of the accident scene, your visible injuries and property damage to the bus and other vehicles involved.
- Gathering witness testimonies – If your accident was witnessed by bystanders, ask them to make a statement of what they saw. Be sure to collect their contact information so that your lawyer can reach out to them to verify details about the accident at a later date.
- Keeping a personal injury journal – Document your doctor’s orders, medications needed during the recovery process and how your injuries have impacted your daily life.
If you have a valid case, we will fight for maximum compensation and negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf.
Contact Our Avondale Bus Accident Lawyers Today
We are available to review your situation 24/7. Our firm has been providing legal counsel to Arizona residents for nearly 30 years and have a proven track record of obtaining millions in compensation.
Let us discuss the legal options available to you during a free consultation with no obligation to take legal action. If you have a case and decide to move forward, you will not be charged legal fees. You only pay us at the end of the legal process if we help you obtain compensation.
Our phones lines are open all day. 1-800-706-3000.