Glendale Bus Accident Lawyer
When bus drivers and bus companies fail to take reasonable care to protect their passengers, dangerous accidents can and do happen. If you or someone you love was injured in a bus accident, you may be left with expensive medical bills, lost wages, long-term pain and suffering. Filing a personal injury claim may allow you to seek compensation for your injuries, and hiring a lawyer is an important step in the legal process.
The attorneys at Phillips Law Group have nearly three decades of legal experience fighting to protect the rights of injury victims and we have recovered hundreds of millions in compensation. Founder Jeffrey Phillips is a member of The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers.
We work on contingency, so there are no upfront costs or fees for our services. You only pay us if we help you recover compensation. Schedule a free, no obligation consultation with our legal team to learn more about the options available to you. We are available to talk to you 24/7. There is no risk in you calling us.
Have a question? Call 1-800-706-3000.
Am I Eligible to Pursue Compensation?
It is very important to discuss your accident with a licensed attorney to determine if you may have legal options. These cases have many different factors and an experienced attorney knows how to review these factors to determine if negligence was involved in the accident.
Our attorneys are prepared to take cases involving many different kinds of bus crashes, including those involving:
- 15-passenger vans – These are often used to transport sports teams.
- School buses – Occupants do not have seat belts so they can easily suffer serious injuries in a crash.
- Charter buses – These vehicles are often carrying luggage, in addition to passengers. This additional weight can be a contributing factor to accidents.
- City buses – Even though these buses are traveling in cities and therefore not going very fast, crashes with these buses can still be quite dangerous.
- Tour buses – One of the dangers of these crashes is the seats do not face forward. Passengers can be thrown around if an accident happens and suffer serious injuries.
We welcome the chance to discuss the specifics of your crash in a free consultation. We can determine if you may have legal options. We pursue maximum compensation for injury victims who were hurt due to another’s negligence.
Compensation Available for Bus Accident Victims
After a bus accident, you may have the right to pursue compensation for an injury caused by another person’s negligent or careless behavior. Victims of bus accidents in Arizona may be able to recover both economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages are the out-of-pocket expenses that arise out of the injuries that are caused by the bus accident. These damages have a defined monetary value and may include the following:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Ambulance services
- Hospital care
- Prescription medications
- Physical therapy
- Assistive medical devices
- Transportation to/from doctor visits
- Imaging tests
- Lost wages from missed time at work
- Loss of earning capacity
- Property damage
Non-economic damages do not have a defined monetary value. These damages arise from the physical and emotional trauma experienced after a bus accident and may include the following:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Scarring or disfigurement
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Some states place a damages cap or limit on the amount of non-economic compensation an accident victim can receive. However, for personal injury cases in Arizona, including bus accidents, the state does not have caps on the amount an accident victim is eligible to receive. This is in accordance with Arizona State Legislature Article 2, Section 31.
If you have a valid case and we represent you, a licensed Glendale bus accident lawyer at our firm is ready to pursue the maximum amount of compensation for your injuries.
Time Limit to File a Bus Accident Case
Like other states, Arizona follows a statute of limitations, which places a time limit on when you can file a lawsuit. Many bus accident cases have a statute of limitations period of two years from the date the accident occurred. This means that the case must generally be filed within that two-year period. If you attempt to file after that time period, your case may not be accepted.
However, each case is different. You may be required to file earlier than the two-year period, such as if you are filing a claim against a government entity. If you suffer a delayed or hidden injury that you or your doctor do not discover until later, the two-year limit may not start until the day you discovered or should have discovered the injury, rather than the date of the accident.
We recommend that you reach out to one of our Glendale bus accident lawyers so we can determine the deadline that may apply to your claim.
Call 1-800-706-3000 now for your free consultation.
Can I Take Legal Action If I was Injured at a Bus Stop?
If a vehicle hit you while you were waiting for the bus, you may have a right to take legal action against the person at fault for the accident.
If the accident was caused by driver error you will need to show that the driver was negligent, in order to claim damages for your injuries. Negligence means the driver owed you a duty of care to keep you from suffering harm, breached that duty of care and as a result, you suffered injuries and damages.
However, there are many factors involved in an accident at a bus stop. Attorneys for at-fault parties may try to claim you were partially to blame because of where you were standing at the time of the accident.
This is why it is important to discuss the situation with a licensed Glendale bus accident lawyer. Phillips Law Group’s attorneys can determine if you have a claim and handle the investigation of the accident. We know how to build a strong case and gather evidence to show another party was at fault for an injury.
Who May Be Liable in a Bus Accident?
There are often several different parties that could potentially be held responsible for a bus accident and subsequent injuries. These parties could include:
The bus driver may be held liable if he or she was acting negligently at the time of the accident. Driver negligence often includes speeding, driving while distracted, driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, disobeying traffic laws, following other vehicles too closely and more.
The bus company that owns the vehicle has a legal obligation to ensure that its vehicles and drivers are operating in a safe and effective manner. When injuries happen on a bus operated by a company, it could be held liable for the accident if safety regulations were violated or the company was negligent in some other way.
The company responsible for maintaining the bus may be held liable if it is found that something critical was overlooked that compromised the safety of passengers and other motorists on the road.
Vehicle or Parts Manufacturer
If the accident was caused by a defective part such as the brakes, tires or electrical wiring, the company that manufactured the vehicle or its parts could be held liable.
In some cases, bus accidents are the result of another driver’s negligence. If the other driver neglected to stop at a traffic light or stop sign and collided with a bus, he or she could be held responsible for the accident.
Fault is a complex issue in a bus accident claim, that is why it is in your best interest to contact an attorney as soon as possible. If you have a legitimate claim, our Glendale bus accident attorneys are prepared to carefully review the details of your accident to determine the at-fault parties and pursue full compensation for your injuries.
Common Causes of Bus Accidents
There are many reasons why buses are involved in accidents. One of the most primary causes is due to negligence. The bus driver, bus company or another party failed to act in a reasonably safe manner to prevent others sharing the road from being harmed.
Examples of reckless or negligent behavior include the following:
- Failing to see other vehicles on the road
- Disobeying the rules of the road
- Driving while intoxicated or using drugs
- Inadequately maintaining the vehicle
- Driving too fast for weather conditions
- Improperly hiring or training drivers
- Driving while exhausted or fatigued
- Traveling through dangerous roadways
- Driving while distracted, such as texting
- Failing to conduct regular maintenance
- Mechanical failure or defective parts
- Overloading buses
Bus accidents often cause more serious injuries compared to other motor vehicle accidents because they are larger, heavier vehicles. Certain buses, whether city, school or tour buses, may not be required to have seat belts. This can increase the risk of injuries after an accident. While every accident is unique, there are certain types of injuries that are commonly experienced by victims of bus accidents. These include:
- Fractured or broken bones
- Facial lacerations
- Back and neck trauma
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Burn injuries
- Crushing injuries
- Loss of a limb
- Internal injuries
If you have suffered injuries from a bus accident or lost a loved one taking bus transportation, it is generally a wise decision to have an experienced lawyer on your side. The Glendale bus accident lawyers at our firm have helped obtain significant compensation for our clients and charge no upfront costs if we represent you.
How Can I Make My Case Stronger?
After a bus accident, you may be wondering what to do next. There are some important things you can do to ensure your health and help preserve your injury claim.
Contact the Police
Call 9-1-1 and inform the police that you have been involved in a bus accident. Do not rely on the driver to report the accident. The responding officer will investigate the scene and file a police report. Be sure to obtain a copy of the report as this report can be a critical piece of evidence to your claim.
Seek Medical Care
Seek medical care immediately for any injuries resulting from the bus accident. Even though some injuries may seem minor, they could be a sign of other serious, underlying issues, such as a traumatic brain injury. The adrenaline or shock from an accident could also mask the pain of injuries for several days afterward.
Get checked out by a doctor to determine the extent of your injuries and provide a treatment plan for you. Medical documentation is also a vital form of evidence that will help connect your injuries to the accident.
Document the Accident
Be sure to document everything you experienced. Write down what happened, where it happened and how it happened. Keep a diary of your daily pain and discomfort, doctor visits, treatments and medications you are taking, and how your injuries have affected your ability to do certain activities and maintain relationships.
Also collect information at the accident scene, if possible. This includes exchanging contact information with others involved in the accident. Try to obtain the name of the bus driver and his or her insurance details. Use your cellphone to take pictures of the accident, your injuries, damage done to the bus and other vehicles, and anything else you think is relevant.
Gather Witness Information
If any witnesses were present at the time of the bus accident, take down their full name, contact information and notes and what they say happened. An attorney may be able to use this information to strengthen your claim.
Be Careful With Insurance Adjusters
While most bus accident cases are resolved through insurance claims, you need to know that insurance companies do not have your best interests in mind. Their bottom line is to settle for the lowest amount possible. They may even try to prolong your claim in an effort to get you to settle quickly or give up altogether.
These are all reasons why we encourage you to obtain legal representation before speaking with an insurance adjuster, but especially before filing a claim or accepting a settlement offer. Our attorneys can review a settlement offer to tell you if it is fair and can deal with the insurance company on your behalf to protect your best interests.
Contact Our Glendale Bus Accident Lawyers
Hiring an experienced Glendale bus accident lawyer to represent your claim is an important step in the recovery process. At Phillips Law Group, we have been providing legal counsel to Arizona residents for nearly three decades and have established a track record of success in the process.
Your initial consultation with us is 100 percent free. There are no costs involved to discuss your claim and there are no upfront fees for our services. We are only paid if you recover compensation for your injury. We can be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week by phone or online.
Founding partner Jeff Phillips is a Top-25 member of the Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association.
Call 1-800-706-3000 today to see how we might be able to help you.