When you suffer serious injuries from a bus accident in Tennessee, you need someone compassionate enough to understand your plight and aggressive enough to seek justice under the law on your behalf. At the Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC, we provide this type of legal advocacy and so much more.
Our law firm provides you with top-notch legal services to help you get the maximum amount of compensation for your injuries. Contact us today at 865-546-1111 for a free, no-obligation, case evaluation with an experienced bus accident lawyer in Murfreesboro.
Bus Accidents Cause Serious Injuries.
Because of the size of a bus, the number of passengers, and the lack of airbags, bus accidents can cause more injuries and property damage than passenger car crashes.
Additionally, buses do not have seat belts, so passengers have nothing to protect them from colliding with others during a wreck. Some bus crashes even eject passengers from the vehicle upon impact. These situations can cause severe injuries, life-threatening injuries.
Among the most common types of injuries from bus accidents are:
- Broken bones;
- Cuts and bruises;
- Disfigurement or burns from bus fires;
- Internal bleeding;
- Soft tissue injuries;
- Spinal cord injuries;
- Traumatic brain injuries; and
Our attorneys can help you recover compensation to pay for the injuries you have suffered after a bus crash. We will work to get you the maximum settlement available in your case.
What Causes Bus Accidents?
In our many years of successfully representing clients in personal injury cases, we have identified some common causes of bus accidents, including:
- Aggressive driving;
- Driver’s lack of training;
- Distracted driving;
- Driver fatigue;
- Driver’s use of alcohol or drugs;
- Poor vehicle maintenance, such as faulty brakes or defective parts; or
No matter how your bus crash occurred, we will hold the at-fault party responsible. In the case of a bus accident, the responsible party could include a private company or a local government entity.
How Do I Tell Who Was Responsible for My Bus Crash?
In order to request compensation for your injuries, we need to identify the individuals or business entities responsible for your accident. In your case, that may be a private company, as is the case with tour bus accidents.
If, however, your crash occurred while you were using local public transportation, such as the Rover Bus System, we will hold the government agency who manages public transport responsible for your losses.
This is why bus accident cases can be complex. We will have to follow special guidelines and procedures to hold a government agency liable for your damages. We must also be aware of state and federal transportation laws that may impact your case.
Luckily, we have experience handling personal injury insurance claims and lawsuits on behalf of bus crash victims. We can follow the legal steps necessary in your case, no matter how complex your claim becomes.
Should I File an Insurance Claim or a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
We can better advise you of your legal options after we speak with you about the details of your bus accident and injuries. Generally speaking, we will begin with a claim filed with the at-fault party’s insurance company. We will negotiate directly with the insurance company until we can agree on a fair settlement for your injuries. If the insurer refuses to offer a suitable settlement, we can file a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf.
Whether we need to pursue an insurance claim or a lawsuit in your case, we will serve as your legal counsel and protect your rights throughout the entire process.
Tennessee Law Requires Proof of Negligence.
Before we can file a claim or lawsuit, we need to prove negligence on the part of the bus driver and bus owner.
To do that, we must show the bus driver and bus owner had a duty to safely operate the bus and keep you and other passengers free from harm. Next, we will prove they failed in that duty and their negligent actions caused your injury. Finally, we will show that you suffered losses because of their negligence and the accident they caused.
What Evidence Will Prove My Case?
Our firm has a variety of resources to thoroughly investigate your case to prove negligence. For instance, we may work with experts to reconstruct the accident scene. We may also consult board-certified medical experts to provide their opinions on the severity of your injuries and the long-term effects they may have on your life.
We collect other evidence that may include:
- Your medical records;
- The driving history of the bus driver;
- Bus maintenance records;
- Dash camera video from the bus;
- Interviews with eyewitnesses to the accident;
- Police reports;
- Photographs of the accident scene; and
- Traffic camera videos.
Using this evidence, we will request fair compensation for your losses.
How Much Compensation Can I Receive?
We can estimate your amount of compensation only after we speak with you about the damages you incurred due to your injuries. For instance, if recovery from your injuries requires rehabilitation or nursing home services, we can include that in your claim.
In general, you may receive compensation for:
- Current and future medical bills;
- Lost wages, if you were not able to work;
- Lost earning capacity, if your injuries will prevent you from working in the future;
- Medical devices like crutches or wheelchairs;
- In-home health care;
- Prescription medications;
- Pain and suffering;
- Emotional distress;
- Loss of enjoyment of life; and
- Wrongful death, if a loved one died in the bus accident.
If you hire the Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC, we will serve as your legal representative through every step of the process. We will negotiate settlements with insurance companies and other parties involved in the accident. If the insurance company offers a low settlement, we will challenge their offer or take them to court.
If you suffered injuries or a loved one died because of a bus driver’s negligence, our attorneys are available to help you. Contact us now at 865-546-1111 to start a free review of your case.