If you suffered injuries in a bus accident in Murfreesboro, you do not have to shoulder the financial burden alone. You may be entitled to recover compensation from the bus operator for your losses while holding the company legally responsible for your injuries and other damages.
The Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC can help you in this complicated process of dealing with defensive bus operators and their insurance companies. We can represent you as you pursue compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. To find out how we can help you, call us today at 865-999-0868 for a free consultation a bus accident lawyer in Murfreesboro.
We Start by Investigating Your Murfreesboro Bus Accident
We will investigate your bus accident to determine how the crash occurred and who or what caused the wreck. In many cases, a bus driver’s negligence contributes to an accident. So, we will look at what the bus driver was doing before the crash occurred. Some of the most common negligent bus driver actions that cause accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Driving while under the influence of alcohol and drugs
- Driving while fatigued
- Failing to adjust to deteriorating weather conditions
- Ignoring traffic signs or signals
Holding Bus Companies in Tennessee Negligent for Bus Accidents
Commercial buses, whether publicly or privately owned, are considered common carriers because they transport passengers for a fee on a routine basis. Common carriers are legally obligated to ensure the safety of their passengers.
In investigating your bus accident, a bus accident attorney in Murfreesboro can determine whether the bus company’s negligence contributed to the crash by:
- Failing to conduct routine safety inspections on the bus
- Failing to maintain safety records related to the bus
- Failing to maintain and repair known mechanical and equipment problems with the bus
- Hiring unqualified bus drivers
- Allowing the bus driver to drive beyond the federally mandated driving time limits
A manufacturing design or defect can cause a bus accident if the problem is not corrected. In these instances, you may hold the bus manufacturer responsible for your accident.
Unfortunately, negligence on the part of the bus driver, bus company, or bus manufacturer can result in multiple passenger injuries—and even fatalities—in a bus accident.
Filing Claims against Government-Operated Transit Systems
Governments and school districts, which are a part of a local government, might be immune from certain personal injury lawsuits. Bus accident claims are complicated because a government must consent to the lawsuit.
However, the Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC know about the strict rules involved in bringing a claim against the City of Murfreesboro, which operates the Rover bus system, or Murfreesboro City Schools, which operates its own school buses. Following these requirements means helping you to hold a government entity liable for your damages.
We Collect Evidence to Support Your Claim
We must collect significant evidence to show how the bus driver or bus company’s negligence caused your injuries and other damages. We collect such information as:
- Your medical records that detail the severity of your injuries
- Reports from law enforcement agencies that investigated the bus accident
- Photographs of the accident scene
- Eyewitness statements about the bus accident
- Traffic camera video or surveillance video that captured the accident
We may also send a letter to the bus company asking the company to preserve documents related to the bus involved in our accident, and data from the electronic logging device that records the bus driver’s driving hours. We request this information as soon as possible because a company can destroy this information after a certain period.
The Elements of Negligence in a Bus Accident Case
To win your personal injury claim requires us to prove the following four elements of negligence:
- The defendants had a duty to ensure the safety of their passengers
- The defendants failed in this duty
- The defendants’ negligence caused an accident
- You suffered injuries and other damages because of the crash
In proving these elements, we can hold the bus operators or the bus manufacturer legally liable for your injuries and your damages. In a “fault state” like Tennessee, the party at fault for causing an accident must pay for damages.
Estimating the Value of Your Bus Accident Claim
We can estimate the value of your claim based on the type of damages you sustained in the bus accident. Bus accidents can cause a wide range of severe injuries from the bus when it crashes. Victims might be able to recover compensation for:
- Medical bills (present and future)
- Home healthcare
- Assistive mobility devices
- Loss wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
If your loved one died in the bus accident, we could also help you file a wrongful death claim which will further increase the value of your claim.
Negotiating a Settlement and Compensation for Your Bus Accident Claim
Our law firm handles all aspects of an insurance claim. We can file a personal injury claim and negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf.
When a local government is involved in injury accidents, the state’s Government Tort Liability Act (GTLA) applies to remove governmental immunity. However, the GTLA places the following caps on the compensation amount injury accident victims can recover:
- $300,000 for bodily injury or death for each person per accident
- $700,000 for bodily injury or death for everyone involved in the accident
- $100,000 for property damage per accident
Call the Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC Today
In the State of Tennessee, you have one year from the date of your bus accident to file a personal injury claim or lawsuit. Because time is of the essence, contact the Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC as soon as possible so we can promptly begin an investigation of your bus accident.
We work on contingency which means you do not pay us unless we win compensation in your case. So, call today at 865-999-0868 to schedule your free legal consultation with a bus accident lawyer in Murfreesboro, TN.