Using a Dallas-Fort Worth public transportation system like DART is a fantastic way to save money, reduce environmental pollution and decrease city congestion. But as trusted as our public transportation may be, bus accidents can still happen. Sometimes the accidents are minor, but when they are not, you want an experienced Dallas-Fort Worth bus wreck attorney to represent you and help you recover the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
Who's Responsible for a Bus Accident?
After a bus wreck, the number of liable (at-fault) parties can vary. Sometimes, the accident is a single person's fault. Sometimes, more than one person is to blame.
In order to determine who's responsible for a bus accident, we must first look at what caused the wreck. Bus accident happen for a variety of reasons, including bad weather, faulty equipment, a lack of bus maintenance and bad driving.
At my firm, I most often see bus accidents caused by other drivers around the bus. Sometimes nearby drivers are distracted and don't notice the bus making a frequent stop, sometimes alcohol is involved, and sometimes the other driver is simply in a hurry and acting careless.
Whatever the cause, the bottom line is that if you were hurt as a passenger on a Dallas-Fort Worth bus, you have a right to sue the at-fault party for compensation by making a personal injury claim.
How Much Money Can You Get By Making a Personal Injury Claim?
If you were hurt in a bus accident caused by another driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
When making a claim, you'll most likely do so against the responsible driver's liability insurance coverage. It's like any regular car accident claim with one exception: every other passenger on the bus has the ability to file a similar claim against the same driver. Because most driver's insurance policies cannot cover a bus full of passengers, you will need to seek compensation from other sources, which will most likely be the city that owned and operated the bus.
In order for you accident claim to be taken seriously and given fair priority, it is in your best interest to hire an attorney that is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law.
Set up a free, no obligation case consultation with the Anderson Law Firm by calling 817-294-1900 if you've been injured in a Fort Worth or Dallas bus accident and need legal advice.