Were you injured while riding the bus in Virginia? Check out these 4 bus accident tips for guidance, then contact our bus accident lawyer to get started.
1. Bus Accidents
Our law firm recently helped a client to follow through the process of recovery in a serious injury case involving a bus collision in Virginia. In those cases, it’s very important that when you have serious injuries, you seek help of counsel in order to help you find the right medical care to recover from your injuries. Usually, in a bus accident case, you don’t have the ability to have a MedPay coverage or other kinds of early insurance recoveries that are available to you to help pay for the cost of your medical care. Still, in today’s world, it’s very frequent among bus riders that they don’t have independent health insurance that’s available to pay for medical care.
Finding an attorney to help you with those kinds of serious injury cases can mean all the difference between a full recovery and a potentially permanent injury. It’s very important to seek that legal counsel as quickly as possible to get the right medical team to assist you in achieving a full recovery from your bus accident injuries.
2. Mistakes to Avoid After a Bus Accident
People often ask me, “What are the mistakes that are often made in pursuing a bus accident claim in Virginia?” Bus accident claims have a variety of special requirements because buses are often operated by government entities. As a result, it’s very important that you seek legal counsel immediately in order to avoid failing to notify the state or county that operates the bus system of your claim in writing promptly enough. Some of those time limits can be as short as six months following the date of your crash. Getting proper counsel to write that notice and write it correctly according to all of the technicalities in the statute of notification is extremely important. Other mistakes that we often see are not filing a claim with the bus operator quickly enough so that they have a record of your involvement in an accident on their bus and are on notice to preserve evidence about your case. Other problems that we often see or mistakes that are made are that people do not seek counsel quickly enough to muster all the evidence involved in how the crash occurred because bus crushes like any other crash is dependent on proving someone was negligent or legally at fault to cause the accident. For all of those reasons, it’s very important for you to avoid those mistakes by retaining counsel quickly.
3. Choosing a Bus Accident Attorney
We at the Strong Law Firm recently resolved a case on behalf of a client who wanted to pursue a claim for personal injuries against the metro bus system. We were selected by our client because of our prior experience in handling claims against the metro system. That system is one of the most difficult organizations to pursue for personal injury claims in the entire state of Virginia. The reason for that is simply that they’re subject to a special pact under Virginia law that allows a limitation of the claims and the evidence that can be used against them. In our case, the passenger struck his head on the back of the bus wall because the bus was actually rear-ended by another metro bus because the driver of the following bus fell asleep at the wheel. Believe it or not, under the law in Virginia, we were not allowed to introduce testimony about the training practices and vetting practices used by the metro system to determine the fitness of its drivers to get behind the wheel of a bus. In those cases, it’s extremely important if you have a claim against a metro bus that you contact a thoroughly experienced legal team to represent you in going after the bus company. I’m glad to report that we had a very successful recovery against the metro system for our client.
4. Bus Accident Injury Claims
Recently a client came to see me about an injury claim involving a bus and wanted to know what the difference is between a bus injury claim and a regular car crash claim in Virginia. Bus accidents are much like commercial trucking accidents in that the driver has to be thoroughly trained, properly licensed, and have extra regulations to abide by compared to regular drivers in automobile cases. It’s fair to say that bus collision cases are far more complex to investigate than an ordinary automobile crash. The second thing that tends to occur in bus accidents that make them extraordinary is that when a bus crash occurs, there are far more claims from many passengers compared to the ordinary private automobile case. As a result, the evaluation of injuries and the allocation of how much money from the bus insurance policy will be paid to each claimant becomes far more complicated. In those cases, it’s extremely important to get a properly experienced bus accident attorney in Virginia on your case as early as possible so that you get the maximum benefits under what may be a very limited recovery from the bus insurance policy.
Were you or a loved one seriously injured due to a crash and have questions about these 4 bus accident tips? Contact a Virginia bus accident lawyer at The Strong Law Firm today for a free confidential consultation and case evaluation. Let our experience work for you.