What You Should Know About Bus Accident Lawsuits
If you're considering a lawsuit for your bus accident injury, you've probably asked, "Who's to blame for my injury?" Liability (who is responsible for your damages) is an integral element of your case, so determining liability is the first step in a successful claim lawsuit. Determining liability is not always easy, but a skilled legal advocate can help you determine who is at fault for your injuries.
Who is responsible for the accident?
- The bus driver
- The bus company
- The local municipality
Generally speaking, one of three parties (or a combination of the three) are responsible for your damages. If, for example, the driver of the bus was texting while driving, he / she could be liable for your accident. On the other hand, the bus company could be partially liable for hiring a negligent or undertrained driver in the first place.
If you were injured on a city bus, you may be able to bring a lawsuit against the city for your injuries. However, some cities have statutes that prohibit these kinds of claims. To learn more about your legal options after a bus accident in San Jose, contact Habbas & Associates.
Identifying Your Damages
Through a personal injury claim or lawsuit, you can seek compensation for virtually any damages linked to your accident. These include:
- Medical Expenses
- Doctors' Visits
- Physical Therapy
- Ongoing Care
- Lost Wages
- And More
In the event of a wrongful death, you can seek financial compensation to cover funerary and medical expenses on behalf of your loved one.
Bus Accident Causes
A skilled attorney can help you identify the cause of your accident, which will help you establish liability and fault in your lawsuit. Common causes are:
- Distracted Driving
- Drunk Driving
- Driver Inattention
- Reckless Driving
In order to file a successful suit, you must show that the responsible party was negligent. This means that the driver (or whoever is liable for your injury) failed to exercise due caution or care, leading your accident and injury.
To learn more about your rights after a bus accident, contact Habbas & Associates today!