Being involved in a bus accident can be a life-changing experience. Passengers on the bus and driver and passengers of another vehicle involved can suffer severe injuries and, in some instances, death.
If you or a loved one was involved in such an accident, you need the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer. In Lawrenceville, Georgia, seek the expertise of John Foy & Associates for help.
What Should You Do If You Were in a Bus Accident?
Whether you were on the bus or in another vehicle, you need to have your injuries looked after first thing. Anything else can follow.
Avoid talking about your accident with anyone except emergency personnel, your medical team, and your close family. If you were driving another vehicle in the accident, do call and notify your insurance company. Do not speak with any other insurance company representative other than your own.
Then call a knowledgeable bus accident lawyer in Lawrenceville, one experienced with bus accidents, such as a team member at John Foy & Associates.
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Your Free Consultation with Your Bus Accident Attorney in Lawrenceville
When you first meet with your bus accident lawyer, you can expect a free consultation. At this time, you should be ready to provide:
- Your recollection of the accident
- Contact information of anyone else you know who was involved
- Contact information of any witnesses
- If you were a driver, your insurance information
- Copy of the police or other law enforcement report if you have it
- Copies of your medical records from the emergency department, hospital, and any physicians you have seen for your injuries
- The name of the bus company and the driver of the bus
Your Lawrenceville bus accident attorney will review this information to determine what your case make look like. If the attorney accepts your case, you can rest assured they have a good feeling about it.
What Are Your Damages and What Compensation Can You Expect?
Since bus passengers generally share no fault in a bus accident, if you were a passenger, you should be fully compensated for the injuries you have suffered. If you were the driver of another vehicle in the accident, but had no fault, the same would be true.
Your compensation could include:
- Reimbursement for your medical bills including being seen immediately after the accident and follow-up medical care
- Future medical care expenses
- Lost wages and benefits if you needed to take time away from work
- Vocational rehabilitation if you will no longer be able to work in your former position
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental anguish, including a possibility of PTSD or other emotional problems
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of companionship
- Wrongful death if you lost a loved one in the accident
Injuries from a bus accident can vary from mild or none to wrongful death and anywhere in between. An experienced bus accident attorney will be able to apply a monetary amount to those damages that do not come with a price tag but rather the emotional components of life-altering events.
Who Will Be Held Accountable?
Once who was at fault for the accident is determined, your attorney will be able to see who may be held accountable for it. Some of those who could be found accountable include:
- The bus driver
- The driver’s employer which could be a:
- Private bus company
- School district
- A city or county government or the state of Georgia
- A tour company that hired the bus and driver
- The bus manufacturer and/or a part manufacturer
- The bus maintenance company
- The driver of another vehicle and their insurance company
Why do You Need an Experienced Bus Accident Legal Team?
Bus accidents are complicated. There is usually more than one driver involved and a multitude of passengers. You need a legal team such as John Foy & Associates, accustomed to handling complex cases with many parts.
Your attorney and their associates will thoroughly investigate the accident and determine who was responsible and who should be held accountable.
Do You Have to File a Legal Claim Within a Given Timeframe?
Yes. In Georgia, you have two years to file a bus accident lawsuit. Given the complexity of a bus accident, this is a small window of time.
If your lawsuit includes a government entity, for example, if you were riding on a GCT bus, the timeframe can differ and be even shorter. It is important to hire a local law firm, familiar with local and state laws. John Foy & Associates will help.
Why Hire Us?
When you hire a Lawrenceville bus accident lawyer with John Foy & Associates, you get a whole team of legal staff and attorneys with deep knowledge and experience in all aspects of personal injury law and bus accidents. The potential for your case can be found in the results we have won for others.
As soon as you are able, contact us. If you are cannot travel to our local offices, we will come to you whether you are in the hospital or your Lawrenceville home. Let us get started on your case, today.