Bus accidents, while relatively uncommon, still occur in Stockbridge and throughout Georgia. If you’ve suffered a bus accident and sustained injuries and damages, know that the law is on your side. You don’t have to pay for any of your damages. Instead, you can file a claim to recover financial compensation.
It can be challenging to know the claims process if you have little or no knowledge of personal injury and bus accident law. Don’t worry. You don’t have to spend hours self-studying. Instead, you can get in touch with a personal injury lawyer in Stockbridge from John Foy & Associates to assist you and negotiate for a settlement on your behalf.
Types of Bus Accidents
There are two main types of bus accidents. Each type has different ways of approaching the settlement process. Our lawyers explain further by breaking each type down.
Public Transportation Bus Accidents
Many people use buses as a form of public transportation each day in Stockbridge. If you were the passenger of a bus, it’s the duty of the bus driver and bus company to ensure your safety is paramount. Failure to do so through negligence allows you to file a claim against them.
You can hold various parties responsible for your public transportation bus accident, including:
- The bus driver
- The bus company
- The bus manufacturer
You can file a claim against one or all the above, depending on the circumstances of how your accident happened. However, you will have to deal with the insurance company to win your settlement once you do so.
School Bus Accidents
If your child suffered a school bus accident, you have the right as their parent to file a claim against the at-fault party for any damages your child may have sustained. Just like public transportation bus accidents, you can hold the driver or the bus manufacturer liable. However, you will have to deal with the school district instead of the bus company.
Dealing with the school system or with any accident involving children can be very difficult. Our bus accident lawyers in Stockbridge know how to navigate these cases and help you win fair compensation for you and your child.
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Compensation for Bus Accident Damages
The Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) § 51-1-6 allows for you to recover compensation for your bus accident damages. These are a few of the damages that you can factor into your settlement:
- Wrongful death
- Lost wages
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish and emotional trauma
- Disability or disfigurement
Despite being in a large vehicle, bus accidents can be highly deadly. Buses often rollover and lots of debris inside the bus can cause significant injury. In addition to all these hazards, buses often don’t have seatbelts which further increases the risk of injury or death.
This is why it’s crucial for all bus drivers to have the safety of others in mind and for bus companies to maintain their buses to ensure that accidents get prevented. If you suffered any damage directly caused by your bus accident, we can help you get compensated for them in your claim.
Average Settlement Amounts for Bus Accidents in Stockbridge
The average settlement amount varies greatly for bus accidents in Stockbridge. How much you can receive in financial compensation depends heavily on:
- How much your damages have impacted your life
- The severity of your bus accident injuries
- Whether or not your bus accident has prevented you from living life as you normally did before
Generally speaking, most bus accident victims can receive thousands of dollars in their settlement. However, please keep in mind that this is only a rough estimation. To know the actual value of your settlement, you will need to speak with one of our Stockbridge bus accident lawyers as soon as possible.
Don’t Accept Lowball Offers from Insurance Companies
Insurance companies are known for giving out only the bare minimum in compensation. Remember, insurance companies are businesses first above anything else. Paying you a fair amount for your settlement means less money for their bottom line. This is why you have to fight for your settlement.
Never trust their initial offers for compensation. More often than not, they’re simply trying to get you to accept a fast settlement offer that barely even scratches the surface of the actual amount of compensation that covers your damages. Don’t get duped into accepting their lowball offers. Instead, get help from one of our bus accident lawyers as soon as possible.
Never Underestimate What Our Lawyers Can Do for You
When you hire one of our Stockbridge bus accident attorneys, you get the legal firepower you need to successfully negotiate a fair settlement from the insurance company. Insurance companies often have powerful legal resources on their side that can challenge your claim. Instead of going up against them alone, hiring a lawyer is a great way to even the playing field.
We never accept any payment upfront and operate based on a contingency fee. Our legal fees get paid for through the settlement we win you. If we can’t win a settlement for your bus accident claim, you pay us nothing.
Statute of Limitations for Bus Accidents in Georgia
OCGA § 9-3-33 only gives bus accident victims two years to file their claims. After getting medical treatment, we recommend that you reach out to us to begin building a strong case and filing your claim. If you wait too long, you weaken your chances of receiving the best settlement possible. Don’t let the insurance company take advantage of you.
Get Your Free Consultation Today
For a free consultation with one of our experienced bus accident lawyers in Stockbridge, please contact the offices of John Foy & Associates today. You can reach us online or over the phone at any time. With no risk or obligations, please don’t hesitate to call us to learn more about all the legal options available. We are available 24/7 to assist.