Bus Accident Injury Claims in Sandy Springs and Atlanta, Georgia
We depend on public transportation to get us to our destinations safely. Bus accidents are not everyday occurrences, but if you’re the victim of one, your life can be critically impacted for years and possibly for the rest of your life.
Due to the ever-increasing congestion on our roadways and highways, commuters are using rapid transit and public transportation more and more each year. In accordance with the growing number of people using buses as their main source of transportation, the number of injuries and deaths resulting from bus accidents is also rising.
Whether you are injured on a city bus, cross-country coach, chartered vehicle, or school bus, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. Once your injuries have been treated, you should consult an experienced bus accident attorney at once. Atlanta bus accident lawyer Laurie Robbins will be happy to discuss the details of your accident with you and determine if you have a case.
Proving Fault in a Bus Accident Claim
One of the most important aspects in a bus accident case is establishing fault. Our bus accident attorney is experienced in handling transportation accident cases including bus accident claims and will work with you to ensure that the negligent parties, whether the driver, the bus manufacturer or the maintenance company, are held responsible. Attorney Robbins has handled numerous bus accident cases and is experienced in standing up for your rights against the insurance company and legal team employed by the bus company.
The bus company’s insurance carrier may approach you with a settlement offer. Remember that their job is to minimize the size of their payout; therefore, the settlement offer may not provide you with all the compensation to which you are entitled for medical expenses and possible loss of income. Our lawyer will fight aggressively to ensure that you are not taken advantage of by the insurance company and that you maximize your compensation.
I was on a city bus that ran through an intersection and was hit by another vehicle. I wasn’t really hurt badly, but my back has been sore. Should I see a doctor?
At Robbins & Associates, PC we advise anyone who has been in a bus accident to seek medical attention as quickly as possible. Some injuries may take a while to manifest symptoms; without a medical report, it can be difficult to construct a case if your condition worsens.
The bus company’s insurance carrier offered me a settlement that seems reasonable. Should I take it?
The bus company’s insurance company wants to settle your case as quickly as possible. In its haste to close the case, the company’s attorney and insurance company may try to pressure you to settle for less money than you may be entitled to as full compensation for your injuries. We recommend that you consult with bus accident attorney Laurie Robbins before accepting the company’s settlement.
My husband was injured on a charter bus and has not been able to work. Is my family entitled to compensation?
Bus accident attorney Laurie Robbins would have to evaluate the facts of your case. However, if your family is suffering loss of income and other hardships due to your husband’s not being able to work, you may have grounds for a case.
What sort of compensation could I receive?
Your exact compensation will be an individual matter. But in general, you could be compensated for:
- Medical costs, present and future
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Lost wages, present and future
- Lost relationship with your spouse
- Out-of-pocket expenses related to your injuries
Punitive damages, awarded to punish a negligent driver who caused the accident, are not frequent, but in cases where the other driver was particularly negligent, are sometimes awarded to the injured person.
An insurance adjuster asked me to record a statement. Should I do that?
Absolutely not. There is no requirement that you make a recorded statement, and it will almost certainly be used against you later if you do. The insurance adjuster may well be friendly, and may seem helpful, but remember that he or she works for the insurance company, not for you. So just give a courteous refusal, and ask for the adjuster’s name and phone number. You can say you’ll get back to them. Meanwhile, contact an experienced bus accident lawyer as soon as possible to protect your legal rights.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of a bus accident in Sandy Springs, Atlanta or anywhere in Georgia, please contact our experienced bus accident attorney today to schedule your free initial consultation.