Every year, 360 million individuals travel by bus. There are 30,000 commercial buses on our roads alone. Every day, there are an estimated 450,000 school buses on the road.
Every year, thousands of Americans are injured or killed in bus accidents. In 2010, almost 13,000 buses were involved in accidents. Nationwide, 226 people died and the number of injuries was even higher. It is estimated that 12,000 injuries are sustained annually by children on school buses alone and sadly, around 11 children die each year from a bus accident. When you add almost 59 miles of light rail track to the picture the possibility of getting injured on an RTD vehicle in Colorado is high.
As a common carrier, bus drivers have a legal duty of care. When you are injured in a bus accident, you have a right to seek compensation and justice. When you come to Anderson Hemmat you can count on us to devote a 100% of our resources to your case. We will begin by conducting a thorough investigation. We will check to see if:
The driver was licensed and trained properly
Whether all laws were followed (Did the driver work for too many hours? Was the bus overloaded?)
If drugs/alcohol were involved
If the insurance company and employer are fulfilling all of their necessary responsibilities
If the bus was properly maintained
If the driver adjusted his speed to take into account the weather condition
If the driver was distracted by his/her phone or other technological devices
There are many differences between public and private buses. Keep in mind that if a commercial bus company was involved, investigators and attorneys will jump on the case and seek to minimize liability at your expense.
Proving the negligence of the bus driver is a crucial element of your case and we can help you turn over every stone. The first step you should take is to file a report with the necessary authorities. Next, you should hire a competent bus accident attorney who can obtain information from everyone involved. When you secure the assistance of our team at Anderson Hemmat we will take pictures of the accident and of your injuries and make sure you secure copies of your medical records.
In commuting by bus, you expect a safe and reliable method of transportation to get you where you need to go. The last thing you should have to worry about is a bus driver who is driving under the influence of alcohol. Unfortunately, this does happen, and though bus transportation companies have strict rules prohibiting their drivers from driving while drunk, alcohol-related bus accidents occur with higher-than-expected frequency.
These accidents can often be very serious, even fatal, as buses lack basic safety equipment like seat belts, and the injuries sustained can be extensive. Broken bones, spinal cord damage, brain trauma, coma, or even death can be inflicted in a collision. If you have been injured in a drunk driving bus accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation from the parties responsible. It is vital you contact a Denver personal injury attorney who can inform you of your rights and possibly help you acquire what you are owed.
It is entirely the responsibility of the bus transportation company to compensate you for your pain and suffering in a drunk driving bus accident. Unfortunately, the insurance company or legal team representing them will often try and foist a lower settlement amount on you, as that is in the best interest of their client. This may not be enough to cover your medical expenses and lost wages, and that is why it is important to have an experienced attorney representing you in your case against them.
At Anderson Hemmat, we fight aggressively to obtain maximum compensation for our clients after they have experienced a bus, lite rail, or Colorado RTD accident. We may be able to do the same for you so that you can move on from your difficult experience with financial security and peace of mind for you and your loved ones.
If you have suffered an injury in a drunk driving bus accident, Contact a Denver Drunk Driving Injury Lawyer, who may be able to assist you in your case.
A school bus accident can result in serious injuries to the children involved in the areas of both physical and emotional distress. For the parents of the child, it can be devastating. If your child has been injured due to the negligence of the bus driver or the operator of another vehicle contact a Denver personal injury attorney right away. Injury cases involving a school bus can be quite complex as it is considered a common carrier and different rules may apply. Buses that transport our children to and from school do not have seat belts or other restraints for safety. Therefore when an accident takes place the potential for severe injuries multiplies when the children are thrown from their seats.
Anderson Hemmat attorneys are knowledgeable in the parties who may be liable when a school bus accident occurs:
The owner/operator of the bus company
Drivers of other vehicles that may be involved in the crash
Negligent bus driver
Bus manufacturer or parts manufacturer
Factors leading to the accident may include weather conditions, inadequate or no maintenance, or driver negligence.
Our attorneys understand that the owners of the bus company and the drivers they employ have a fundamental responsibility for the children they transport. We can investigate to determine if they have followed the state laws regarding school buses along with any training for the drivers and maintenance procedures. Our firm will help you prepare and file your school bus accident claim and will aggressively pursue the fair and reasonable compensation deserved for the financial costs as well as the pain and suffering your child has endured. To schedule an appointment call our office today. We offer a free consultation to assist you in determining how to proceed with your claim. If your child has been injured in a school bus accident and you don't know where to turn for help, Contact a Denver bus accident lawyer from our firm without delay.
Whether head trauma, fractures, or a wrongful death took place, we will help you or your family maximize the compensation owed to you. At our firm, we have been recognized by Super Lawyers®, we are also AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell® and have been named among the "Top 100 Trial Lawyers" by the American Trial Lawyers Association.
For the compassionate and aggressive legal assistance you need on your side, contact us today! We are proud to provide services in both English and Spanish.
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