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Fresno Bus Accident Lawyer
Every year, hundreds of people are injured in bus accidents throughout California. The severity of the injuries can range from minor to catastrophic, and the financial losses associated with these accidents can be immense. Fortunately, you have legal recourse in many circumstances and can collect the compensation you’re entitled to for your losses. If you need help with a bus accident claim, contact Roberts & Spiegel to schedule a free consultation with a Fresno bus accident lawyer.
Hire Roberts & Spiegel Injury Lawyers For Your Bus Accident Case
If you’ve been injured in a bus accident, it’s important to speak with an experienced Fresno personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Bus accidents liability can be complicated, so you need to have someone who knows what they’re doing. Here’s why you should work with us:
- We’ve been fighting for bus accident victims for more than two decades and have a track record of obtaining significant compensation for injured individuals.
- When you hire us, you’re working with an attorney at all times. We don’t hand your case off to a paralegal.
- We know the tactics insurance companies use to try to avoid liability, and we know how to fight back.
How a Fresno Lawyer Can Help You After a Bus Accident
Being involved in an accident involving a bus can be a traumatic and emotionally draining experience. Fortunately, you don’t have to go through it alone - working with an experienced lawyer is one of the best ways to ensure that you are able to get the compensation you deserve. They can take the following steps to help you:
Prepare and Gather Evidence: A lawyer will be able to help you prepare and gather evidence for your case. This includes obtaining police reports, witness statements, medical records, photographs from the scene, and any other relevant documentation which might strengthen your case.
Handle Legal Matters: Your lawyer will handle any legal matters related to your case such as filing paperwork with courts or dealing with opposing lawyers or insurance companies.
Negotiate Settlements: Your attorney will negotiate settlements on your behalf with insurance companies or other parties who may be responsible for damages caused by the accident. They will ensure that any settlement is fair and equitable. Negotiating settlements without having legal representation can often result in inadequate compensation or no compensation at all, so it’s important that you have professional help.
Represent You In Court: If necessary, your lawyer can represent you in court proceedings related to your bus accident claim. They can argue on your behalf before judges or juries, providing compelling arguments backed up by evidence to ensure that justice is served.
Most Common Injuries Associated with Bus Accidents
Bus accidents can lead to severe physical injuries such as broken bones, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), lacerations, burns, internal organ damage/internal bleeding, neck/back/shoulder pain, or sprains/strains. In some cases, victims may also suffer from psychological trauma such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Liability in Bus Accident Cases
Bus accidents are complex cases, often involving multiple parties, which means it can be difficult for victims to navigate them on their own without legal assistance. In California, there are many entities that may be responsible depending on the circumstances of the accident. Liability will depend on whether the bus is public or private, who was operating the bus at the time of the accident, and more. Some of the most common parties that can be held liable include the following:
The Driver of a Bus
The driver of a bus is one of the most obvious parties that could be held liable in an accident case. If it is found that the bus driver was negligent or reckless while driving—for example, if they were speeding or driving under the influence—they may be held accountable for any damages or injuries caused by their actions.
Supervisor of Bus Drivers
Bus drivers often work under supervisors who are responsible for managing them and ensuring they are following all applicable safety regulations while driving. Therefore, if it can be proven that a supervisor failed to do their job correctly and this failure somehow contributed to an accident occurring, they may also potentially be held liable in an accident case.
Owner of a Bus
The owner of a bus could also potentially face liability in an accident case if it can be shown that their vehicle was not properly maintained and/or operated according to applicable safety regulations prior to an incident occurring. Owners are responsible for ensuring that buses meet all relevant safety standards set forth by state and federal law and must make sure they hire qualified drivers and maintain their buses regularly so as not to pose any risk to passengers aboard them.
Drivers of Other Vehicles
Drivers of other vehicles such as cars and trucks can also be held liable if they are involved in an accident with a bus. In this scenario it would be important to determine which driver was at fault so that you know who to bring your claim against.
If it is determined that a defect in either the bus itself or one of its components was responsible for causing an accident, then manufacturers could potentially face liability as well. By law, all manufacturers must ensure that their products are safe when used according to instructions and they must meet certain design standards.
If it can be shown that they failed to meet these standards or marketed unsafe products without warning consumers adequately about potential danger, they could face legal action via a product liability case from those affected.
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Contact Roberts & Spiegel Injury Lawyers For Help With Your Bus Accident Claim
If you’ve been injured in an accident involving a bus, you could be entitled to compensation. Let us help you so you can focus on your healing. If you need help with a bus accident claim, contact Roberts & Spiegel today to schedule a free consultation.