Bus Accident Injury Lawyers
Montlick & Associates- Fighting Hard & Winning Cases™ Since 1984.
For over 38 years, the accident injury law firm of Montlick & Associates has been helping victims of bus crashes obtain justice by aggressively pursuing the compensation they deserve after being injured by a negligent driver. With billions of dollars in recoveries for our clients, Our Experience Pays!™*
If you or a member of your family has been injured in an accident, speak with Montlick & Associates, Injury Attorneys, today for your free case review and consultation.** Contact us Nationwide 24/7 at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333), or by simply dialing #WIN (#946) from your cellphone. You may also visit us at Montlick.com and contact us through our Free Case Evaluation Form or Free 24-hour live chat.
Important Legal Time Deadlines: Act Now to Preserve Your Right to Recover Maximum Compensation
All types of legal claims are subject to “statutes of limitations” or legal time deadlines.
WARNING: Failing to comply with a statute of limitations will permanently bar your right to a recovery.
Each state has enacted their own statutes of limitations for personal injury cases, which vary depending on where your accident occurred. Statute of limitations set forth the number of years, from the date of the accident, in which a victim or the family of the victim may bring a personal injury case. However, there are exceptions that can greatly shorten or even lengthen the deadline! By way of example only, certain types of traffic accident cases against state or federal government entities can have much shorter deadlines. In some bus accident cases, there could be a combination of different types of injury claims that may involve different time frames, multiple defendants, and/or the laws of more than one jurisdiction. Also, in some states, the statute of limitations (or legal time deadline) could be extended when the personal injury case involves a minor child. An attorney can examine the facts and circumstances of what happened to you and determine which statutes of limitation are applicable to your case.
Additionally, these legal doctrines and rules can be ambiguous or subject to narrow exceptions depending on the specific law and facts, so you should seek immediate legal advice to find out which rules may apply to your potential case. An experienced attorney who carefully analyzes the facts of your situation can advise you of your obligations and the applicable deadlines in your case. Failure to comply with any critical deadline will result in permanent bar to your right to compensation.
In addition to legal deadlines, there are other reasons not to delay. For example, most auto insurance policies contain their own contractual notification deadlines that, if allowed to lapse, can result in a denial of coverage. Additionally, witnesses can eventually forget what happened, and important evidence, such as items at the scene or video footage, can also disappear. Our bus accident attorneys take the required actions to preserve all-important legal deadlines and insurance notification deadlines on behalf of our clients.
Who Is Usually Responsible for a Busing Accident?
In some bus accidents, there may be several parties who may be responsible for personal injuries caused in a busing accident. It is always important to identify all potentially responsible parties after a bus accident, because there may be multiple parties who share liability for your injuries. Montlick and Associates works hard for each client to identify all potential defendants and avenues of recovery, which may include, without limitation, the following:
- Bus Driver: If a bus driver operates a bus under the influence of alcohol, violates traffic laws, or engages in other unsafe driving practices, the bus driver may be liable for injuries caused by their unsafe driving practices. However, in most states, the bus driver’s employer would normally be liable for the driver’s negligence under a legal doctrine called respondeat superior.
- Other Drivers: A busing accident is also often caused by the driver of another vehicle. If another driver causes the accident, including driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while distracted, or otherwise engaging in negligent driving practices, the other driver may be liable for your injuries. In such cases, where you are riding on a bus in an accident but the driver of the bus is not at fault, you may be covered under Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist, Medical Payments (“MedPay”), or Personal Injury Protection (“PIP”) insurance if there is such coverage over the bus, or if you have it on your own vehicle(s).
- Private Bus Company: A private company that operates a charter bus, tour bus, or long-distance bus service are generally liable for collisions caused by its own negligent drivers, but injured victims may also have causes of action based in bus companies’ own negligence, such as negligent hiring of employees with poor driving histories or criminal records, poorly trained or supervised drivers, inadequate maintenance of their vehicles, and other bases of liability.
- Public Transportation: Depending on the circumstances, governmental entities may be liable for injuries caused by their own negligent bus drivers, as well as many of the same reasons private bus companies could be liable for accidents. In such cases, it can be even more important to retain an attorney early in your case due to common notice requirements that vary from state to state. Failure to comply with any governmental notice deadline will result in a permanent bar to compensation.
- Bus Maintenance Contractor: If a bus company has a maintenance contract with an independent maintenance company, the maintenance company may be responsible for damages caused by their failure to properly repair or maintain a bus.
Montlick and Associates has been representing bus accident victims since 1984, and we fight hard on behalf of each client in order to maximize the value of their cases. If you or a member of your family has sustained serious injury in a bus accident, call us for your free case review and consultation. Our attorneys stand ready to examine your bus accident case to determine the appropriate parties responsible, as well as all potential avenues of recovery.
What Is the Standard for Liability in Busing Accidents?
Each state imposes its own unique “duty of care” on public and commercial entities that own and operate bus lines. However, generally, bus operators are required to operate their vehicles with reasonable care. Failure to do so amounts to negligence, and they are generally liable for the damages they cause. Bus drivers must be provided with adequate training and are required to comply with appropriate traffic and State and Federal safety laws and regulations, including special regulations that apply to passenger bus carriers. Even the slightest fault on the part of a busing company or its bus driver may be a basis for liability if a passenger is harmed despite the fact that the injury was caused, in part, by another party.
Why it is Important to Speak with a Bus Accident Attorney
Retaining a personal injury attorney can be a critical step to obtaining compensation for your injuries. For example, insurance companies will often initially attempt to speak with victims in an effort to obtain information to deny or minimize their claims. Our attorneys shield our clients from such insurance traps and pitfalls. Additionally, bus accident victims may not understand that their own car insurance policies could provide additional uninsured/underinsured motorist as well as Medical Payments (MedPay) and/or Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage for their injuries (even when their own vehicles were not involved in their accident). Our attorneys work to identify all viable avenues of recovery, and in the past, we have been successful in discovering additional defendants and insurance policies that our clients were not aware of, or that liable insurance companies did not disclose. Montlick & Associates fights hard, on behalf of each client, to identify all potential avenues of financial recovery in order to maximize the value of our clients’ cases under the law.
Montlick & Associates- Fighting Hard & Winning Cases™ Since 1984.
Our Promise to You
- Treat your case as if it were our own. We'll treat you the same way we would want to be treated – as if it were our own case - or the case of a close friend or family member.
- Protect you from powerful insurance companies. One of the first things the insurance adjuster will typically say is that you do not need an attorney. That's because the insurance company's goal is to pay you as little money as possible. And they know that injured people receive substantially more money with an attorney representing them. With over 38 years of experience dealing with insurance companies, we can help you navigate through the insurance company minefields and avoid any traps.
- Analyze your case at no charge to you. We'll evaluate your situation and advise you how to best protect your rights, at no charge to you. We invite you to call us 24 hours a day, including weekends and holidays, to request a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers. Or, in the alternative, use our 24/7 online chat right here on our website.
- Vigorously fight on your behalf in order to obtain all the compensation and benefits you deserve. There's always a lot at stake after a serious injury, and when our clients rely on us for help, we never take that situation lightly. We work extremely hard, and we will always do the right thing when it comes to our clients.
- Give your case our personal attention. We tell our clients: "We want you to concentrate on getting well. We want to hear from you if you have any questions or concerns. We work for you, not the other way around."
- Promptly return phone calls and keep you informed. We are sure you've heard about professionals who do not return phone calls. Or, perhaps you have spoken to people using other law firms who never knew what was going on with their case. That won't happen with us. We keep our clients well-informed of important developments and routinely send copies of correspondence regarding their case.
- Be there for you when you need us most. When our clients first call us after a serious injury, they're understandably really worried. And we say to them, "You don't have to do this alone." We'll take on the insurance company for you and help you receive the money you deserve for your medical treatments, lost wages, car repairs, and pain and suffering. That's the kind of help we've been giving for over 38 years.
- Always treat you with dignity and respect. Our promise is to operate at all times with honesty, integrity, high moral character and unquestionable ethics. And we'll treat you with kindness and give you and your family the dignity and respect that you deserve.
Free Case Review and Consultation to Protect Your Legal Rights
Our caring and experienced traffic accident attorneys fight hard to get our clients the compensation they deserve. No matter where you are located, we are just a phone call away.
For your Free Consultation contact Montlick & Associates, Nationwide 24/7 at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or by simply dialing #WIN (#946) from your mobile phone. We also can be contacted at Montlick.com where you can submit a Free Case Evaluation Form 24/7 or utilize our 24-Hour Live Chat.
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