If you or a loved one was hurt in an accident caused by a careless or reckless bus driver, you have rights. You might be able to hold the bus company or operator legally accountable and recover compensation. A Lighthouse Point personal injury lawyer from our team can help you build a compelling case.
An auto accident attorney from Ged Lawyers can help you understand your options and explain your next steps. We provide free case reviews for victims of Lighthouse Point, Florida, bus accidents. Our team will answer your questions at no cost.
Let Our Lighthouse Point Bus Accident Lawyer Assess Your Damages
Because of the size and weight of buses, trolleys, and shuttles, accident injuries are often serious. Passengers are at an increased likelihood of serious injuries since many buses do not have seatbelts, airbags, and other safety equipment for riders.
When we represent a bus accident victim, we identify and document their recoverable damages. In your case, these may include:
- Medical costs
- Lost income
- Reduced earning capacity
- Lost life enjoyment
- Diminished quality of life
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Mental anguish
We can demand this compensation through an insurance claim or lawsuit. When filing an insurance claim, we demand fair compensation from the carrier based on these recoverable damages. If we take a case to trial, we present our evidence to the jury and ask for an appropriate verdict and court award.
Wrongful Death in a Lighthouse Point Bus Accident
If your loved one died from bus accident injuries, a wrongful death attorney from our team can help you understand your options. Florida Statutes § 768.21 allows the personal representative of a decedent to file a wrongful death action and pursue compensation for damages such as:
- Medical expenses incurred before the decedent’s passing
- Mental anguish
- Loss of companionship
- The decedent’s lost earnings
Benefits of Choosing Ged Lawyers to Fight Your Lighthouse Point, FL, Bus Accident Case
At Ged Lawyers, we understand the challenges associated with building a bus accident injury case. Often, the liable party is a large corporation, a city, a county, or another government agency. This can make pursuing compensation more complex. However, we do not back down.
Our attorneys know how to build compelling cases, holding the bus company, government agency, or private party legally responsible for the accident and our client’s injuries.
Recent settlements, judgments, and verdicts secured by our lawyers include a
$1,062,000 arbitration award for a Florida family after their loved one died in a bus accident. We also handle bus accident injury cases regularly and often secure fair compensation based on the circumstances and case facts.
We Work on a Contingency-Fee Basis
As a contingency-fee law firm, Ged Lawyers never asks our clients to pay upfront fees. We work on personal injury cases without a retainer or tracking hours spent. Our client never pays out of their own pocket. Instead, our attorney’s fees are a percentage of the money we secure for them in the case.
We Can Meet You at Your Treatment Facility in Lighthouse Point
When serious injuries occur, patients often receive care at one of three trauma centers in Broward County. According to the Florida Department of Health, these include:
- Broward Health Medical Center, a Level I facility
- Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, a Level I trauma center
- Broward Health North, a Level II hospital
Our lawyers are familiar with all of these facilities and can speak with patients undergoing treatment or rehabilitation at any of them. We also meet with victims in their homes, at our office, and virtually.
Understanding Your Lighthouse Point, Florida, Bus Accident Legal Case
When one of our personal injury lawyers goes to work on your Lighthouse Point bus accident case, we consider all the options. We can gather and analyze all available evidence until we understand what most likely happened.
Negligence is usually at the center of these investigations. When a bus driver acts negligently, we can generally hold them accountable for your damages.
However, they may not be the only liable party. Under a legal doctrine known as respondeat superior, the bus driver’s employer is often also vicariously liable. This means we may need to develop a case and pursue compensation from:
- The Lighthouse Point Community Shuttle Service
- Broward County Transit (BCT)
- Broward County Schools
- A private trolley or bus company
- Private shuttle companies
- An individual owner of a motorcoach
This can make the case more challenging, especially since there are often special rules to follow when we pursue a case against a government arm or agency. Our attorneys understand how these cases work and will represent your best interests throughout the process.
What Timeline Applies in Your Lighthouse Point, FL, Bus Accident Case?
Generally, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is two years, per Florida Statutes § 95.11. Similarly, you usually have two years to file a wrongful death lawsuit, according to Florida Statutes § 95.11.
However, there are sometimes exceptions to these timeframes. Additional deadlines often apply in situations where the defendant is a government agency. There might also be special rules if you signed a waiver or purchased a ticket and entered into an agreement with the company. These are important considerations.
Regardless of the deadlines in your case, contacting our team in the early days after a collision has benefits. Some evidence might disappear in the first days and weeks following a bus accident. The sooner we know about the crash, the earlier we can begin gathering evidence.
Discuss Your Lighthouse Point Bus Accident Case Today for Free
At Ged Lawyers, our Lighthouse Point team provides free case reviews for victims hurt in bus accidents and other traffic collisions. We are here to help you understand your rights and the options that could allow you to recover compensation for your injuries, expenses, and other damages.
Contact us now for a free consultation with our team.