Buses are massive, and when there’s a bus wreck, many people can get hurt, and the property damage can be extensive. You might be feeling overwhelmed right now, both from your pain and suffering and your recent financial costs.
If you have been in a bus wreck in the Rutherfordton area, you may be able to pursue compensation. A Rutherfordton bus accident lawyer from Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, can help you with your case. Our Bus accident lawyers offer a free consultation to discuss your case and determine the best course of action to seek compensation for your injuries.
How Serious Are Bus Wrecks?
Buses are massive compared to many vehicles on the road. So when there are collisions and bus wrecks, the results can be disastrous. Buses often carry many passengers, and buses often do not have the same safety features that cars have, like
seat belts and airbags. Bus passengers and the people in any other vehicles involved are at risk for injury and even death.
For example, people who are in a bus wreck might experience head or spinal cord injuries that can cause lifelong disability and impairment. Those involved might also experience severe trauma that can result in death without proper medical treatment.
Bus wrecks can also cause extensive vehicle damage, leading to costly and time-consuming repairs.
The financial costs and medical bills after a bus wreck often cause people to wonder about options for compensation.
What Compensation Can I Get after a Bus Wreck?
After a bus wreck, you may be able to receive compensation related to the following areas:
- Both physical and emotional pain and suffering
- Medical bills such as from related surgeries or emergency room visits
- The income you lost from not being able to work or work in the same capacity
- Costs from damage to your vehicle or other property
If your loved one died due to a bus wreck, you might be eligible to pursue compensation on their behalf. You may be able to use this money to pay for things like funeral and burial costs.
Every case and the overall amount of compensation is different. When you consult with an attorney, they can likely estimate how much you can get in compensation after your bus accident.
What Should I Do after a Bus Accident?
Remember, people’s safety and getting medical treatment take priority after a bus accident. Make sure to get far enough away from the wreck that you do not risk further injury. There may be other passengers involved that were hurt. Call appropriate emergency medical services to ensure that you and everyone else get proper medical treatment.
It is also important to contact the appropriate authorities. And if you are not sure, it can still be helpful to contact the police so that everyone involved complies with the law. Remember that data collection is useful for any claims later. Police reports, plus any videos, photos, and eyewitness accounts, serve as data in a bus accident claim or lawsuit. Being thorough helps ensure accuracy.
In addition, make sure to contact your insurance company to report the wreck. Depending on the wreck’s severity, you may also need to seek legal help.
How Can a Bus Accident Lawyer Help Me?
A bus accident lawyer understands the laws and regulations that will apply to your bus accident case. Our lawyers at Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC are competent and experienced in motor vehicle accident cases. We are ready to help you with your case.
We will carefully review your case and what happened in the bus accident. For example, who was there? Who was impacted? What were the damages? Was the bus driver responsible for the accident?
We can help you determine who was responsible for the accident and if you are eligible for compensation. Our experienced attorneys will go over what options you have available and how much you may be able to get in compensation.
If you choose to work with our firm, we will help you with your case from start to finish. We can help you negotiate with the people involved to reach a fair settlement. We’ll help you with the needed paperwork and ensure you don’t miss any deadlines. Finally, we’ll keep you updated throughout the process and answer your questions so you understand what is happening with your case.
Time Limits and Legal Fees
In North Carolina, under S. § 1-52, you usually have about three years from the accident’s date to file any personal injury lawsuits. This deadline includes lawsuits related to bus accidents. Under S. § 1-53, you have two years since the date of death to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
We will help you stay within the time limits when you work with our firm. But it can be helpful to seek legal help early on in your case to avoid the risk of missing a deadline.
One other major concern is any legal fees. In personal injury cases, we use a contingency fee structure. This means that we don’t charge you for our services unless we help you recover compensation. We can discuss how our fee structure works when you get your free consultation.
Schedule a Free Consultation Today
We understand that you may be feeling overwhelmed after your accident. You might not know what steps to take or how to handle your case. When you consult with us, we can help you understand your options. If you choose to work with us, we will work to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for your free consultation.