Fort Worth Bus Accident Lawyers
Claims Against Private & City Buses
It is rare for a bus accident to not result in life-changing injuries. The massive size and weight of these vehicles add up to a devastating force in a collision. In a wreck, bus passengers and other motorists can be severely injured due to one wrong decision by the bus driver.
Were you riding in a bus in Fort Worth when it crashed? Were you driving down the street when a negligent bus driver hit you? In either situation, Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers can help you file and pursue a bus accident claim. We know what it takes to bring a strong claim against the opposition, whether you were hit by city bus, private bus, or charter bus.
Call (888) 492-5532 to speak with our attorneys now.
What Causes Bus Accidents?
Bus accidents can be caused by a number of forms of negligence. It will be our job as your chosen legal representatives to investigate the crash to figure out just what happened. We can collect different types of evidence like eyewitness statements, police reports, and more. The proof that we compile can help us narrow right into the cause and then assign liability to the correct defendant.
Negligence that can cause a bus accident includes:
- Bus driver intoxication
- Motorist distraction
- Passenger disruption
- Bus part defect
- Poor bus lane layout
- And more
Bus Accident Injuries
People who are injured in bus accidents often suffer catastrophic injuries, such as:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Permanent disfigurations
Motorists hit by a bus can suffer these severe injuries because the smaller car can put up very little resistance to the impact of the much larger bus. On the other hand, passengers on a bus can be severely injured because buses have no seatbelts or other forms of restraint. If the bus is hit by a commercial truck or another bus, or if it rolls or flips, then it can be devastating to all people inside.
Who Owes You Compensation?
The compensation that you are owed after being in a bus accident will depend on what party caused the accident. Usually, the bus driver and their employer share liability. If the bus driver is an employee, then the legal rule of respondeat superior allows you to demand full compensation from the bus company that employed them, which can be a private company or a municipal agency. If the bus driver is an independent contractor, then it can be more difficult to get compensation. We might have to first file against any commercial insurance policies held by the bus driver and exhaust them before moving onto the employer if possible.
If the bus accident was caused by a third-party driver, then that driver might be fully liable for your damages. Such a situation is problematic, though, because auto insurance policies held by individual drivers are usually limited when compared to a policy held by a bus company. If many passengers were injured in the crash, then there might not be much insurance money from the driver to go around. This is why it is so important to create a strong claim right away with the help of an attorney.
Call Our Fort Worth Bus Accident Attorneys Now
The sooner you get your bus accident claim moving, the sooner you’ll feel relieved that you did. The bottom line is that the liable party won’t seek you out to give you compensation. You have to do it yourself. Why wait when Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers are ready to help right now?
To schedule a case evaluation, please call (888) 492-5532.