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"I highly recommend attorney Fred Willumsen. He is professional, thorough, forthright, and kind. He communicated well throughout the process, took the time to answer any question I had, told me just how things were, whether good news or bad. He advised well on decisions I needed to make, and his support team did a great job in helping to navigate and resolved my case with the best results possible. Thanks again, Fred!"– A.M.
I worked with Donal McRoberts and I can say without hesitation that he is one of the most caring and hardworking people I know. He helped me through the absolute worst time in my life. Not only with my case but he made sure I was getting the medical help I needed too. I could never thank him enough for all he did. He protected me the whole time, never letting myself or anyone else put me in a position that could hurt me (mentally). If you are looking for someone to be on your side whether it's be a quick case or a long haul Donal is who you need hands down.– Abby F.
I love this law firm Dominic went above and beyond for my case, everything went very well. I’m so thankful for all of the help they gave me.– Breanna S.
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Texas Bus Accident Lawyers
With Personal Injury Law Offices in Houston and Katy
Were you seriously injured in a bus accident in Texas because of someone’s carelessness or negligence? If so, we are very sorry for all that you are going through. Accidents are traumatic, and this is likely a difficult time as your injuries, whether physical or emotional, slowly heal. If you’re worrying about whether you can recover damages for your accident injuries, you are probably feeling overwhelmed. We’ll take the time to review the facts of your accident and give you guidance on whether or not to pursue a case. Call us for a free consultation today.
Do I Have a Bus Accident Case?
The many factors involved in presenting a claim for a bus accident can make figuring out if you have a case confusing. This is particularly true with bus accidents, because it’s so much less common, making it hard to get advice from people you know and trust who’ve been in your situation. Our Texas bus accident lawyers want to be your trusted advisors. We’ve helped people like you get the compensation they deserve after a bus accident. Let us help you decide if you have a claim. Call us for a free consultation and find out what you are entitled to.
While bus accident cases can take many forms, here are a few examples to give you an idea:
- Being hit by a bus when driving a car, walking, or cycling
- Being a passenger on a bus when it crashed
- Getting caught in the door of the bus when you were entering or exiting and being seriously injured as a result
These are just some of the scenarios in which people are injured in bus accidents. Don’t give away your chance for justice. We will take a serious look at your situation and give you guidance during a free consultation. You’ve got everything to gain by calling us.
What to Do After Being Injured in a Bus Accident
There are a couple of steps to remember right after a bus accident that are crucial to the strength of your case. The first is make sure you seek medical attention. Even if you think you’re fine after the accident, get checked. The stress hormones released after something so traumatic as a bus accident can mask pain, even into the next day. Your health is the most important consideration, don’t push it aside.
Getting checked by a medical professional also bolsters your case in providing a timeline of your injury. Don’t give the insurance company the chance to claim you weren’t injured as significantly as you were because you didn’t go right to the hospital. Even worse, they can point to a delay in treatment to suggest you may not have been injured in that accident at all and get your case tossed out. There are plenty of horror stories of people who’ve been taken advantage of by the insurance company. While not all insurance companies are out to prevent you from collecting on damages, it’s important to protect your right to seek compensation.
Another way to protect your right to a claim is by making sure you make an accident report as quickly as you can. This will also help to establish a timeline and place you in the accident. The accident report is going to be crucial if you file a claim. This means making sure you communicate to those at the scene that you are injured, such as the driver, a police officer on the scene, and the EMT from whom you receive treatment.
You will want proof that you were on that bus or involved in the accident. Without taking steps to make sure there is a record of your presence, it can become nearly impossible to establish your presence after the event. If you must leave the scene to get medical attention, this is a good time to call a friend, relative, or attorney to the scene ensure as much evidence of the accident and your involvement in it are preserved. Ways they can do this are through photos, video, and getting witness statements and contact information.
How Will I Be Compensated?
When considering whether you should open a bus accident case, it’s natural to want to know what kind of compensation you can expect if it succeeds. In this type of case, your compensation will be financial. You obtain this compensation by establishing that you were involved in an accident involving the bus company, that you were injured, and that those injuries caused you damages for which you need to be compensated.
Making a successful bus accident case is entirely possible, but it relies on successfully making the connections mentioned through presenting evidence, filing the necessary documents properly and on time, and negotiating with the insurance company. In some cases, it may even come to a trial. Our Texas bus accident lawyers are well versed in this process, including bringing a bus accident trial to a successful conclusion. Rather than being discouraged by all the moving parts involved in a bus accident claim, take advantage of the knowledge, experience, and resources of our Texas bus accident lawyers. We will be in your corner every step of the way.
What Kind of Damages Can Be Awarded?
The two types of damages brought up in a bus accident case are economic and non-economic. Things that relate to finances, like medical bills, the cost of ongoing physical therapy, and money you cannot earn due to injury fall into the economic damages category.
Non-economic damages refer to ways you are suffering from the accident that are not as easy to put a price tag on, yet are equally important. These may include your pain and suffering, anxiety and depression, and loss of quality of life due to your injuries. A knowledgeable Texas bus accident lawyers will help you quantify non-economic damages to ensure that compensation for both types of damages is included in your claim.
How Much Time Do I have to File a Claim?
In the state of Texas, you have two years to file a bus accident claim, in most cases. If your case involves a government entity, such as a municipality, this window can be significantly smaller, such as 90 days or even 45. There are also specific regulations that need to be observed when filing a bus accident claim against a government employee or entity.
These restrictions make having an experienced lawyer in your corner even more important to the success of your case. Even 24 months can fly by when you are healing from injuries, trying to get back to work, and possibly adjusting to a new “normal.” Waiting to file a claim is one of the most detrimental mistakes you can make, because filing deadlines are very unlikely to be extended. Call our Texas bus accident lawyers today for a free consultation and get guidance based on the specifics of your case.
How Do Shared Fault Rules Affect My Case?
In Texas, there is a Shared Fault rule that means some of the liability for an accident you are involved in can be put on you, depending on your assigned percentage of fault. This doesn’t automatically mean you can’t get compensation. Any percentage between 1% and 49% will enable you to collect some damages. If you are found to be 50% or more liable for the accident, however, you will not be eligible for compensation.
If you don’t present a case that is very well documented and backed up by evidence, the insurance company can use the Shared Fault rule to assign as much blame to you as possible for your own injuries, resulting in a devalued claim. Don’t let this happen to you. Call our Texas bus accident lawyers today to get started on a claim that can withstand the insurance company’s tactics.
What Factors Will Strengthen My Case?
In order to ensure you present the strongest possible case for compensation, it’s important to be aware of common missteps in bus accident claims.
You can be sure the insurance company is going to have more than enough legal representation to make your case challenging. Even so, they are the ones who benefit if you decide to go it alone. The amount of compensation you can recover with our Texas bus accident lawyers on your case is likely significantly larger than what you will be awarded on your own. Our lawyers have been up against the insurance companies before in cases like yours. They know what to expect and have experience winning bus accident cases.
Another mistake that can seriously impact the success of your case is giving a recorded statement to the insurance company. It is important to know that any communication you have directly with the insurance company without the guidance of your lawyer will only benefit them. Insurance adjusters are trained to ask questions designed to produce answers from you that help devalue your case.
If the insurance company can lower the value of your claim, they will have leverage to try to get you to accept a settlement offer that is far too low. The best way to prevent this mistake is to have our Texas bus accident lawyers speak for you. If they do advise you to speak to the insurance company, then it will be with their approval and careful guidance.
Call Our Texas Bus Accident Lawyers Today
Probably the most important decision you will make with regard to your bus accident case is who you select to represent you. You already know that the stresses of recovering physically, mentally, and emotionally from your injuries make representing yourself an uphill battle in your bus accident case. Hiring the wrong lawyer is only slightly better.
Many people make the mistake of thinking that any lawyer can handle any case. When it comes to civil law, there are many specializations, including personal injury, family law, business law, and property law, just to name a few. Each area of law practice is its own specific guidelines and parameters. To have the best possible chance of winning compensation for your bus accident injuries, you need a lawyer experienced at winning bus accident cases, whether through a successful settlement or going to trial.
Going to court isn’t always necessary, as some insurance companies are sincere in trying to reach an equitable agreement between parties. But to get the fullest compensation possible for your injuries, it’s important to have a lawyer on your side who can drive results when things get tough, especially if they go to trial.
Our Texas bus accident lawyers know how to get results for your case, because they have the specialized training, knowledge, and experience in bus accident cases, both in and out of the courtroom. You have enough to worry about. Let us take your legal case off your shoulders. Call our Texas bus accident lawyers today for your free consultation.