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What Is A Bus Accident Claim?

A bus accident claim is an action to recover compensation for injuries suffered in a bus incident, be it a city bus, school bus, or a Greyhound bus. If you were injured in a Denver bus accident and someone else is to blame, you may have the right to pursue significant damages. 

Within this claim, however, there must be strong evidence showing that one or more parties other than yourself are at least 50% responsible for the bus accident. There must also be a clear showing of causation — that the at-fault party’s negligent actions caused the accident — as well as an accounting of compensable damages. 

How Can Our Colorado Bus Accident Lawyers Help?

Our skilled team of bus accident lawyers can build a strong case to present to the insurance company handling your claim. Our goal is to compel the insurance company to pay the damages you deserve.

We ultimately accomplish this through:

  • Comprehensive investigations of your bus accident and related factors
  • Collection and analysis of evidence
  • Meticulous valuation of your damages
  • Efficient management of all claim-related paperwork
  • Fierce negotiations with insurance companies for settlements

You should never accept anything an insurance company offers you without first consulting with a Denver bus accident lawyer. Without an attorney, an insurance company will likely only pay you what it wants to pay you and not what you should be paid. 

What Are The Common Causes Of Bus Accidents?

Bus accidents can have many causes. Often, two or more causes act in conjunction to cause a crash. In many cases, bus driver error is to blame. Driver error typically translates to negligence or unlawfulness of some sort, such as:

  • Following a vehicle too closely
  • Improper lane change
  • Failure to yield
  • Failure to stop
  • Failure to signal 
  • Broken tail lights 
  • Texting while driving
  • Drowsy driving
  • Improper training or licensing for the bus
  • Failure to identify unsafe bus conditions

Other times, though, the driver’s employer is to blame. Reasons for crashes that may be attributable to the bus driver’s employer include:

  • Providing unsafe buses or bus equipment to drivers
  • Negligent hiring
  • Requiring or allowing bus drivers to drive more hours than allowed
  • Allowing dangerous drivers to continue driving on the road

When a bus is defective or has defective parts, a parts manufacturer may be held liable. However, if a bus becomes unsafe due to faulty repairs, the repair worker and their employer would be liable for a resulting accident. 

What Should You Do Following A Bus Accident?

Following a bus accident, nothing is more important than your safety and the safety of others. Once you get to a safe place and aid others when possible, make sure you take the following steps:

  • Seek medical attention, even if the injuries don’t appear to be serious
  • Make sure the police file a report
  • Snap photos and record video footage
  • Exchange insurance details if you were in another vehicle
  • Get contact information for the bus driver and their employer
  • Talk to witnesses and get contact information
  • Do not admit fault or apologize to anyone
  • Follow your doctor’s treatment orders

You should also promptly contact a bus accident attorney. Having representation from the beginning can significantly affect the compensation you receive. 

What Are Common Types Of Denver Bus Accident Injuries? 

The size and power of buses make bus accidents frequently devastating. Accident victims can face all manner of serious injuries, including:

  • Injuries to the head and brain
  • Organ injury
  • Spinal cord and neck damage
  • Broken and crushed bones
  • Amputations
  • Lacerations 
  • Abrasions
  • Burns
  • Wrongful death

Whether you are a passenger in a bus or are hit by one, the chances of being severely injured can be high. 

What Damages Can You Recover In Bus Accident Cases?

If you are entitled to pursue economic and non-economic damages in a bus accident case, those damages may cover losses like:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Medical and hospital expenses
  • Lost income

In rare cases, you may also be qualified to pursue punitive or exemplary damages. These damages are a form of punishment for particularly bad behavior and can result in an award of up to 300% of your compensatory damages. 

Who Is Responsible For A Bus Accident In Colorado?

Depending on the circumstances, the party responsible for a bus accident could be:

  • The driver
  • The driver’s employer
  • Other drivers
  • Pedestrians or bicyclists
  • A bus or bus parts maker
  • A bus repair shop
  • Road construction and repair companies
  • Bus passenger

Whoever is responsible for your accident, you can expect the team of bus accident lawyers at Bachus & Schanker to find out. 

Why Work With Bachus & Schanker?

We care about more than just getting you compensated. Your future matters at Bachus & Schanker. We want to see you find closure to your accident, as well as recover the funds you need to move forward.

You can count on us to listen to your concerns and answer your questions. We help ensure that you receive proper medical care, and our compassionate team works to take the stress of your claim off your shoulders by supporting you at every step.

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