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North & South Carolina Bus Accident Lawyer

North & South Carolina Bus Accident Lawyer

Bice Law Helps Bus Accident Victims Recover Compensation for their Injuries

Firefighters standing in front of burned-out and damaged truckEvery day, thousands of people throughout the Carolinas use buses for transportation. For some people, riding a school bus or a city bus may be part of their regular daily commute. Others may utilize charter buses or motor coaches to facilitate a one-time trip to a destination near or far.

While the vast majority of bus trips go off without a hitch, when buses get into accidents, people can be seriously injured. Buses weigh significantly more than most other vehicles on the road, making them capable of causing extremely serious damage when they are involved in collisions. In addition, buses often carry dozens of passengers, who are all at risk of serious injury if the bus gets into an accident. As a result, bus accidents often involve many more injuries than other crashes.

At Bice Law, we understand how devastating bus accidents can be and do everything possible to make sure that our clients get the compensation to which they are entitled. To schedule a free case evaluation with a North & South Carolina bus accident lawyer, call our office today or contact us online.

Bus Accidents and Injuries

Each bus accident is a unique situation and can result in injuries to numerous people. Some bus accidents happen in the following ways:

  • A bus driver crashes into another vehicle
  • Another vehicle crashes into the bus
  • A bus driver crashes into a fixed object
  • Part of the bus malfunctions and causes the bus driver to lose control
  • The bus encounter a road hazard and the driver loses control
  • The bus gets “tripped” on a curb or takes a turn too fast and rolls over onto its side

Because of the height of a bus, rollover accidents are particularly common. Bus passengers rarely wear seatbelts, so they can easily tumble on top of one another in an accident, especially in a rollover crash. Some common bus accident injuries include:

Many bus accident injuries can have lasting and costly effects, so you should always explore your right to hold negligent parties liable for your injury-related losses.

Liability in Bus Accidents

Determining liability is bus accidents can be more complicated than it is in wrecks involving only privately owned vehicles. This is because there are typically more parties whose negligence could have caused the accident. Here are some of the parties that could potentially be held liable for a bus wreck in North or South Carolina:

  •         The bus driver
  •         The bus driver’s employer
  •         The company responsible for operating the bus
  •         The government agency responsible for operating the bus
  •         The bus manufacturer
  •         Other motorists
  •         The party responsible for the design or maintenance of the road on which the accident occurred

As a bus accident victim, it’s important to understand that if your claim might be against a public transportation agency (such as the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) or a public school district, you have a very limited amount of time in which to file a claim. For this reason, it’s critical that you speak to a lawyer as soon as you can. If you wait too long to start the process, you can lose your right to recover compensation at all.

Protecting Your Rights after a Serious Bus Accident

The aftermath of a bus accident is often chaotic, especially if the bus rolled over, which is common. Many passengers may be injured and in need of medical attention, others may be in shock, and you may not know what to do. The following are some steps you can take to protect yourself and your legal rights:

  • Call 911 and get checked out by emergency medical technicians
  • If you need an ambulance, go with the EMTs
  • If you can remain at the scene, speak with law enforcement officers and tell them anything unusual you noticed before the accident
  • If you did not need an ambulance, you should still get a full medical evaluation as soon as possible at your doctor’s office or the emergency room
  • If medical professional diagnose any injuries, follow their instructions and treatment plan to the letter
  • If your injury keeps you from working, stay home and keep notes of your hours or days missed, as well as your pain level and limitations
  • If insurance adjusters call you, do not offer any more information than necessary, such as your name and contact information. Do not agree to a recorded statement.
  • Do not believe insurance adjusters when they say you do not need an attorney’s help
  • Call a highly experienced bus accident lawyer as soon as possible, so they can evaluate your rights and begin representing you to insurers

At Bice Law, we regularly represent injured victims in all types of vehicle accidents. We handle cases involving complex legal issues and catastrophic injuries, so never worry that your claim is too serious for our firm. Call today to learn more.

Call Bice Law Today to Speak with a North & South Carolina Bus Crash Lawyer

If you have been injured in an accident involving a bus, you should speak to a lawyer as soon as you can. A Bice Law, we offer free, no-obligation consultations during which an attorney will review the facts of your case and let you know whether you have a claim. We’re committed to making sure our clients obtain the compensation they deserve and will never collect legal fees unless we successfully recover compensation on your behalf. Don’t hesitate to schedule your free case evaluation! Call today at 803-639-8777 (SC) or 704-243-8778 (NC) or contact us online.