If you have been hurt in a bus accident, you should know right away that the company representatives you talk to probably don’t have your best interests in mind—and they will take advantage of you if they think you are uninformed, unprepared, or unsure about your rights. Our legal team has represented many victims of bus accidents, and we can say that it is likely that you have already been approached by bus company representatives, asked to sign forms, asked to call a special hotline, or asked to give a statement.
Protect your legal rights to get the compensation you deserve.
The bus company will have highly trained attorneys and insurance adjusters at the scene, already working to reduce the potential costs against the company. Their response can be so immediate that some victims end up accidentally giving up their rights while they are still in shock from the accident. Don't lose your right to a fair recovery. After a serious bus accident, it's important for victims to do the following:
- Get medical attention. Don’t wait to see a doctor. Your health is a priority and you will need the initial documentation of your injury if you pursue compensation for your medical bills later on. If it's determined that the bus company is liable, they will be responsible for paying your doctors and other health care providers for your treatment costs and there is no limit on how much the bus company must pay to your doctors. In addition, you are entitled to receive compensation for the future medical treatment needed to address your injuries.
- Do not agree to give a recorded statement. Bus companies frequently send their claims investigators to a bus crash site or to the hospital where bus passengers have been transported in an attempt to get the victims to give a "recorded statement." The bus company investigators act like this will benefit the injured passenger, but that is far from the truth. The only purpose of the recorded statement is so the bus company can try to eliminate or minimize the injured person's claim. You are not required to give a recorded statement for any purpose. If you are asked to give one, simply refuse.
- Do not agree to sign any forms. Bus company representatives often ask the injured to "sign a few forms." The bus company is simply trying to get you to sign forms that will allow them to pull every medical, employment, or other record on you for your entire lifetime. Or, even worse, they are asking you to sign a "release" in which you will sign away your legal rights, forever. Nothing good can come out of signing forms provided by the bus company. If they ask you to sign forms, simply refuse.
You need an experienced bus accident attorney on your side.
If you have questions and need answers about how to handle bus company representatives or insurance adjusters after a bus accident, don’t wait another minute to get clear and accurate information about your rights from an attorney who really knows this business. Our founding partners, Vuk Vujasinovic and Brian Beckcom, have handled many high profile injury cases against Greyhound. We can help you analyze the evidence related to the crash and better understand your legal options.
Bus accident lawsuits are complex.
You have several options when filing a lawsuit after being seriously injured in a bus crash. The safety rules that bus drivers and bus companies are required to follow allow you to name nearly everyone who contributed to your injury. Any person or business that violated these rules can, and should, be held accountable.
In Texas and most other states, bus drivers and bus companies are held to a very high standard of care because they are "common carriers" who typically transport passengers over long distances. This is called the common carrier rule and is a higher standard of care than "negligence," which is the standard in most vehicle accident cases.
- If the bus driver was at fault, then you can name the driver in your lawsuit. This might apply, for example, if he or she directly caused your accident, was drunk or on drugs at the time of your accident, or fell asleep at the wheel.
- If the bus driver was at fault, you can typically sue the driver's employer. It was the employer's responsibility to ensure that the vehicle was maintained properly and your driver was qualified to operate the bus safely.
- Sometimes, the owner of the bus will be different from the management company or the driver's employer. Depending on the factors in your case, you might name multiple people and companies as defendants in your lawsuit.
- Sometimes, other vehicles or companies may be involved. For example, if a Greyhound bus is rear-ended by a FedEx truck, deciding who is responsible for passenger injuries can be complex.
There are many more potential contributing factors that are taken into consideration after a serious bus accident. You can learn more by discussing your case with an experienced attorney, who can investigate your case and tell you who is responsible for your injuries.
Did Greyhound say they would pay your hospital bills after the bus wreck?
Our client, who was catastrophically injured when a Greyhound bus crashed into the back of an 18-wheeler on I-80 in Pennsylvania on October 9, 2013, was justifiably concerned about who would pay her hospital bills that kept getting larger and larger every day. Someone at the hospital told her that Greyhound said they would "take care of" her bills.
We have seen Greyhound use this tactic in prior bus accident cases. They will make you think they are going to pay all of your medical bills, no matter what. This gets your guard down and makes you think you may not need to hire a lawyer—and this is when Greyhound pounces.
Do you really believe Greyhound is just going to pay all of your hospital bills? No way. Once they get what they want from you in terms of diluting or ruining your claim, then they start nit-picking your medical bills. They will claim the prices are too high, that some of the services were not necessary, and find a ton of other excuses to avoid paying your full hospital bills. At the end of the day, you are left owing perhaps half of your hospital bill—which could amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars—and Greyhound walks away with ammunition to destroy your claim once you hire an attorney and file suit.
The best thing you can do right now is this: find a qualified attorney to handle your case against Greyhound.
Our law firm has a history of successfully handling lawsuits against Greyhound. We are nationally recognized lawyers, with a reputation for getting maximum compensation for passengers injured in Greyhound bus accidents.
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What company tricks to watch out for after you've been hurt in a bus wreck
The first thing Greyhound does after one of its buses crash is make all of the passengers fill out a card called a "C-4." The card calls for information as to how and why the bus crashed, and whether passengers were injured. In a lawsuit about the accident, if the cards contain information helpful to Greyhound, then its lawyers will disclose the documents. However, if the C-4 statements are not helpful to Greyhound - for example, they all say it was the bus driver's fault and a lot of passengers were injured - then Greyhound's lawyers will try to hide the statements.
For those passengers indicating an injury on the C-4 form, Greyhound insurance specialists will sit down with them and take a lengthy "recorded statement." This is usually a lengthy question / answer session. The Greyhound claims person is trained to make the passenger say things that will hurt their case later on, so Greyhound can use the statement against the passenger in litigation. We always advise those injured in vehicle accidents to not give a recorded statement.
Soon after the wreck, Greyhound will approach any passengers claiming an injury and offer them a very low amount of money to settle their case. If any passenger accepts this money, they will be forever barred from trying to collect any more money from Greyhound. It is always a good idea to at least talk to an injury lawyer or two before deciding whether to accept a settlement offer from Greyhound.
Once the lawsuit is under way, Greyhound and its lawyers resort to many of the typical tactics use by insurance companies involved in litigation. For example:
- Greyhound will delay the case in every way it can. Greyhound's lawyers will hire paid experts to say the crash was not the bus driver's fault -- no matter what the evidence is -- even if the independent investigating officer cites the Greyhound bus driver.
- Greyhound will hire paid experts to say none of the passengers were injured - no matter what the evidence is - even if independent doctors report otherwise.
The bottom line is this: if you have suffered a serious injury in a Greyhound bus accident, you should consult with an experienced injury lawyer as soon as possible to protect your rights and get the compensation you deserve.
How to hire the right attorney for your bus accident claim
If you have been hurt in a bus accident, you will need an experienced attorney fighting on your side. The driver will likely be protected by company lawyers, who are paid vast sums to protect the company from paying out bus accident settlements - and unlike those company lawyers, you’ve never done this before.
So how can you choose an attorney with the best chance of getting you the help you need?
- Check case results. See what kind of cases the attorney has handled before. Does he have experience winning complex injury cases? Had he ever taken on larger law firms, or only simple disputes between neighbors? These factors can make a difference in your case.
- Call for a consultation. You can learn a lot about an attorney from the first phone call. Before you make a face-to-face appointment, set up a consultation call with one of the firm’s attorneys. He should listen intently, answer your questions, give his honest legal opinion, and both the call and the consultation should be free.
- Read testimonials. Attorneys should value their client’s opinions, and welcome their input on their legal services. Check for client testimonials to find out your attorney’s strengths and weaknesses, and do an internet search for any off-the-radar ratings.
- Make sure the firm takes a contingency fee. A good injury attorney will not take any money from you unless he wins your case. Contingency fees are legal fees that are paid with a percentage of your settlement, so if you don’t win your case, you pay the attorney nothing.
You may be afraid that hiring a lawyer will be just another hassle, however we know how much of a hassle trying to settle your bus injury claim on your own will be. We know that you’ve been through enough: from the moment you become a client, we work to get you the best result possible in the shortest amount of time.
Get answers now. Contact VB Attorneys for a free legal consultation.
You need answers and you need them now. You have medical bills, you're being asked to sign documents, and you might be missing work because of your injuries. Like Greyhound, most bus companies have a lot of experience defending themselves against injury claims and have highly trained adjusters doing everything they can to protect the company's interests. You need someone on your side doing the same for you. With the right attorney, these types of claims can often amount to significant amounts of money.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of a bus accident, please call VB Attorneys at 877-724-7800 to discuss your case with one of our nationally recognized attorneys. Get the answers you need to make the best decisions for you, your family, and your future.