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:
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.
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.
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 adjustors 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.
We offer all injury victims and their families a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
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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.
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.