Bus Accident Lawyers
Whether it’s for a faster commute or to personally combat climate change, more Americans are choosing public transit as a preferred mode of transportation. Despite their overall safety features, school buses, intercity buses and public rail systems are not immune to accidents. Both vehicle occupants and pedestrians can fall victim to a sudden collision.
If you are injured on a public transportation carrier, such as a bus, light-rail, subway, or school bus, you could be entitled to seek justice for your pain and suffering. Public transportation and national bus companies have large insurance and legal defense teams ready to protect the monetary interest of their companies. They will most likely offer a low-ball settlement. Hiring a personal injury attorney can make all the difference in getting the compensation you deserve.
How We Can Help
When you hire our dedicated team of personal injury attorneys, we will gather all the crucial evidence that can help prove liability and win your case. Over the years, we have successfully litigated for bus accident and truck accident victims, resulting in multi-million dollar verdicts.
Past Bus Accident Verdicts and Settlements
Our firm has built a strong reputation on reaching favorable settlements and verdicts for our clients. In a recent bus accident case, we secured a $4.1 million verdict for a husband and wife injured in a collision with a transit bus.
What Separates Bus & Car Accidents
Other than the size of the vehicles involved, bus and car accidents differ in terms of liability. In an auto accident, the drivers involved are liable in the event of injury. When the bus involved is a public transit carrier, the state is responsible for injuries to passengers.
On the other hand, major bus operators, such as Greyhound or Amtrak, are legally required to carry a multi-million-dollar liability insurance policy. If you are injured riding a bus in their fleet, most likely they will offer you a settlement at the lowest price-point possible. Often this amount is not nearly enough to cover the costs of a full recovery. This practice isn’t in the best interest of bus accident victims. For this reason, it is always a good idea to consult with an attorney before agreeing to or signing anything from another party’s insurance carrier.
Common Bus Accident Injuries
- Broken and/or dislocated bones
- Back sprains
- Neck strains
- Spinal cord trauma
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Wrongful Death
How to File a Bus Accident Claim
Accidents involving public transit have a very limited filing period: six months from the date of incident. This allows the government to investigate the incident and offer a settlement out of court. Missing the filing deadline means you forfeit the right pursue a lawsuit. Your file or claim must contain the following information:
- The name of the liable party or parties
- A detailed account of the time, place and circumstances of the accident
- The name and address of the person submitting the claim
Major National Bus Companies
- Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach is a national railroad passenger corporation that offers rail and bus routes throughout the contiguous United States.
- Coach USA provides a variety of transportation services, including intercity commuter, sightseeing, charter and school bus services.
- Greyhound is the most familiar long-distance bus company, having existed in the U.S. for over a century.
- Megabus is an intercity bus line owned by Coach USA and operating out of Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, New York, Toronto, Pittsburg, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., California and Nevada.
- Peter Pan Bus Lines operate along the Northeastern seaboard, owned by the Picknelly family since 1933.
Atlanta City Buses
If you have been injured in a bus or train wreck owned and operated by MARTA, or sustain injury while on MARTA property, you should seek the professional opinion of an attorney who understands the nuances of personal injury cases involving large vehicles. Claims against public entities and large corporations are complex, often involving teams of lawyers and bureaucratic red tape. You need a tenacious law firm that will fight for your rights and make sure justice is served against negligence.
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The Truck Accident Attorneys
The Truck Accident Attorneys at Fried Goldberg LLC devote at least 75% of their caseload to representing the victims of accidents involving tractor trailers and other commercial vehicles. Our extensive experience with the laws governing the trucking industry is the reason we are routinely successful at taking on trucking companies when someone is seriously injured.
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The Truck Accident Attorneys
The Truck Accident Attorneys at Fried Goldberg LLC devote at least 95% of their caseload to representing the victims of accidents involving tractor trailers and other commercial vehicles. Our extensive experience with the laws governing the trucking industry is the reason we are routinely successful at taking on trucking companies when someone is seriously injured.
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Our experienced attorneys have represented individuals who have been seriously injured. We are proud of the outstanding reputation we have within our industry and our track record of success, which sets us apart. In particular, we have recovered a total of nearly $350 million for our clients in the state of Georgia.