Involved in a Bus Accident While Traveling

Whether you were involved in an accident while traveling as a bus passenger in Florida or if you were in another vehicle hit by a bus, the resulting injuries can be severe. Buses are usually not equipped with seatbelts or airbags and standing passengers can collide with one another on impact. Additionally, smaller vehicles involved in an accident with a bus risk extensive damage due to differences in size. 

An accident involving a bus can be treated differently than a car accident as there may be more than one liable party. Following a bus crash, it is important to educate yourself on your legal rights and options. A bus accident lawyer in Florida can explain all the rights and options available to you.

If you or a loved one were injured in a bus accident while traveling in Florida, a bus accident attorney can help. Call the Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato today at (954) 633-8270 to get started with a free case review. 

Steps to Take After Your Bus Wreck

The steps you take following your involvement in a bus crash can prove to be useful if you decide to pursue future damages. Consider taking the following courses of action: 

  • Seek Medical Attention. Even if your injuries from a resulting wreck are minor, many internal injuries can worsen over time. It is important to speak with a medical professional to check for injuries to your head, back, neck, and spine as soon as possible. It is recommended that you keep all documents regarding your injury so that you can keep records of your medical care and any evolving conditions. This can help us connect your injuries to your accident later, if necessary.
  • Document the Accident. If you are able, take photos and videos of the accident scene and damages. Obtain the names and contact information of witnesses, other passengers, the bus driver, and the bus company. Get the name and badge number of any police officers on the scene and speak directly to the reporting officer to make sure that your name and injuries are accounted for in the crash report. 
  • Consider Getting Legal Help. You may be eligible to pursue compensation for your damages after a bus accident. A bus accident lawyer Florida can help you understand your options for proceeding with a personal injury claim. 

The steps listed above are basic procedures you can take to ensure that your rights are protected following a wreck. Our bus accident lawyer can explain your legal options and help you understand the implications of your case. 

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Florida is a no-fault state, meaning that anyone injured in an accident must file a claim with their own insurance company, regardless of who caused the accident. If the cost of your damages is greater than your policy limits, you may be able to make a claim against the individual bus driver, the bus company, or whoever oversaw the general operation of the public transportation vehicle in question. 

Get Help from a Bus Accident Lawyer Today

If you or a loved one was injured or killed in a bus accident while traveling in Florida, you do not have to go through the legal process alone. To learn more about your rights and options, contact a bus accident attorney in Fort Lauderdale at the Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato for a free consultation today by calling (954) 633-8270.

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All across the country, children have been back in school for at least a month and students are starting to get settled back into the routine of yet another school year. One aspect of this routine for approximately 25 million American children is the ride to and from school on the school bus (http://www.americanschoolbuscouncil.org/issues/environmental-benefits). In many neighborhoods, the big yellow buses are ubiquitous. But what many parents dread is the thought of an accident involving a bus or an injury while their child is riding the bus. It is important to talk to your children about how to stay safe while riding on the bus. That’s why, every year, the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) sponsors a poster contest to help promote bus safety (http://www.napt.org/resources/national-school-bus-safety-week.php). But what should you do if your child is hurt on the bus due to an accident or negligence? It is important that you take the following steps to ensure that you and your child’s rights are not infringed upon.

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Types of Accidents

When you have several dozen children all crammed into one vehicle with often only one adult supervisor who is also busy driving the bus, then it can come as no surprise that accidents will happen (https://wolfandpravato.com/keeping-kids-safe-on-the-bus-what-you-should-know-about-school-bus-accidents/). Some of these can include students playing around in their seats being thrown to the ground if the bus has to come to a sudden stop. Also, the driver can be easily distracted having to calm down unruly students, leading to auto accidents with other vehicles. These accidents can also be complicated by the fact that school buses do not have seat belts in them. It is much easier for a child to be thrown forward without a restraint to hold him or her back.

How to Protect Your Child

The best thing you can do to keep your child safe on the bus is to impress upon him or her how important it is to listen to all of the directions of the bus driver. When the driver tells a child to sit down, it is imperative that the child does so. If they do not, this can distract the driver enough to cause an accident. Additionally, if the child is standing when an accident happens, then the child is more likely to be seriously injured. Also, children should know how to properly board and exit the bus, knowing not to run out into traffic and not to stand in a car’s blind spot. Finally, all school systems run regular drills to make sure that students know how to exit a bus in the event of an accident or similar calamity such as a fire on the bus. Buses have emergency exits at the rear of the bus and at the top of the bus to help students exit quickly and get to safety.

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What Happens If My Child Is Injured on a Bus

The first thing any parent should do is to make sure that your child gets the appropriate medical attention (https://wolfandpravato.com/florida-bus-accident-lawyers/school-bus/). In addition, you need to make sure to handle this like any other traffic accident—get the name of the bus driver, any other driver’s who might have been involved, and the name and contact information of any witnesses. In addition, you should contact a skilled personal injury attorney. School bus accident suits can be incredibly complicated because of a concept called “sovereign immunity,” a legal issue that allows government employees to be immune from being sued if they are performing their governmental duties. This doesn’t mean a lawsuit is impossible, especially if the driver was negligent. However, it does make it difficult. A claim can be proven if you can show that the defendant owed you a duty, such as keeping your child safe on the bus. If the duty was breached through negligence, such as by a bus driver who is texting while driving, then you can also further your claim. The final point to be proven is that the breach of this duty led to injuries suffered by your loved one. If all three of these are true, then the claim can go forward.

It takes a skilled attorney to bring such a suit and get you the justice that you and your family deserve. That is why the attorneys of Wolf & Pravato are here to offer you our decades of expertise. We can navigate the murky waters that surround such lawsuits to help you win your claim.

 

 

 

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Florida Bus Accident Rights

We always hear about the safety issues involved with major forms of transportation—cars, planes, and even motorcycles. All of these get mentions. But what about those who are injured in a bus accident involving a different form of transportation? According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), over 200 million passengers are carried in the United States each year on a bus, including public transit and charter buses. Of these trips on buses, there were about 1,000 that resulted in accidents in 2009 with 44 fatalities. If you have been involved in an accident involving a bus (either as a passenger or as a result of being struck by a bus), then you need to know all of the rules and regulations that may affect your potential to be compensated for your injury. The litigation process can be quite complex and it is important to be aware of all of your rights in such a case.

Who is Liable in a Bus Accident?

The first thing that you have to understand with these types of cases is the term “common carrier.” As far as the federal government is concerned, this means that the company is in the business to transport people from one place to another. (This is the same designation that is used for everything from cruise ships to taxis.) The common carrier designation applies for public transport buses, charter buses, and even school buses. This means that a bus driver who acts negligently, by driving too fast for conditions or operating the vehicle while intoxicated, can be held responsible for any injuries incurred as a result of the negligence. However, a bus driver who is acting reasonably but is hit by a negligent driver will not be held liable in court.

Types of Bus Accident Injuries

One of the more common aspects of bus accidents injuries occurs because the buses are not usually equipped with seat belts or airbags. Also, because of the different weight distribution on a tall bus, the probability of rolling over upside down is higher than it is with cars. In a high-velocity impact, the passengers can be tossed around the bus resulting in traumas such as broken bones. As with any type of vehicular accident, whiplash or similar traumas can also result when the neck is jerked suddenly, leading to a variety of medical problems such as back and neck pain and headaches. Finally, if the impact is great enough, the accident can lead to substantial brain injury and even death.

Special Considerations For Bus Accident Lawsuit

If a person is injured in a charter bus accident as a result of negligence on the part of the bus driver, then the lawsuit should be fairly straightforward. The injured party can sue both the driver and the company that he or she works for. These parties are required to carry a fairly high insurance policy to cover such accidents; as a result, the insurance company will probably move to settle the case out of court to prevent a higher payout from a jury. If you are injured as a result of a negligent driver striking the bus you are on, then you would file against that driver and also his or her insurance company. This will, again, probably result in a settlement because of the risk of a jury awarding an even higher payout to the plaintiff.

If You Injured in A Bus Accident Because of Negligence

If, however, you are injured because of negligence from a government bus driver such as a public bus or a school bus, then you will ultimately be bringing your lawsuit against the government (be it a city or county government). Then, you will file a claim directly with the government entity that is usually self-insured. It is important here to make sure that all government paperwork is handled properly and that time limits for filing are strictly adhered to as this may negatively impact your claim. Furthermore, some states not only have a statute of limitations but they may also have limits placed on settlements and jury awards.

Because of the tricky nature involved in filing against the government, it is imperative that you hire a law firm to represent you. This is not the type of undertaking you can make yourself. Additionally, you should find a law firm that is experienced in filing these sorts of claims.

Contact Our Bus Accident Lawyers at Wolf & Pravato:

The attorneys at the law offices of Wolf & Pravato have a great deal of experience in such matters and are very capable when it comes to assisting you. They will be happy to consult with you for free and give you an evaluation of your case and discuss your rights in this matter.

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In some personal injury cases, it may be necessary to file your claim against a government entity. Personal injury claims against the government may include accidents with some forms of public transit, such as a municipal bus. Slip and fall incidents at a government agency and dangerous roads also also examples of when a personal injury claim may need to be filed against the government. However, even though it is difficult to go up against the government in court, it is not impossible. If you’re taking on a government entity in a personal injury claim, it is important to obtain the assistance of a personal injury attorney from Wolf & Pravato.

While government entities at the local, state and federal levels have “sovereign immunity” that protects them in liability lawsuits, this does not mean that they are immune from all claims. Your personal injury attorney can help determine if you have a valid case against a government entity.

You should file a notice of claim as soon as possible after your accident. If you don’t know which branch of government can be held responsible for your accident, it is in your best interest to send notice to any agency you feel may be liable. Your claim notice should make the government aware that you sustained an injury. Be clear that you are filing this notice against a public body. Give a description of the time, place, and circumstance surrounding your accident and be sure to include your contact information so that the government entity may respond to your notice. Generally, the government will deny your claim. If this is the case, you may then file a lawsuit against the government entity in civil court.

In the state of Florida, you can have as little as 30 days from the date of your accident to file a personal injury claim, depending on the government entity you are filing against. Claims against the government have a filing deadline of anywhere between 30 and 180 days from the date of the accident. In order to file your claim on time and to ensure that your rights are protected, contact a personal injury attorney from Wolf & Pravato as soon as possible after your accident.

The complexity of claims against the government entity makes the hiring of an experienced personal injury attorney of the utmost importance. In addition to the time constraints that complicate the filing of your claim, you will be going up against government lawyers if your case goes to court. Do not go it alone. Contact the Personal Injury Law Firm of Wolf & Pravato. You can call us at 1-954-633-8270 or fill out our online contact form.

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