Massachusetts and Rhode Island Personal Injury Lawyers for Bus Accident Claims
As “common carriers,” private and public bus operators owe a duty to their passengers, fellow motorists, and pedestrians to drive safely and maintain their vehicles in good working condition. When a driver error or an issue with a bus causes an accident, the victims of that accident are entitled to receive financial compensation for their losses. Attorney Mike Bottaro and the experienced legal team at The Bottaro Law Firm have helped numerous clients obtain just compensation for bus-related accidents. Let us help you fight for the compensation you deserve.
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Experienced Representation for Bus Accident Victims
Injuries from bus accidents can range from relatively minor to life threatening. However, even minor injuries can lead to medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages. If you have been involved in a bus accident, we strongly recommend that you promptly seek both medical attention and legal representation so that you can make sure you receive the care and compensation to which you are entitled.
Bus riders are often particularly prone to suffering serious injuries in the event of an accident. Many buses lack adequate seatbelts (many don’t have any seatbelts at all), and with numerous passengers packed into close quarters, it is easy for many types of injuries to occur. Bus passengers commonly suffer injuries due to causes such as:
- Broken glass
- Colliding with other passengers
- Impact with seats and bus walls
- Shifting luggage
Drivers and Passengers of Other Vehicles
Due to their size, weight, and limited maneuverability, collisions involving buses often result in serious injuries for the drivers and passengers of the other vehicles involved. We represent clients who have suffered serious injuries in collisions involving:
- Bus driver negligence
- Bus rollovers
- Collisions with vehicles in bus blind spots
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Running red lights and stop signs
- Inadequate driver training or licensure
- Mechanical malfunctions
- Unsafe driving for weather conditions
Pedestrians and Bicycle Riders
In Boston, Providence, and other cities around Massachusetts and Rhode Island, pedestrians face the risk of being hit by a bus. Pedestrian and bicycle accidents occur with alarming frequency, and bus drivers and operators need to be held responsible for these serious – and often deadly – accidents. Not only can pursuing a claim help you recoup your losses, but it can also help deter similar accidents in the future.
If you have been hit by a bus, you may be entitled to compensation for losses including past and future medical expenses, lost wages, lost future earning capacity, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life. If someone you loved was killed in a bus accident, we can help you pursue a claim for wrongful death.
Seeking Compensation for Public Bus Accidents (MBTA and RIPTA Accidents)
Many of the buses on our roadways are operated by government agencies. MBTA buses and RIPTA buses all fall into this category. In order to seek compensation for municipal bus accidents, you need to follow special procedures. Our firm is familiar with the requirements involved in pursuing claims against the transportation authorities.
What to Do if You’ve Been Injured in a Bus Accident
If you have been injured in a bus accident, the most important thing you need to do is to seek medical attention right away. It is common for accident victims to begin to feel the effects of their injuries several days – maybe even weeks – after the accident. However, just because you initially feel fine does not mean that you are not injured. You may still have internal injuries that require prompt medical attention.
Once you’ve been to the doctor, the next thing you need to do is to start thinking about recovering for your losses. There are a few things you should keep in mind. First, do not speak to the insurance adjusters or anyone else involved with the accident. Not only will they try to get you to settle for far less than you are actually deserve, but they may also get you to make statements that can hurt your case.
Second, try to preserve and collect any evidence you may have relating to the accident. This may include police reports, photos on your phone, your medical bills, and any insurance or other information you exchanged with the other people involved in the collision. You should also take notes on everything you remember about the accident to help refresh your memory later.
Third, you should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. The case is going to get complicated quickly, and you will need someone on your side to advise you and speak with insurance companies and other lawyers on your behalf. The Bottaro Law Firm can help you stand up for your rights and fight for the compensation you deserve.
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Contact the Bottaro Law Firm for More Information
At The Bottaro Law firm, we are passionate about helping our clients receive just compensation. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a bus accident, call (866) 529-9700 or schedule a free consultation online today.