Many of us depend on buses for transportation on a daily basis. For those of us who do not, we share the road with them frequently. A bus accident often results in serious injuries, perhaps even death.
Bus passengers, motorists, pedestrians, and others may need to pursue a personal injury claim after an accident to recover damages for their injuries. At Brooker Law, PLLC, our Dallas personal injury team is experienced in all types of bus injury claims and is prepared to help you obtain compensation for your injuries.
Pursuing a Texas Bus Accident Injury Claim
Unfortunately, numerous bus accidents occur every single year in Texas. How these claims are pursued depends largely on the ownership of the bus.
Pursuing a personal injury claim against a privately owned bus company proceeds similarly to a personal injury claim against an individual. Generally, the injured victim must show:
- The at-fault party owed the victim(s) a duty;
- The duty was breached when the at-fault party was negligent; and
- Due to the at-fault party’s negligence, the victim(s) suffered damages.
Each of these elements must be proven for an injured victim to prevail in a bus accident claim. If one of the elements cannot be proven, the claim fails—and the victim is not entitled to any damages from the at-fault party. It is important to have an attorney on your side who understands the detailed requirements of Texas personal injury claims.
Buses may also be owned by municipalities or school districts. Claims against these types of entities proceed a bit differently. Usually, a state’s torts claims act applies. The Texas Torts Claims Act allows private citizens to sue government entities for the negligent acts of their employees.
However, there are specific requirements that must be met to pursue a claim against a municipality. For example, before an actual lawsuit may be filed, the claimant usually must file an administrative claim against the appropriate entity first. If the claim is denied, the injured party has a short period of time to file a lawsuit.
How Do I Know Who is Responsible for My Injuries?
It can be difficult to know who is responsible for your injuries after a Texas bus crash. For example, did the bus company fail to keep its buses in good condition? Did the bus driver have a history of reckless driving? Our firm’s job is to identify all possible defendants in your claim and pursue legal action against them on your behalf. Our Texas bus accident attorneys have an excellent track record of success in these claims.
Compensation in a Bus Accident Claim
There are many different types of compensation available in a bus accident claim. Our attorneys will help you understand which types of compensation you are entitled to under Texas law. Your damages may include:
- Medical expenses, including the cost of future medical care
- Lost wages
- Loss of employment benefits
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium
- If a death has occurred, funeral and burial expenses may be claimed, in addition to the estimated value of the deceased’s future earnings
Other types of compensation may also be available. At Brooker Law, PLLC, we aggressively pursue all avenues of recovery for our clients to ensure they are fully taken care of after being injured in an accident.
After an Accident, Act Quickly to Secure Legal Representation
After you are injured in an accident, it is important to hire an experienced Texas personal injury attorney right away. At Brooker Law, PLLC, we begin working diligently on your claim from the moment you hire us. The sooner you hire an attorney, the more likely it is that you will obtain a favorable result in your case.
Call Dallas Personal Injury Firm Brooker Law, PLLC Today to Schedule a Free Consultation
At Brooker Law, PLLC, we treat our clients with the respect and dignity they deserve. We are not in a rush to move cases to get a paycheck—we make sure that your legal rights are thoroughly protected both during and after your case. To schedule your free consultation with our firm, contact or call (214) 217-0277 today.