If you or a loved one has been injured in a Dallas-Fort Worth area bus accident, you need someone looking out for you and fighting for every dime you deserve. Contact Montgomery Law today at 214-720-6090 for a free consultation.
Did you know that the number of fatal accidents involving large trucks and buses has increased by an astounding 29 percent over the past decade? In fact, according to new data released by the FMCSA, over 2,000 Americans were involved in bus accidents in 2016 alone.
These crashes resulted in countless personal injuries and at least 264 wrongful deaths. The vast majority (~74%) of these crashes involve school buses or transit buses, bus they also frequently involve intercity buses such as those run by Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART).
When you hear of a bus accident, you likely first think of the passengers. While passengers are often injured in these crashes, they are far from the only victims. Bicycles, pedestrians, and other drivers can also sustain injuries from a bus accident. Due to their large size in comparison to other vehicles on the road, resulting injuries are often significant.
If you’ve been hurt or someone you love has been killed in a Dallas bus crash, our law firm is here to help you seek the justice and compensation you deserve. The team at Montgomery Law has spent years fighting for victims’ rights. We understand these types of claims inside and out, and we never charge for our services unless we win your case.
We’ve spent years handling claims against negligent drivers and transportation companies, and our record proves that our team can stand up to anyone. Call the Dallas bus accident attorneys at Montgomery Law today for a free consultation at 214-720-6090 (local) or 1-833-720-6090 (toll-free).
Just like any motor vehicle collision, bus accidents can be caused by a variety of factors. The vast majority of these crashes are caused by driver negligence, but in some instances, a third-party may be also hold liability.
Human error (often a result of negligence) is the most-common cause of all car accidents. Driver negligence can include things such as:
In some cases, the bus companies themselves may be liable for failing to adequately vet their drivers (background check, drug screening, etc.), or failing to properly maintain their fleet. In rare instances, the accident may have been caused by defective equipment, which would mean that you likely have a product liability claim against the manufacturer.
In order to recover compensation in any accident claim, you must be able to satisfy the following four elements of your case: duty, breach, causation, and damages. Specifically, you must show that:
- The defendant owed a duty of care to you.
- He or she did not uphold that duty of care.
- The failure to uphold this duty of care caused the bus accident.
- You suffered injuries due to the crash.
It’s important to understand that every motorist on the road has a duty of care to all the other motorists. Bus drivers are part of the public service industry, so they are held to an even-higher standard. If someone does something as simple as running a stop sign, he or she has failed to uphold that duty of care. If that negligent act led to an accident, then you have likely satisfied the first two elements of your case.
Proving causation is also vitally important, because the burden is on you to show that the defendant’s negligence actually caused your injury. If, for instance, the accident was caused by a tire blowout, your claim may actually be against the trucking company or tire manufacturer. Failing to include all potential liable parties can result in your entire claim being dismissed.
Proving damages is arguably the most-important part of your claim, and many types of damages (such as pain and suffering) can be very subjective. It is best to complete treatment when possible before making any official demand, and to follow your attorney’s advice. You deserve to be compensated for all of your related damages, including medical bills, property damage, expected future medical expenses, lost wages, and more.
If a spouse, parent, or child was killed in a Dallas bus accident, your family may have a wrongful death claim. These types of claims serve to compensate the victim’s family for their related losses, such as mental anguish, loss of familial income, loss of love or companionship, and much more.
Not only does hiring a lawyer give you a much greater chance at a successful recovery, it makes the entire process much easier on you. You should be focused on your family and health following a personal injury, not on gathering evidence and fighting with the insurance company.
At Montgomery Law, our attorneys will look out for your best interests every step of the way. This begins with your initial consultation, and will continue throughout the entire process. We can ensure that you receive the medical treatment you need, and can handle all communication with the insurance company moving forward.
Our Dallas bus accident lawyers work on a no-win no-fee basis, which means we don’t get paid unless you do. Call us today at 214-720-6090 (local) or 1-833-720-6090 (toll-free), and let us fight to get you the money you deserve.