Your Bus Accident Lawyers
Bus travel is an easy and economical way to get to work or travel for many people. More than 750 million passengers take the bus annually in the U.S.
There are more than 35,000 buses on the road, including tour, sightseeing, charter, shuttle, and commuter services. Bus accidents can lead to severe injuries and, in some cases, death.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 67,000 bus crashes occurred in 2017, which is more than 183 bus accidents a day. During the periods monitored by the FMCSA, there were an average of 257 bus accident-related fatalities annually, and 13,750 bus accident-related injuries per year. During the same period, there was an average of 50,000 bus-related accidents per year that caused property damage.
After a bus accident, the priority of the driver, their employer, and their insurance company is to protect their assets – not help you. This is why it is so important for your recovery and financial health to seek the advice of an experienced bus accident lawyer like Sweet James immediately after an accident.
HOW DOES THE INSURANCE CLAIM PROCESS WORK?
You’re not in good hands, and they’re not looking out for you – insurance companies are looking out for themselves.
An insurance adjuster has no incentive to treat you fairly. Their “job well done” is spending as little as possible to settle your insurance claim. There are many tactics adjusters will use, but their motivation is universal – to deny, delay, and devalue your claim. This behavior by insurance companies places a serious financial burden on their policyholders.
These are some of the largest and most powerful companies in the world. They use their resources to increase profits. You need a Sweet James bus accident attorney looking out for you. Studies done by insurance companies show that accident injury victims with attorneys get 40% more money than those without attorneys.
We’ve built our firm on the values embraced by Main Street – not Wall Street. At Sweet James, our goals and yours are perfectly aligned. Our success is based on your success. It is in our interest to get you the best results possible.
With our bus accident attorneys in your corner, you can rest assured that your insurance claim is in the hands of professionals. Let us take care of the details so that you can get back to the more important things in life.
HOW DO BUS ACCIDENT CONTINGENCY FEES WORK?
Contingency fees are used most often in personal injury lawsuits or worker’s compensation cases where money is being claimed. According to the American Bar Association, a client pays contingency fees to a bus accident attorney only if the attorney handles the case successfully.
In a contingent fee arrangement, the bus accident attorney agrees to accept a fixed percentage of the amount of money finally paid to the client. If you win the case, the bus accident attorney’s fees come out of the money awarded to you. If you lose, neither you nor the bus accident attorney will get any money and you will not be required to pay your attorney for the work they do on the case.
Sweet James bus accident attorneys only get paid if you win
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO FILE A BUS ACCIDENT CLAIM?
It’s important to remember that state laws impose a time limit on your bus accident lawsuit. Accident victims must use the appropriate timetable to seek compensation for medical bills, lost income, vocational rehabilitation, physical pain, and emotional suffering, called the “statute of limitations.” This limit can be as brief as 180 days, or as long as two years.
The advice and guidance of an experienced bus accident attorney can help.
WHAT TO DO AFTER A BUS ACCIDENT?
As the use of public transportation increases, so do serious accidents and fatalities. Bus accidents can cause devastating injuries and loss of life. After a bus accident, protect yourself and preserve your claim for compensation:
Obtain immediate medical attention.
Contact the police and ensure that a police report is filed.
Gather evidence, photos, and witness contact info.
Reach out to a Sweet James bus accident lawyer
WHAT ARE THE COMMON CAUSES OF BUS ACCIDENTS?
Many bus crashes and related injuries are caused by negligence on the part of the bus driver or bus company. Common causes include:
About 80% of bus crashes are due to driver error.
Poor Bus Maintenance (bald tires, worn brakes, etc.)
Poor Safety Training/Policies
Even if the bus driver was at fault, the bus company and their insurance company may deny responsibility for your injury claim.
If you or a loved one is injured in a bus accident, whether as a passenger on the bus or as a driver or passenger in a vehicle struck by a bus, you need a Sweet James bus accident attorney fighting for you.
WHAT ARE BUS ACCIDENT INJURIES?
A bus accident can lead to serious injuries that change your life with huge medical bills, pain and suffering, future medical treatment, and loss of wages.
Bus accident injuries often result in surgery, extensive rehabilitation, severe disfigurement, and even lifelong pain management. Examples of bus accident injuries are:
Back, shoulder, and neck injuries
Organ damage and internal bleeding
Spinal cord injuries
Traumatic brain injuries
Permanent loss or consequential limitation of use of a body organ, member, function, or system.
Even if your injuries are irreversible, an experienced Sweet James bus accident attorney ensures your suffering is not. A fair settlement means you get extensive medical treatment and pain management.
If your quality of life is anything short of 100%, you deserve compensation.
PUBLIC BUS ACCIDENTS
Although most people who ride public buses do so without incident, those that are unfortunate enough to be involved in a bus accident can sustain catastrophic injuries. Many public buses do not have seatbelts, and on overcrowded buses, riders may have to stand while holding onto railings or straps. Under these conditions, a crash can throw riders into other passengers, against the walls, seats, and railings of the bus, or may completely eject them from the bus.
Motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists, traveling the same streets with city buses are at great risk because buses are much bigger and heavier. When buses hit other vehicles, they can cause significant property damage and bodily injuries.
City bus drivers often work long hours driving the same route several times during their shift rendering them susceptible to fatigue.
Many cities or state agencies that operate public buses, may have a special set of laws to govern legal claims arising from public bus accidents. For this reason, if you or a loved one is injured in a public bus accident, contact a Sweet James public bus accident attorney immediately.
SCHOOL BUS ACCIDENTS
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), school buses are the safest vehicles on the road, and children are safer taking a bus to school than they are traveling by car. However, school bus accidents kill and injure a number of children each year. School bus accidents can cause serious injuries, including spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and serious soft tissue injuries that result in permanent scars and disfigurement.
As with public buses, motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists, traveling the same streets with school buses are at great risk because school buses are much bigger and heavier, and they can cause significant property damage and bodily injuries.
Wherever a school bus is operated by a public school district, the rules regarding claims against public entities mentioned above may apply. Victims of public-school bus accidents should contact a Sweet James school bus accident lawyer immediately.
Crashes involving privately operated school buses typically proceed just like any other personal injury case involving private parties.
WILL HIRING A BUS ACCIDENT ATTORNEY MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
As the leading bus accident law firm with over 20 years of experience, Sweet James has helped a number of bus passengers who were injured in accidents. Sweet James and his dedicated team of bus accident attorneys will fight to get you the maximum compensation after your bus accident injury. By holding all parties liable for failing in their duty of care to keep you, the passenger, safe, Sweet James will ensure that you are able to recover in full.
In the case of accidents that result in catastrophic injuries, it is critical to retain a personal injury lawyer who is experienced in representing victims of serious injuries.
WHY CHOOSE SWEET JAMES BUS ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS?
We expect to win every case! We take your injury personally, and we treat you and your family like our own.
Sweet James bus accident attorneys know the games that insurance companies play and the tactics that are used against our clients. Before founding Sweet James, James defended insurance companies against injury claims. Knowing their playbook has made James an especially persuasive advocate in bus accident lawsuits.
From start to finish, our strategy revolves around you. Developing a relationship with our clients to understand your loss and protect your interests is the cornerstone of our mission.
We know how to do it, and we are very, very good at our jobs. While our compassionate bus accident attorneys focus on maximizing the amount of money you get from your claim, you can focus on getting better.
WHAT WILL MY BUS ACCIDENT INJURY CLAIM BE WORTH?
Bus accident claims are complex. It is almost impossible for an untrained person to determine the real value of their claim. After a free, no-obligation consultation, our team will help you to immediately determine your next steps. Your health is a priority, and you should not struggle to pay your medical bills while focusing on your wellness.
With a 98% success rate, Sweet James is confident that our bus accident legal team has the knowledge and skills needed to get you the results you are hoping for. Paying no fees unless we win your case, this is the bus accident lawyer you want fighting by your side after a bus crash.
RESULTS YOU CAN TRUST
Accidents, personal injuries, and wrongful death are more than just insurance claims. For Sweet James and his experienced team, it is about making things right. Our aim is to do more than simply win your case; we have made it our mission to maximize your recovery. We want to give each of our clients peace of mind and a springboard to their future.
Visit our Results Page to hear from Actual Clients, read Actual Client Reviews, and see recent recoveries from over $500 million dollars we have recovered for accident victims.
Don’t let an insurance company stall or devalue your claim – contact a Sweet James bus accident injury lawyer immediately after getting injured in a bus accident.
BUS ACCIDENT NEWS
As a public service, Sweet James posts vehicle accident news daily. Visit our Accident News pages. If you get injured in a bus accident, you can get justice from a Sweet James bus accident attorney.
FREE POLICE REPORTS
Sweet James hopes that you never have to experience the inconvenience, pain, and cost of an accident. However, if you are ever in an accident, now you can obtain a free copy of your accident police report.
Open any Car Accident News Article to access the Free Police Report request form.