St. Petersburg Bus Accident Lawyers
For those who don’t have or want a car, bus transportation can be very convenient. It is also cost-efficient. What we don’t normally think about when we step on a bus is everything that can go wrong. Unfortunately, if you have found your way here, you have probably experienced what can go wrong. Bus accidents can be devastating and leave you regretting making a trip that particular day. Once you read a little bit about your bus accident claim, do not hesitate to contact us to set up a free consultation.
Avoid Talking to the Insurance Company
The liable party’s insurance company will be reaching out to you shortly after the accident to ask you for a recorded statement. It is not in your best interest to give them a statement. They are trained to ask you questions in a way that will force you to answer highly unfavorably. Anything you say to them, even if you think you’re helping your case, can be used against you to reduce or eliminate your claim.
Common Types of Injuries
In a bus accident a lot can go wrong. You can hurt yourself getting on the bus or you can be a passenger when it gets into a collision. The most common types of bus accident injuries are:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Fractures or broken bones
- Internal organ damage
- Spinal cord injury
The list continues, but you should know that the most important thing you can do for yourself if you suspect you have been injured is to see a doctor. You may not realize right away that you are hurt because there is often a lot of adrenaline running through people’s bodies when they get hurt, but you should seek the attention of a medical professional anyway. They will be able to tell you exactly what treatment you may need and if you are open and honest with your doctor, you can avoid your conditions worsening down the road.
Important First Steps After the Accident
Of course medical attention takes precedent over everything and you should get on an ambulance if need be. If you are, however, able to stay on the scene, you should do what you can to collect evidence form the scene of the accident. There may be another vehicle involved and witnesses that saw the accident. You should take photos of all of it, including the injuries, road surrounding the accident, and the vehicles. You will also want to get contact information from the witnesses and all drivers involved.
If you are a passenger on the bus, do not get off the vehicle until you have given your contact information to the driver or bus company. You want to make sure you have record of your being there. You may even give your name to the officer if they are called on the scene. What you should absolutely never do is admit fault. If you collided with a bus, or fell on the steps, do not say that you are to blame for the accident. You very well may not be at fault, but saying you are can ruin a claim.
How Bus Accident Compensation Works
Florida follows the rules of pure comparative negligence which means that you can be given compensation even if you are deemed to be mostly at fault. The catch is that you will have a reduction to your compensation for however much you are blamed for the accident. If, for instance, you were deemed to be 20% at fault and you were awarded $10,000, you would be able to take $8,000 of that award. The only way to be completely barred from compensation is to be 100% at fault for the accident, which, if you were the passenger on a bus, is most likely impossible. We will do everything in our power to prevent you from getting any percentage of the blame for this accident so that you can get full and fair compensation.
Florida Statute of Limitations
In Florida, if you want to successfully file a bus accident claim, you have to have everything prepared, brought, or settled within four years from the date of your accident. You should never wait to bring your claim. It is always advisable to do it right away. The earlier you start the process, the fresher your witnesses’ memories are and the more you can preserve your evidence.
Call Our Office Today for a Free Consultation
If you are looking for an experienced St. Petersburg bus accident attorney to take on your case, please call our office today to set up a free consultation. We will fight hard against the liable party’s insurance company to get you the compensation that you deserve. You are a priority to us.