Tampa Bus Accident Attorneys
If you were injured due to a bus accident, you might have a claim. Our Tampa bus accident attorneys will fight the negligent party for your full recovery
If you have been seriously injured in a bus accident, we want to first and foremost say that we are very sorry that happened to you. There is nothing to describe the pain you might be in from the serious injuries you have suffered. It is, without a doubt, unimaginable. The worst part of these accidents is knowing that they could have been avoided had someone not acting negligently. We know how frustrating that may be for you. Had this person not swerved into traffic, rolled through a stop sign, or looked down at their phone, you may not be in the hurt that you are right now.
Here at Morgenstern & Herd, PLLC we are experienced Tampa bus accident attorneys. We have been handling cases just like yours for over 35 years. If you want a competent lawyer, please call our office today for a free consultation.
Determining the At-Fault Party
There are many reasons why a bus accident may happen. Some of them include:
- Over-tired driving
- Drunk driving or Driving while abilities impaired
- Under-trained drivers
- Improperly maintained bus
In the cases where there was a malfunction of the bus itself, you would be looking at bringing the claim against the manufacturing company as opposed to the bus driver. There may also be more than one person liable for your accident. If the malfunctioning bus was driven by a driver who was not properly trained, there may be two liable parties. If the bus and another driver shared fault for the accident, there would be two liable parties.
All of this should be investigated at the scene. It will also be investigated by the insurance companies as well as your very own attorney. What you want to avoid is having the blame wrongfully placed on you. When the police show up, you should not for any reason admit fault. You may think that you caused the accident, but upon further investigation, it proves that you are not. But if you tell the police you caused the accident, the insurance company can and absolutely will use that against you to barre you from getting compensation.
Finding out who is at fault for the accident is essential to getting the compensation that you deserve. Regardless of whether you were a passenger on the bus, a pedestrian, or a driver of a vehicle that the bus hit, you need help from an attorney to discover all liable parties.
Getting Your Rightful Compensation
Something that you need to be aware of if you want your rightful compensation is the statute of limitations. That is the time frame in which you must bring your claim or settle it. In Florida, you have 4 years from the date of the accident to file a claim.
Municipalities most likely have a shorter statute of limitations as the law tends to protect the government a little more. Therefore, it is essential that you act quickly. Do not hesitate to call our office. While you may have 4 years, it is best to bring your claim as quickly as possible as witness’s memories are an integral part of collecting evidence. If you wait even a month or so, the witnesses may have a different story to tell than they would have mere days after the accident. Certainly do not wait 3 years and 364 days, as we may be completely unable to help you at that point.
How to Avoid Making Mistakes
There are several things that you should be aware of if you want to have a successful bus accident claim. First, let’s talk about your injuries. If you haven’t seen a doctor yet, you absolutely need to. It’s best to get in as soon as you possibly can in order to have your injuries diagnosed, documented, and treated. IF you delay in seeing a doctor, it is going to make your attorney’s job harder when they try to tie your injury to your accident.
Particularly for passengers we see people get off the crashed bus and head to work with an Uber or a ride from someone they called. If you do this without first letting the bus company know that you were on the bus in the first place, they have no way to verify you were a passenger during the collision.
Next, you need to make sure that you don’t talk to the insurance companies about the accident. They do not need a statement from you when you’re in the hospital, potentially under the influence of pain medication following a surgery. They want to ask you questions about your accident, and they’ll ask them in a way that incriminates you.
When the insurance company comes calling, you can tell them that you have hired or will be hiring council and that all communications regarding the accident can go through your attorney. That’s what we’re here for. Don’t go at this alone; hire an experienced attorney.
Contact an Attorney Today to Get Your Rightful Compensation
If you were seriously injured in a bus accident, you should call an experienced personal injury attorney. Our Tampa bus accident attorneys have handled these types of cases for decades and we are here to fight for your rights. You deserve compensation for your injuries and damages and you don’t need to take on the insurance companies by yourself. Let us handle them while you focus all your energy on healing and getting better.