Clearwater Bus Accident Lawyers
Buses are among the safest and most economical transportation options for many people. Unfortunately, bus accidents still occur, and injured victims are usually left with catastrophic or deadly injuries. In fact, in 2018, there were 15,000 bus accidents in the U.S., and these crashes resulted in 25,000 injured people, according to the latest estimate by the FMCSA.
Were you or a loved one harmed in a bus accident? The top Clearwater bus accident lawyers of Tragos, Sartes & Tragos are here to help. If you have yet to discuss your case with our lawyers, here is some important information about bus accidents that you should know.
Damages You Can Recover in a Clearwater Bus Accident
While your PIP (personal injury protection), which is required for all drivers in Florida, will cover your medical bills and lost income, this is usually not enough to cover everything. Fortunately, you have all the right to seek compensation for various losses or damages from the at-fault party if you were injured in a bus accident. These damages usually reimburse you for the following losses:
- Medical Bills – Emergency services, future, past, and present medical treatments, hospital stays, doctor’s visits, medications, physical therapy, and/or long-term care, etc.
- Lost Earnings – Besides your wages, this might likewise include other work benefits you missed because of your injuries.
- Pain and Suffering – This includes both physical and mental or emotional pain you’ve suffered following the accident.
- Reduced Earning Capacity – Reduction or loss of wages due to reduced working hours, switching to a job with lower pay, or retirement because of the injuries you sustained in the bus accident.
- Loss of companionship – Including loss of sexual relations, intimacy, or marital benefits for spouses and/or support and care for younger children.
- Wrongful Death – Including loss of services, care, and financial support, burial costs, and funeral expense, etc.
Establishing Fault in a Clearwater Bus Accident
Multiple parties might be found legally liable in some bus crashes, such as:
- The driver of a school bus, public bus, tour bus, mini bus, coach bus, tour bus, etc. Drivers could be fatigued, intoxicated, or distracted and exercise poor judgment. They might also fail to obey traffic rules.
- The bus owner, company, manager, and/or operator for hiring a negligent or problematic driver, failing to provide proper driver training, or failing to ensure regular bus inspections or maintenance.
- The bus manufacturer for failing to test the safety and proper function of the bus before selling or using defective bus components.
- The bus component manufacturer for designing and manufacturing defective bus parts.
- Negligent government entities that operate public buses.
Learn How Our Top Clearwater Bus Accident Lawyers Can Help
If you suffered injuries in a Clearwater bus accident, please do not hesitate to reach out to us here at Tragos, Sartes & Tragos. Our top Clearwater bus accident lawyers offer free case reviews and consultations, which will allow you to get the answers you need about recovering compensation for your damages and learn about the best legal options for your case. To set up an appointment, call (727) 441-9030 or contact us online.