Experienced Atlanta Auto Accident Lawyers Willing to Fight for Your Rights
Bus accidents involve unique legal challenges. If the bus is owned by the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) then the case must be filed in accordance with laws applying only to that agency. If the bus is owned by a tour company, the correct defendant must be identified and notified, and litigation may involve a jurisdiction in another state. School bus accident defendants can include bus companies and school districts. All bus accident claims can involve legal issues relating to:
- Driver fatigue and inadequate driver training
- Maintenance issues
- Hiring and training issues
The Atlanta bus accident lawyers of Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance, PC have handled many motor vehicle and bus accident claims, and can provide the knowledge and aggressive legal help you need following bus-related injuries.
How Common are School Bus Accidents?
School bus accidents impact thousands of people every year, including pedestrians, bicyclists, and the occupants of passenger vehicles. According to the National Safety Council, the occupants of smaller vehicles sustain the highest number of injuries in school bus accidents, followed by the riders and drivers of school buses, pedestrians, and cyclists.
What are the Most Common Causes of Commercial Bus Accidents?
Common causes of commercial bus accidents include:
- Driver Negligence
- Inclement Weather
- Poorly Maintained Vehicles
- Blind Spots
The drivers of other vehicles, poorly maintained roads, and other factors beyond the control of the bus driver or company may also cause bus accidents.
How Long do I Have to File a Claim After a Bus Accident?
The statute of limitations for bus accident injuries in Georgia is two years. However, waiting to file a claim can complicate seeking compensation. Talking to one of our attorneys is the best way to protect your rights and seek total compensation for your damages when you are injured or a loved one is killed in a bus accident.
How is Liability Determined in a Bus Accident?
An investigation will need to be conducted to determine liability in a bus accident. At Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance, we work with various professionals to investigate every possible cause of bus accidents, helping to ensure all liable parties are discovered.
Possible liable parties include the bus company, the bus driver, the drivers of other vehicles, mechanics, parts manufacturers, and government entities. Identifying all negligent parties can help to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Can I Sue the City for a Bus Accident Injury?
When you are injured while riding on public transit, you may be entitled to hold the city, state, or federal government accountable. As with all aspects of bus accident claims, liability must be established before any action can be taken.
Holding a government agency responsible for injuries can be extremely difficult. Having an experienced lawyer on your side can help improve your chances of securing fair compensation.
We Are Willing to Fight for Your Full Compensation
Success in complex personal injury litigation requires knowledgeable legal help, an aggressive, result-oriented approach and the financial resources to fund what can be a lengthy and expensive legal process.
We focus our practice on fighting hard for each client with the goal of winning the full value of the claim, not the lower value that insurers would like to pay. We further serve clients' interests by advancing all litigation expenses until the end of the case so that clients do not face the burden of legal costs during their case. We are only reimbursed when the case is complete, and if we do not win the case, we will pay for all litigation costs. We represent clients throughout Georgia including Georgia, Savannah, Augusta, Columbus and Atlanta. We have also worked with clients in Chattanooga, TN.
If you need legal help following a bus accident, contact an attorney team made up entirely of lawyers who have earned the highest possible rating with Martindale-Hubbell* and who have all been selected for inclusion on Atlanta Magazine's Super Lawyers list. Contact Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance, PC at 404-760-7400.
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