Serving Austin, Texas
Given the size and weight of most types of busses, a collision involving a much smaller occupant vehicle can easily cause devastation.
Whether you are the injured passenger of a bus or the injured passenger of another vehicle involved in a bus collision, you may be able to pursue maximum compensation in a claim handled by the experienced Austin, TX, lawyers at Shaw Cowart.
What Are the Common Causes of Bus Accidents?
Like all motor vehicle accidents, there are many ways a bus accident may occur. In claims handled by our personal injury lawyers, we are dealing with crashes caused by negligence, which is the failure to exercise reasonable care. Examples of negligence that can cause a bus accident include:
- Drunk driving
- Inadequate training
- Bad hiring practices
- Defective bus parts
- Inadequate bus maintenance
- Lack of city road maintenance
- Lack of road signage, such as clearance warnings above tunnels
In these situations, identifying the cause is not always as simple as pointing the finger at a careless bus operator. The source of carelessness could be traced all the way back to the manufacturer of a defective mechanical component, for example. It takes the skill and experience of a qualified attorney to first determine who is responsible, and then to pursue compensation from this party.
What is the Statute of Limitations for Bus Accident Cases in Austin, TX?
In Texas, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury claim. There may be extenuating circumstances, and you should not discourage yourself from contacting our attorneys based on the statute of limitations. There may be factors in your case that shorten or extend this timeline, including whether someone died as a result of the accident, and whether the collision involves a state or city employee. You should contact us as soon as possible to find out what the options are in your case, given the timeline of events.
Who Should I Speak to First Following a Bus Accident Case?
After reporting the crash to the police and getting medical care, you should contact our attorneys. Insurance companies tend to want to close out cases as quickly and cheaply as possible, and you are likely to hear from them soon after the accident. While you should certainly report the accident to your insurer, don’t accept any settlements until you speak to our attorneys. You may be due much more compensation than their initial offer. We know how to calculate the potential damages in our clients’ cases to ensure settlement offers are fair.
What Kind of Evidence Should I Collect?
While our attorneys do all of the heavy lifting in the case, there may be times that we ask you to bring us certain documents or other items to support your claim. Examples include:
- Medical bills
- Records related to diagnoses and recommended treatments
- Vehicle repair bills
- Pictures of your injury, the vehicles, the scene, or other images that may be relevant
- Eyewitness contact information
- Any emails, texts, or other correspondence with the bus company, insurance company, or other relevant parties
You can rely on us to keep the lines of communication open. We will make sure you are part of the process and that you have the opportunity to help your case whenever possible.
How Can I Prepare for My Case in Court?
Many bus accident claims are settled outside of the courtroom, in negotiations that occur before a court date or while the trial is ongoing. If a case does go to court, our experienced trial attorneys are prepared to represent the case assertively and competently. We will make sure you know how to prepare if the situation arises, but rest assured that we handle all aspects of the case while you focus on getting on the path to recovery from your injury.
In the meantime, here are a few steps to take now:
- Arrange a consultation with our attorneys
- Keep a journal so that you can jot down anything you remember about the accident
- Keep track of your medical expenses and what your doctor tells you about your injuries
What Kind of Compensation Should I Expect?
Compensation recovery cannot be guaranteed in any situation, but we tirelessly pursue monetary awards on behalf of our clients. In successful bus accident claims, compensatory damages are awarded for:
- Medical expenses, present and future
- Loss of income
- Pain and suffering
- Costs of rehabilitation
- Costs of necessary in-home modifications
There may be other types of compensation depending on the specifics.
How Long Can a Bus Accident Case Take?
It may take anywhere between a few months and several years to resolve a bus accident case. We work efficiently, but we do not cut any corners or back down to powerful opponents. Of course injury victims want to resolve these issues as quickly as possible so they can move on with their lives - a priority we take to heart. Trust us to pursue the best strategy in your case while keeping your timeline in mind.
Get Started on the Path to Maximum Compensation
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bus accident in Austin or the surrounding areas of Texas, contact Shaw Cowart now to find out if you have a case, at 512-499-8900. We know just how devastating catastrophic injuries are, and we are passionate about advocating on behalf of the victims of negligence in our state.