Gulfport Bus Accident Attorney
Bus Accidents in Harrison County
Although bus accidents are less common than car accidents, they occur far more often than many people realize. Every year across the United States, thousands of people are injured or killed in serious collisions with city buses, school buses, and private charter buses. In Mississippi alone, there were more than 110 bus accidents in 2018, with the majority of these collisions occurring in the Mid-South region of the state.
If you or someone you love was involved in a bus crash, you are not alone. At ‘Maggio | Thompson, LLP, we provide dedicated legal representation to seriously injured victims, as well as the surviving family members of those wrongfully killed. To date, our attorneys have handled more than 5,000 cases and have secured millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. We understand the challenges you are facing, and we have what it takes to effectively advocate for you.
Who Is Liable for a Bus Accident?
Like other types of motor vehicle accident claims, the issue of liability is an important one in bus accident cases. However, determining who is legally liable for a bus accident can be significantly more complex than establishing fault in a standard car accident claim. This is because bus operators are typically “on the clock” when these accidents occurring, meaning their employer is likely liable for their conduct. This becomes even more complicated due to the fact that the bus driver may work for a private employer, a municipal agency, a school district, or another entity.
To determine who is liable for a bus accident, our attorneys will typically investigate the following:
- The type of bus involved, including whether it was privately or publicly owned/operated
- Who caused the accident, whether it was the bus driver or another person or party
- Whether third-party negligence (e.g., on the part of another motorist) contributed to the crash
- When and where the crash occurred, as well as the various factors involved
- Evidence from the accident scene, as well as statements from any witnesses who saw the crash
While cases involving private bus companies, such as charter buses and coaches, typically proceed much like any other standard personal injury claim, those involving government-owned buses and large mass transportation companies are usually much more complex and challenging. Our Gulfport personal injury lawyers not only understand the difficulties associated with these types of cases, but they also have extensive experience effectively managing these challenges and pursuing fair compensation for our clients.
If you were injured in an accident with a municipal bus or similar mass transportation vehicle, you will likely need to follow a strict process for recovering compensation. In most standard personal injury cases, you have three years from the date of the accident/injury to take legal action. But in cases against government entities, you must provide a notice of claim within one year. Additionally, government entities are often protected under what is known as “sovereign immunity.” While this does not mean that it is impossible to sue a municipal or governmental agency, it does make it much harder to do so.
We strongly recommend that you reach out to our team at ‘Maggio | Thompson, LLP for help with your claim. No matter the type of bus accident you were involved in, our firm can help you understand your legal rights and options for moving forward.
Damages in Bus Accident Cases
Because buses are large, heavy vehicles—much larger than standard passenger cars, SUVs, pickup trucks, and motorcycles—they tend to cause massive damage when they are involved in motor vehicle accidents. To make matters worse, buses typically lack the basic safety features of modern vehicles, such as seatbelts and airbags, putting passengers at serious risk.
Whether you were involved in a crash as a bus passenger, the occupant of another vehicle, or even as a pedestrian or bicyclist, you have likely sustained severe, life-altering injuries and an array of related emotional, mental, and financial losses. At ‘Maggio | Thompson, LLP, our goal is to help you recover for all of these losses, including ongoing and future damages.
Depending on the specifics of your situation, we may be able to recover the following damages in your bus accident case:
- Emergency medical care costs, such as ambulance and ER fees
- Medications, medical equipment, and medical devices
- Surgeries, rehabilitation, and other medical treatment
- Ongoing and future medical expenses
- Pain and suffering, including emotional/mental distress and anguish
- Lost or diminished quality of life
- Lost income/wages
- Reduced earning ability caused by disability
- Lost future earnings, income, wages, and employment benefits
- Counseling/therapy-related costs
- Expenses associated with in-home assistance, childcare, etc.
Our Gulfport bus accident lawyers understand the far-reaching impact these accidents have, which is why they fight tirelessly to maximize our clients’ recoveries. You should not have to deal with the devastating consequences of someone else’s negligence on your own—and our firm is here to fight for the justice you deserve.
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Getting back on your feet after a serious accident is never easy, but with ‘Maggio | Thompson, LLP by your side, you can have confidence knowing your case is in experienced hands. We have successfully represented individuals and families who suffered serious injuries and the tragic loss of loved ones in all types of bus accidents, including collisions involving city buses, private bus companies, school buses, and more.
Our firm is always here when you need us most. We are standing by, ready to take your call and provide the answers you need to move forward with your case. As your legal counsel, we will guide you and fight for your best interests every step of the way.