Jackson Bus Accident Attorneys
Litigating Against Public and Private Bus Companies
Bus accidents can be particularly scary due to the vehicle’s size and occupancy. When a bus flips over, veers off the road, or collides with a car or truck, many people are at risk for injuries. In severe crashes, passengers can even be ejected from the vehicle or killed.
Whether public or private, no one boards a bus expecting to have their life taken away or changed forever. That’s why it’s important to hold all relevant parties accountable in the case of a bus accident in Jackson, anywhere in Mississippi, or nationwide. Unfortunately, this process can be grueling.
Fortunately, our team at ‘Maggio | Thompson, LLP can help.
Public vs. Private
If you’ve been in a bus accident and are considering legal action, the first question you should be asking yourself is:
“Was the bus I was riding in owned by a private company or a government entity?”
The way your case is built will depend on your answer to this question.
An accident involving a private bus company will look like most other personal injury lawsuits.
Assuming the crash is the bus driver’s fault, you will file suit against both them and their employer on the grounds of negligence. Essentially, you will claim the bus driver did something they should not have done or failed to exercise reasonable care while driving. If you are successful, you will be able to hold both the driver and their employer accountable for your injuries and losses.
While it sounds simple, this can be a challenging process. Learn about your options by calling us at (601) 265-6869.
Public bus accidents are more difficult still. School buses, city buses, and buses used for public transit are typically owned by state or local governments, which means the bus driver is likely a government employee. Government entities and employees are protected by sovereign immunity and are, therefore, unable to be sued without their permission. In cases of injuries, losses, and potential wrongdoing, however, the government usually allows itself to be sued according to a strict bureaucratic process.
To make a successful claim against the government, you must follow procedural requirements exactly. Any oversight could put your case at risk.
Our attorneys have years of experience and success making these types of claims. To strengthen your chances of winning, put our skilled team of litigators on your side!
Is It Worth Filing Suit?
When making your case against a government entity and/or employee, it’s important to note that the compensation you receive may be limited by the state or municipality. If your accident was serious, however, a lawsuit should, at the very least, help cover your medical expenses.
One instance of this “damage caps” concept comes from the University of Mississippi. Per the Mississippi Tort Claims Act, claims against the state institution are capped at, or limited to, $500,000. While this exemplary amount may not be enough to fully compensate you for the injuries and losses you suffered in a bus accident, it might make a significant dent in your medical bills and get you started on the road to recovery.
Suits against private companies are much more flexible and you will typically be dealing with insurance companies.
We can help you request full compensation for all your injuries and losses, including:
- Emergency room fees and other medical expenses
- The costs of rehabilitative care
- Missed wages
- Altered earning potential
- Changes to your quality of life
- Pain and suffering
If the bus driver in question caused your accident with total disregard for your safety, you may also be entitled to punitive damages, which are designed to punish the wrongdoer, assist the victim, and discourage similar behavior in the future.
In any situation, filing a lawsuit can bring you a sense of justice and peace of mind. Our firm is dedicated to helping you achieve real results in whatever case you choose to file.
Get Started Today
In Mississippi, the statute of limitations for most bus accident claims is 3 years. If you’re dealing with a government entity, your timeline may be even shorter.
Once your accident occurs, the clock starts ticking. As such, we recommend you begin your legal journey as soon as possible.
Why not start with a free consultation at our Jackson office?
Choose ‘Maggio | Thompson, LLP
Our firm fights for you when other firms won’t and handles cases on a contingency-fee-basis, which means we won’t collect a cent unless your claim is successful. Our attorneys will be personally involved in your case from the moment you walk through our doors.
Many of our current cases are referrals from satisfied clients. See for yourself why we have such a stellar representation.
Call us 24/7 at (601) 265-6869 and schedule your free, confidential case review today.