If you’ve been injured in a bus accident, you may have the right to a legal settlement.
We know that a bus accident can be one of the most horrific accidents a Denver personal injury attorney can take on. They can often cause very serious injuries and oftentimes involve multiple deaths.
These days, it seems like you read about bus crashes all of the time in the news. In Denver, especially, it seems like the problem is almost epidemic. If you or a loved one has been injured by a bus driver’s negligence, contact bus accident lawyer Jeffry Dougan today for your FREE bus accident case evaluation.
Colorado Bus Accidents
With more and more buses on the road these days, it’s no wonder that bus accidents are becoming more and more common. In 2009, the Colorado Department of Revenue reported that there were 11,263 buses legally registered. In 2010 alone, bus crashes increased by 3.5% partially resulting in a 12.6% increase in fatalities and a 5.5% increase in injuries. Due to this increase in numbers, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and their associated partners agreed to increase both the number of inspections and the frequency they are performed on buses and motorcoaches. As a result, in 2011 the FMCSA removed 54 unsafe bus and motorcoach operator’s licenses.
Even though serious measures have been taken to reduce unsafe buses and operators, 69,000 bus accidents still occurred in 2014 in the United States. At Marathon Law, we deal with bus accidents frequently, and we know that many of these types of accidents are caused by over-tiredness, unsafe operation, and distractions. The damage from these accidents can be catastrophic, and we fight strongly for those who have been injured by a bus driver’s negligence.
Bus Accident Injuries
Not surprisingly, bus accidents can result in severe injuries due to the sheer forces involved. Most buses do not have seatbelts, and a bus can weigh as much as 20 tons. Therefore, if an accident does occur, the passengers are thrown from their seats, around the cabin of the bus and into other seats, and into each other and objects flying around the bus.
The physical injuries that arise as a result of a bus accident can include broken bones, lacerations, contusions, spinal damage, and soft tissue damage. Additionally, victims may sustain facial injuries due to the variety of objects that get thrown around the bus cabin when an accident occurs. There are lots of injuries that aren’t so obvious, too, such as internal bleeding, concussion, and traumatic brain injuries. These are serious injuries that can affect everything from your bodily functions to your physical appearance to personality disturbances. In fact, some injuries are so severe that they leave permanent damage, require a lifetime of care, and quality of life is never restored to what it was before the accident.
Emotional and Mental Injuries
These types of injuries aren’t nearly as apparent as physical injuries but can be as hard, or harder to recover from. In a bus accident, you are trapped inside a capsule, being thrown into hard steel and other human beings, with glass flying, and people screaming out in fear and pain. It is a helpless and horrifying experience. As soon as the bus comes to rest, everyone inside is trying to get out, and panicking.
When you get out of the bus, you’re then being treated by emergency personnel, and possibly taken by ambulance to the nearest emergency room to have your injuries assessed and taken care of.
When you arrive home, you find yourself going over the accident in your mind repeatedly. This is considered Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and it is a serious emotional condition. You may relive the event and panic, experience personality changes and a darker, more negative outlook on life, develop depression, or become unable to eat or sleep.
We at Marathon Law understand how a bus accident can result in this devastating mental condition and what it’s like to have PTSD. We realize that, more than anything, you simply want back the life you had before the accident. We’ll work our hardest to see that you receive the compensation you deserve for the injuries you’ve suffered – both physical and emotional.
Types of Bus Accidents
Bus accident lawyer Jeffry Dougan represents persons injured in the following types of bus accidents:
- Pedestrians hit by buses
- Collisions due to poor bus maintenance
- Bus driver negligence
- Bus drivers driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
- School bus accidents
- Public bus accidents (RTD)
When someone is injured in a bus accident the bills add up quickly: the emergency room, physical therapy, surgery (or surgeries), aftercare, lost wages, and pain and suffering. By the time you add everything up, you’re literally looking at 100’s of thousands of dollars. And when transportation companies look at their bottom line, they’re not thinking about what’s right; they’re thinking about what helps their bottom line – and it’s not paying victims their fair share.
But that’s okay. That’s why Colorado personal injury law allows jury trials for personal injury victims. If the bus company won’t pay what’s right and fair, bus accident lawyer Jeffry Dougan will fight for you and he will not stop until he’s tried everything to get his client every last cent that she has coming to her.
Common Causes of Bus Accidents
One of the most common causes of bus accidents is fatigue. A bus driver can only work so long for so many days on end before he becomes a risk to himself and others. Fatigue can cloud even the best bus driver’s judgment which leads to driving mistakes which leads to bus accidents. Some of the most common causes of bus accidents are:
- Lack of training/experience.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol and/ordrugs (especially prescription drugs)
- Bad road conditions
- Aggressive driving
- Bus driver negligence
Bus Accident Settlements
When someone is hurt in a bus accident, she often has to seek medical treatment and attend physical therapy therapy sessions for months on end. Colorado law allows the victim of a bus accident who is injured as a result of the negligence, recklessness, or carelessness of a bus driver to collect a settlement for her economic and non-economic damages (pain and suffering). And it’s attorney Jeffry Dougan’s goal to ensure that his bus accident client gets every last bit of compensation that she has coming to her.
If you’ve been injured in a bus accident, the bus company and the driver may be legally obligated to compensate you for the following:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost income
- Permanent physical disability
- Permanent disfigurement
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
Economic damages are those damages that you can quantify. It’s likely that after a bus accident, you’ll be in no shape to return to work for awhile. Your physician may require that you stay off work until you recover as fully as you are able to. This causes so much stress because not only aren’t you bringing home a paycheck but now the medical bills are piling up too. This creates a crushingly overwhelming feeling as you wonder how this is all going to work out. You may also find that you are permanently disabled and unable to go back to work at all.
These are all damages that you have the right to be compensated for by the negligent bus driver, the bus company, and the bus company’s insurance carrier. When you’ve got this many sides to a case, it pays to have an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury attorney representing you. A PI attorney will take away the burden of the paperwork, communication with the involved parties, and the negotiation for a settlement so that you can concentrate your energy on healing mentally and physically the best you can.
Non-economic damages are those that have no set value attached to them. When your injuries affect your relationship with your significant other negatively, it is called the loss of consortium. Loss of consortium includes the loss of sexual ability, loss of the comfort and security you enjoyed during the relationship, loss of companionship, loss of protection, etc.
Another non-economic damage is the loss of enjoyment of life. When you are prevented from doing the things that you previously enjoyed due to the injuries you’ve suffered, such as horseback riding, painting, hiking, or riding a bike. Loss of enjoyment of life is damage for which you are entitled to compensation..
Schedule A Free Case Evaluation Today
If you’ve been injured in a Denver bus accident, you may be entitled to a settlement. Contact Denver personal injury attorney Jeffry Dougan today and set up your FREE case evaluation. Get the lawyer and the settlement that you deserve.
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