Utah Bus Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a bus accident, you need to contact our experienced Utah bus accident lawyers before it’s too late. Buses are an excellent form of transportation for those who choose not to have a car and don’t want to deal with the expenses that come with having a car. Like every mode of transportation, you have a risk of something going wrong. Bus accidents unfortunately happen and when it happens to you, it can be awful. Getting hurt in any scenario can completely turn your life upside down and cause you a lot of grief. It is frustrating to be in an accident and then have to pay medical bills or miss work because of it. Our Utah bus accident lawyers are here to help you through it all. We will take over everything that has to do with your case so that you can focus on healing and recovering. After learning about your bus accident case, do not hesitate to give our office a call to set up a free consultation.
Tips for a Successful Claim
Chances are you have never been in a bus accident before and aren’t totally sure what to do after the accident happens to ensure that you have a successful case. Here are three helpful tips for you.
Get to the doctor sooner rather than later. You do not want to be waiting to have your injuries looked at. Your health is the most important thing and you don’t want to risk worsening your condition. You might not need to get on an ambulance after the crash, but you need to get to a doctor as soon as possible to assess your injuries. It could be an urgent care or your primary physician.
Collect evidence from the scene. Take pictures of the entire scene; as many as you can. Talk to witnesses and the other people involved in the accident and get insurance information as well as contact information.
Don’t talk to insurance company. They are not looking out for your best interest and will be asking you for a recorded statement shortly after the accident. Never give them one. They will try to pin the blame on your for the accident.
How Compensation Works
Utah is a state that follows shared fault rules which affects how much compensation you may be eligible for. Here is how the rule works: If you are found to be 50% or more at fault for the cause of the accident, you will be completely barred from compensation altogether. If you are found to be less than 50% at fault, then your compensation will be reduced. If you share no fault in causing the accident (you were a passenger sitting on the bus when it collided with a car) then you would get full compensation. To give you an example of how the reduction of compensation works, let’s say you were deemed 10% to blame for the accident for what ever reason. Now, let’s say your compensation reward is $10,000. Because you shared fault under 50%, you have to have a reduction in your compensation. You would take 10% away from that $10,000 reward which would give you $9,000. Our Utah bus accident lawyers work hard to get you the fullest and fairest amount of compensation possible.
Types of Bus Accident Injuries
Bus accidents include more than collisions of vehicles. They can be slip and falls at the bus station, you can be a passenger on the bus during a crash, or you could be in another vehicle that collided with the bus. The possible injuries range greatly due to these possible accidents that the term “bus accident” covers. The types of injuries include:
- Broken bones or fractures
- Cuts and lacerations
- Spinal injury
- Head injury
- Internal bleeding
These injuries have the ability to be permanent in nature. When you are seeking compensation, regardless of fault, the amount you receive is based on your injuries. If you have an injury that heals soon, your compensation would be less than if you were never going to heal from an injury. All of the details about your condition are taken into consideration when coming up with compensation to ask for.
Statute of Limitations
It is possible that you have never heard of a statute of limitations. What the term means is a time period in which you can bring your bus accident claim or settle it in court. In Utah, the statute of limitations is four years. You will have four years in which you can bring or settle your case. If you procrastinate and call a lawyer the day after this four year time limit runs out, they cannot help you. It is not a loose rule, it is definite. You should never wait to start a bus accident claim. Once you are physically able to contact a lawyer, you should. They will make sure that the essential elements for a successful claim are in order. The sooner all of this happens, the better.
Call Our Utah Bus Accident Lawyers Today
When you are involved in a bus accident, it can really turn your life upside down and cause you and your family a lot of stress. We want to help make your life a lot easier after this accident. We will take on the stress of all things legal and we will do what we need to do to get you the compensation you deserve. Please call our Utah bus accident lawyers today to get a free initial consultation.