Bus Accident Attorney Serving All of Maryland
People throughout the state of Maryland rely on various forms of public transportation, including busses, to get them safely from point A to point B. Fortunately, in most cases, buses are a dependable and affordable means of transportation. That being said, bus accidents are not unheard of. In fact, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports about 15,000 bus accidents in the United States every single year. Though the impact of a bus accident is often severe, fortunately, if you have been injured in one, there is a very good chance that you will qualify for financial compensation. We understand how jarring these accidents can be, especially since as a passenger, there is very little you can do to protect yourself. If you have been injured in a bus accident in Maryland, contact the Ruben Law Firm to learn more about how we can help you through every step of the claims process going forward.
Causes of Bus Accidents
Though bus accidents are not as common as car accidents, they still can happen for a variety of reasons and when they do, passengers are frequently severely injured as a result. Unfortunately, though unsurprisingly, most bus accidents can be traced back to negligence. Some of the most common types of bus operator negligence are as follows:
- Texting and driving
- Operating the bus while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Navigating directions while driving
- Failing to take large blind spots into account
- Negligently changing lanes
- Negligently discharging passengers
- Abrupt stops and starts
- Operating the bus while drowsy or fatigued
- Ignoring all other rules and regulations of the road
If you were injured while a bus operator was doing any of the aforementioned, you should have a valid personal injury claim. However, you will need an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney on your side to help ensure you receive maximum compensation.
What To Do After Being Injured in a Bus Accident
Bus accidents can be extremely frightening, and when they happen, they often leave passengers in a state of shock. Though this is understandable, the truth is, it is always best to have a plan in place beforehand so you can immediately take action to improve your chances of winning your future claim. After a bus accident, you should do the following:
- Call emergency services. Even if you do not feel serious pain immediately, certain injuries take a couple of days to set in, so it is always best you are proactive and call an ambulance to the scene. Additionally, there may be other people injured as well, so it is crucial someone contacts the police immediately.
- While awaiting an ambulance, ask other passengers for their contact information, as they may vouch for you and corroborate your claim if need be.
- Take pictures of the scene of the accident, and collect any other evidence that may be useful in proving a future personal injury claim.
- Never speak with the driver. Unfortunately, routine, polite statements are all too often twisted and used against wrongly injured persons.
- After you’ve been transported to and treated at a hospital, ask your physician for medical documents regarding your injuries.
- Retain the services of a knowledgeable and compassionate Maryland personal injury attorney who knows how to satisfy the burden of proof and win you the compensation you need.
Once we file your claim, ensure you significantly limit, or even completely refrain from posting on social media. Oftentimes, insurance companies will closely monitor your social media activity for any posts that may even remotely contradict your personal injury claim. If they find something, they may try and use it to disprove your claim, even if they have to take it out of context. That is why generally, it is best to avoid posting altogether until your claim is resolved and you recover the compensation you deserve.
Filing a Lawsuit Against a Municipality
Generally, if you have been injured in a bus accident, you will have to file a lawsuit with the Maryland Transit Administration. Though in most personal injury claims, individuals have three years from the date of their accident to file a lawsuit, this timeframe drastically shrinks when suing a municipality. To sue the MTA, you will have to file a Notice of Claim within 1 year of the date of your accident. This means that you simply cannot wait to speak with an attorney. After the government has reviewed your notice letter, they may try and settle your case outside of court. That being said, you may still file a lawsuit. You should also note that under Maryland law, tort damages are limited to $400,000 for a single person or $800,000 for a single incident. Suing municipalities is notoriously challenging, which is why you will need an attorney who knows the ins and outs of the claims process. Attorney Ruben is ready to fight for your right to a swift recovery.
Compensation For Bus Accident Injuries
When an attorney successfully proves your personal injury claim, you should win compensation for various damages incurred as a result of the accident. The two types of damages are economic and noneconomic damages. Economic damages refer to calculatable monetary damages, such as lost wages from being unable to return to work, the cost of your medical bills or the need to hire in-home care, and more. Noneconomic damages are non-monetary, unquantifiable damages, such as a loss of consortium, pain and suffering, disfigurement, and more.
Contact a Maryland Bus Accident Attorney
All those who have been wrongly injured as passengers on busses in Maryland must not suffer alone. Our firm has been dedicated to helping the wrongly injured for years, and we are ready to do the same for you. Attorney Ruben will tirelessly work to apply his vast knowledge of personal injury law to your case to win you the compensation you deserve and need. Please do not hesitate to contact the Ruben Law Firm today to schedule an initial consultation so we can begin the claims process on your behalf.