Maryland and Washington, D.C. Bus Accident Attorneys
Bus accidents are not nearly as common as car, bike, or pedestrian accidents. The reason for this is that there are fewer of these vehicles on the road, in general, and they are driven by professionally trained and licensed individuals. When bus accidents do occur, though, the resulting injuries and damages are typically quite severe since the vehicles are heavy and carry many passengers. Seatbelts are not readily available on most public transit buses, which increases the likelihood of injury.
Pursuing compensation after a bus accident can be challenging because buses are often operated by government entities, which possess protections through sovereign immunity. Sovereign immunity is a legal concept that insulates government entities from lawsuits. However, the concept does not mean that they are absolutely immune from all lawsuits. Strict procedural rules must usually be followed in order to claim the compensation to which you are entitled from a government entity. Hiring a Maryland bus accident attorney is your best chance at collecting compensation for your injuries.
At Henderson Law, our experienced bus accident litigators help clients navigate the complicated aspects of receiving fair compensation after an accident that was not their fault. Call our office today to find out more at (410) 721-1979 or by submitting our online form for a free consultation. Protecting our clients’ rights is our top priority; let us know how we can be of service to you and your family.
Injuries and Damage Associated With Bus Accidents
Bus accidents involve both passengers and area motorists and passengers. Due to its sheer mass, a bus that collides with people in the active flow of traffic can have devastating results. The momentum of an uncontrolled bus creates an even larger collision impact to everyone involved. Sadly, permanent disability or death is often the result of such accidents.
Whether you were another driver, passenger, or pedestrian bystander, we know how to proceed with your case via the legal remedies available to you. We are not afraid to take your matter to trial, either. Henderson Law serves to address injuries in a Maryland or Washington, D.C. bus accident including:
- Simple and compound fractures
- Deep cuts, scrapes, and bruises
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Neck injuries and whiplash
- Partial and total disability
- Amputation or soft tissue removal
- Traumatic brain injuries and concussions
- Pain, suffering, and emotional distress
- Damage to personal property
- Death of a loved one
Addressing your injuries is your right in life, liberty, and property. Call the Maryland bus accident lawyers by calling (410) 721-1979. You can also send us a message here. We look forward to learning more about your case during your free, no-obligation consultation. All you need to bring is yourself and any relevant documentation if you are feeling well enough to gather it beforehand.
Filing a Bus Accident Injury Claim
Filing a bus accident injury claim is dependent upon the bus involved. As we mentioned earlier, different entities may be immune from lawsuits barring strict procedural guidelines. Your ability to proceed with a claim may be complicated by additional time constraints and laws that apply to certain entities such as the Maryland Tort Claims Act. While you may experience a new set of rules to follow, all is not lost in pursuing legal remedy when you have the right legal team on your side, like Henderson Law.
In both D.C. and Maryland, the amount of time a victim has to being a claim for personal injury is 3 years from the date of the injury. However, when it comes to public transit vehicles, the rules of civil procedure make it different from other cases. Different notices and pleadings have added standards that are not common during a Maryland lawsuit among private individuals. For example, under the Maryland Tort Claims Act, if you intend to sue the state for the actions of one of its employees, you must put the State on notice of your claim within 1 year of the date of injury. The analogous D.C. Tort Claims Act requires notice to the mayor within 6 months of the date of accident or injury.
When pursuing legal action after an accident with a city bus, bring the following to the initial consultation with your bus accident lawyer:
- Name of liable or affected parties
- Written statement of how the accident happened
- Your contact information, insurance cards, and other relevant documentation
The proof of your injuries may be just as important as proving the fault of the bus driver. Follow up with your doctor and comply with all of your doctor’s orders. Before you even speak with an insurance company or municipal government, schedule a free consultation with one of our bus accident attorneys. Our team of litigators at Henderson Law serves the Washington, D.C. and Maryland area. Meet our team today by calling (410) 721-1979 or by sending us a request through our contact form.
Henderson Law is accepting new cases in the District of Columbia and Maryland. Henderson Law is willing to take new clients across the State of Maryland, including, but not limited to, new cases arising in the following cities: Annapolis, Crofton, Bowie, Upper Marlboro, Crownsville, Davidsonville, Edgewater, Millersville, Odenton, Severna Park, and Pasadena. Please call Henderson Law for an initial consultation.