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Bus accidents, whether involving public transportation, school buses, or private carriers, can result in serious injuries and complex legal challenges. These incidents often leave victims facing medical bills, lost wages, and emotional distress. If you’ve been involved in a bus accident, it’s crucial to seek experienced legal representation to protect your rights and pursue the compensation you deserve.

At Fielding Law, we understand the unique complexities of bus accident cases. Our dedicated personal injury attorneys are here to guide you through the process, advocate for your rights, and help you on your path to recovery.

Why Choose Fielding Law for Your Bus Accident?

Specialized Expertise: Fielding Law possesses extensive experience in handling bus accident cases. Our legal team is well-versed in the unique challenges and complexities of these cases, including determining liability and insurance coverage.

Proven Track Record: Our success is not just measured by the number of cases we handle but by the positive outcomes we achieve for our clients. Past settlements and verdicts have provided financial relief for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

Compassionate Advocacy: We understand the physical and emotional toll bus accidents can take on victims and their families. Our attorneys offer compassionate support, working tirelessly to alleviate your stress and guide you through the legal process.

Thorough Investigation: Fielding Law leaves no stone unturned when building your case. We conduct meticulous investigations, gather evidence, consult experts, and reconstruct the accident to establish liability.

Personalized Strategies: We recognize that each bus accident case is unique. Fielding Law tailors legal strategies to your specific circumstances, ensuring the best possible outcome for your claim.

Determining Liability in Bus Accidents

Bus accidents can be complex, but understanding who may be liable is crucial for accident victims.

In many cases, buses are classified as “Common Carriers” under California law. This classification imposes a special responsibility on Common Carriers to exercise the highest care and vigilance in all aspects of their operations to prevent harm to passengers. While a Common Carrier does not provide an absolute guarantee of safety for its passengers, it is legally obligated to employ reasonable skill in ensuring safe transportation. This duty extends to the construction, servicing, inspection, and maintenance of their vehicles and equipment for passenger transportation. Therefore, under California law, Common Carriers owe passengers a heightened duty of care, emphasizing the paramount importance of passenger safety. Here’s a brief overview of potential parties responsible:

Bus Driver: Often, the driver’s actions or negligence play a significant role.

Bus Company: Responsible for maintenance, hiring, training, and safety.

Other Drivers: Negligent actions by other drivers can lead to bus accidents.

Bus Manufacturer: Defects in design or manufacturing may contribute.

Government Entities: Responsible for road conditions and signage in public transportation cases.

School District: Relevant in school bus accidents.

Maintenance Companies: If a third party serviced the bus.

Product Manufacturers: In cases of defective parts.

Contractors: In construction zones with inadequate safety measures.

Negligent Pedestrians/Cyclists: If their actions contributed.

If you’ve sustained injuries in a bus accident, it’s wise to reach out to a respected personal injury attorney such as Fielding Law. With our wealth of knowledge and experience in bus accident cases, you can trust that your well-being and legal rights will receive the utmost care and expertise.

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What to Do After a Bus Accident

If you’ve been involved in a bus accident, taking the following steps can help protect your rights and strengthen your potential claim:

1. Prioritize Your Health: Seek immediate medical attention, even if your injuries seem minor. Delaying medical care can jeopardize both your health and your claim.

2. Document the Accident: Take photos and videos of the accident scene, your injuries, and any damage to vehicles involved. Include date and time stamps on your photos.

3. Gather Information: Obtain the bus driver’s name, contact information, and insurance details. Record the bus’s license plate number and the bus company’s information.

4. Contact the Authorities: Call the police to report the accident and ensure that a formal accident report is filed.

5. Collect Witness Information: If there were any witnesses to the accident, obtain their contact information, including full name, phone number, and email address.

6. Preserve Evidence: Keep any clothing or personal items that may have been damaged in the accident as evidence.

7. Do Not Provide Statements: Avoid giving statements to insurance adjusters or signing any documents without consulting an attorney. Insurance companies may use your statements against you.

8. Consult an Attorney: Call 833.88.SHARK for a Complimentary, Private, and Non-Committal Legal Consultation: Before engaging in discussions with insurance companies or providing formal statements, seek guidance from seasoned attorneys at Fielding Law.

Why You Should Hire a Personal Injury Attorney After a Bus Accident

Hiring a personal injury attorney is essential after a bus accident. Here’s why legal representation is crucial:

Legal Expertise: Bus accident cases involve complex issues related to liability and insurance coverage. An experienced attorney understands the intricacies of these cases.

Investigation: Attorneys have the resources and expertise to conduct thorough investigations into bus accidents. They gather crucial evidence, interview witnesses, consult experts, and reconstruct the accident scene to build a compelling case.

Negotiation Skills: Dealing with bus companies’ insurers can be challenging. Attorneys are skilled negotiators who can advocate for your rights and ensure you receive fair compensation for your injuries and losses.

Legal Strategy: Attorneys develop personalized legal strategies tailored to your unique circumstances. They understand that each bus accident case is different and will work to maximize your chances of success.

Peace of Mind: When you hire an attorney, you gain a dedicated advocate who can handle the legal complexities while you focus on your recovery and well-being.

Fielding Law: Your Trusted Partner in Bus Accident Cases

At Fielding Law, we are committed to helping you seek justice and recover the compensation you deserve after a bus accident. Our experienced attorneys are here to guide you through the legal process, protect your rights, and ensure your well-being.

Don’t hesitate to contact Fielding Law at 833.88.SHARK for a free, confidential consultation. Your path to justice and healing starts here.

Took care of us after our accident. Went above and beyond to check in and make sure we were ok. Great personal touch and service.

Colby

I have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Fielding in the past, and I cannot recommend him and his team enough. They're true professionals from intake to close outs, and will make sure a difficult process goes as smoothly as possible. All-around great guy and one heck of an attorney.

Mia

As a fellow Arizona attorney, my interactions with Fielding Law was top notch. Both attorneys and support staff were friendly and helpful. Plus, their office in Tempe is brand new and very cool.

Allan

It was great to have Clark and his team in our corner. We were t-boned by someone that ran a red light. However, while we were being taken to the hospital, the other driver told the police that it was our fault. With things not looking good, Clark was able to get our side of the story reported to the police, deal with all the doctors and insurance people and get us a settlement. They went above and beyond what we thought was possible. Can’t imagine dealing with this nightmare without Clark and his team.

Regina

It was great to have Clark and his team in our corner. We were t-boned by someone that ran a red light. However, while we were being taken to the hospital, the other driver told the police that it was our fault. With things not looking good, Clark was able to get our side of the story reported to the police, deal with all the doctors and insurance people and get us a settlement. They went above and beyond what we thought was possible. Can’t imagine dealing with this nightmare without Clark and his team.

Regina