Richmond Bus Accident Lawyer
School bus, city bus, and commercial bus accidents often result in devastating injuries and even death to innocent victims. Although bus accidents may appear similar, they are governed by different laws based on the type of bus that caused the collision. Therefore, most victims require a bus accident lawyer to help them with any personal injury claims that may arise from the accident.
Over the years the Richmond bus accident lawyers at Allen & Allen have represented hundreds of bus accident victims in Richmond, Virginia and the surrounding areas. We understand how the complex laws and regulations affecting public and private busses may affect you and your case. For a free consultation contact the accident lawyers at Allen & Allen by calling 804-353-1200. We have offices conveniently located in Mechanicsville, Short Pump, Richmond, Chesterfield and Petersburg.
Virginia's statutes and case laws concerning bus accidents and liability form a tangled web that can make it very difficult to determine which laws apply to a specific case. Allen and Allen's Richmond bus accident attorneys know the actions you must take to preserve your claim. We can help you with many aspects of your case, including:
- vital notice requirements and deadlines
- statutes of limitations
- sovereign immunity defenses
- laws applicable to common carriers
Once Allen & Allen accepts your bus accident case you pay us for our legal services only if you make a monetary recovery. If you've been injured in a bus accident call our Richmond bus accident attorneys at 804-353-1200 or contact us through email.
About Bus Accidents
City and Public Transit Bus Accidents
Every year bus passengers, pedestrians, and other travelers are killed or seriously injured. If the bus driver is at fault or the bus was not properly maintained in a safe manner, you may be able to make a claim against the government or municipality operating the bus
However, special rules and laws often apply to these cases. Governmental entities are protected to a certain degree by the doctrine of sovereign immunity. Richmond statutes require that a claimant act quickly and decisively in order to preserve their rights, and Virginia law limits the amount of damages an injured person may recover from the government. If you have been injured in an accident involving a public bus, contact an experienced lawyer at Allen & Allen to learn about your rights and responsibilities in pursuing your claim. To view results of past cases, click here.
Commercial Bus Accidents
Private bus companies, such as Greyhound, provide a service to the public in return for a set fee, and so are regarded as common carriers. Specific state and federal statutes and regulations control these busses.
Sadly, innocent drivers, passengers, and pedestrians are often seriously injured or killed through the negligence of a bus driver or the bus owner's failure to properly maintain their busses. By law a common carrier must exercise the highest degree of care for the safety of its passengers. They are held to a higher standard of care than drivers of vehicles that do not carry paying passengers. Nevertheless, common carriers are not insurers of their passenger's safety.
The Richmond bus accident lawyers at Allen & Allen are well acquainted with the complicated laws governing common carriers. Our team has successfully investigated and handled commercial bus cases in the Richmond, VA and the surrounding areas. Now let them help you. Call a Richmond bus accident attorney today at 804-353-1200 for a free consultation.
School Bus Accidents
In an average year, 17,000 children are injured in school bus related accidents.
The majority of these injuries happen when a school bus is involved in a collision with another vehicle or when children are boarding or exiting the bus. Most school busses have no seat belts, which leads to increased danger of injury during any collision or sudden change of direction.
In some cases the school bus accident is caused by the negligence of the bus driver. In these cases the injured parties may be able to make some claim against the school, however it will be limited as the bus driver is government employee and is protected under the doctrine of sovereign immunity. This means that he cannot be sued for acts of simple negligence, but is liable only for acts of gross negligence.
Gross negligence is a level of negligence that demonstrates such an indifference to others that it constitutes an utter disregard of caution leading to a complete neglect of the safety of the other person. It can be a very difficult thing to prove. Our team of trained investigators will examine the evidence surrounding the school bus accident and determine whether a case of gross negligence may exist.
Claimants also have the option to take legal action against the school board, which is not protected by sovereign immunity. Therefore it is sometimes easier to take action against the school board, however this also poses significant complications. There are strict limits to the recovery that can be made in a case against the school board. These limits cap individual recovery at $50,000 and total recovery from a single accident at $200,000. These insurance issues are extremely confusing and complex. An experienced bus accident attorney in Richmond can guide you through this process to the maximum recovery you are entitled to.
Your Bus Accident Case
In many cases the key to the successful handling of a bus accident case is time. As you delay initiating legal action, you may miss certain deadlines, some activating as quickly as six months after the accident. Missing these deadlines can make it impossible for you to receive the settlement you are entitled to.
Contact a Richmond bus accident lawyer from the Allen Law Firm and we can help you with the paperwork and legal action required for a timely and successful handling of your case.