Houston Bus Accident Lawyer
1 Riverway Suite 2325
Houston, Texas 77056
If you are hit by a bus or in a bus that was involved in an accident,
you could suffer injuries that stay with you for months or years. Therefore,
you may need to consult with a Houston bus accident attorney who has your
best interests in mind. The initial consultation is free, and you don't
have to pay for expert witnesses or any other costs incurred until after
your case is settled.
Your Legal Fees Could Be Part of a Settlement
It is possible that your legal fees may be a separate line item in any
settlement that you are given. Therefore, you can pay for medical expenses,
take care of providing for your children or otherwise enjoy your money
without worrying about devoting some or all of those proceeds to paying
your attorney. In some cases, your court costs may also be included in
your settlement, which means that you get full benefit of your financial
award without having to worry about the quality of legal counsel and due
process that you receive.
A Houston Bus Accident Lawyer Knows How to Win Your Case
Your Houston bus accident attorney is going to know how to prove that you
were the victim in your case. Most importantly, legal counsel will prove
that negligence on behalf of the bus driver or the manufacturer of the
bus was the reason why the crash occurred in the first place.
The bus driver could be at fault if you were walking in a crosswalk and
the bus didn't stop or otherwise try to avoid you. The driver could
also be at fault if he or she was tired, impaired or otherwise distracted
at the time of the accident. If the driver wasn't properly licensed
to drive the vehicle, that would be negligence on behalf of his or her employer.
Negligence on behalf of the manufacturer would occur if the bus was manufactured
with a known defect. This could include coming with lights that didn't
work or with brakes that didn't properly fit the bus or were somehow
defective. Even if the manufacturer didn't intend to hurt anyone,
it is still responsible for what it sends out to the public.
What If You Are Partially Responsible for the Accident?
In some cases, you can expect that the bus driver or other responsible
party is going to claim that you were fully or partially responsible for
the crash occurring. The other side may claim that you were walking in
a crosswalk when you didn't have permission to do so or that you were
the one who distracted the driver prior to the accident occurring.
Under Texas law, you are entitled to partial damages assuming that you
aren't found to be 51 percent or more responsible for the accident.
You may be declared partially responsible for the accident either because
you admitted as much as part of a settlement or because a jury has decided
that you bear some responsibility.
If this happens, you will receive a proportional amount of any damages
that you could have been entitled to. For example, if you were entitled
to $200,000, you would receive $100,000 if you were deemed to be 50 percent
responsible. It is possible that multiple parties will be found to share
responsibility with you. In such a scenario, you receive your money first
and the other parties decide among themselves who gets reimbursed.
What Types of Compensation Am I Entitled To?
In the event that you miss work because of your injuries, you may be entitled
to compensation for your lost wages. Lost future earnings may be available
if you are unable to return to work or return to work in a similar position.
You may also be allowed to collect for future medical expenses such as
the cost of medication or the cost of renovating your home to make it
easier to live in.
What Types of Evidence Will a Houston Bus Accident Attorney Use?
A Houston bus accident attorney will use multiple types of evidence to
help prove your case. For instance, witness statements may be collected
or physical evidence from the scene will be reviewed or sent to experts
for further examination. The goal is to either convince a jury that you
deserve compensation or to add leverage to obtain a quick settlement.
If you are looking for quality representation after your bus accident,
contact The Doan Law Firm at 1 Riverway, Suite 2325 Houston, Texas 77056.
You can also give us a call at (832) 835-0000 to learn more about how
we can help and to start the legal process in a timely manner.