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How Compensation Works for a Bus Accident
If you are looking to get compensation after your bus accident, it is important to understand a few things. Bus accident compensation is determined by a few different factors.
The factors taken into consideration when determining your compensation award include:
- Your past and future medical bills
- Any medical treatment you have/will need in the future
- Your past and future lost wages
- Your emotional damages
- How the accident has affected your daily life
- How you will recover from your injuries, if at all
Once there is a dollar amount put onto your injuries and damages, you have to take into account the fault you had in the accident. Texas follows the rules of “modified comparative negligence” which means you can collect a compensation award, even if you are found to be partially at fault for the accident.
Rules of Modified Comparative Negligence:
- You cannot collect a compensation award if you are 51% or more at fault
- You can collect a reduced compensation award if you are 1% – 50% at fault
- You can collect a full compensation award if you are 0% at fault
Your percentage will be determined during insurance negotiations. If, for example, you are deemed to be 10% at fault for your accident, and you have been awarded $10,000 for your injuries and damages, you will be able to collect $9,000 of that award. That $1,000 is the reduction that accounts for your role in causing your injuries.
Common Types of Bus Accident Injuries
You may be wondering what is considered to be a bus accident. There are a few different ways that injuries can happen involving a bus. We commonly see injuries happen for the following incidents:
- An accident at the bus stop
- Getting on or off the bus
- Being thrown inside the bus if it stops suddenly
- During a collision
A bus accident does not always mean the bus crashed and someone was hurt. Each case is unique and requires a lawyer with experience who can handle it correctly. Each injury is also unique, and your lawyer will know how to guide the case so that you can get the compensation you deserve.
Helpful Tips for a Successful Bus Accident Claim
There are a few things you can do to ensure that you have the best chance at a successful bus accident claim. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:
- Report your injuries
- Seek immediate medical attention
- Contact a lawyer right away
If you want to have a successful claim, you first and foremost need to make sure there is a record of your accident. If you were a passenger on a bus and you were injured in an accident, do not take off without making a report that you were on the bus and that you have an injury. If you go running off to get where you needed to go without reporting your injury to someone, it makes it harder to have a successful case.
After you have made sure that someone knows you were injured, you have to seek immediate medical attention. Your health is the priority and if you are hurt, you need to see a doctor. Get the treatment that they prescribe you and follow their advice so that you can start to get better. If you don’t, you are running the risk of having the insurance company claim you are lying about how you got your injuries or how severe they are. That will give them the opportunity to reduce your compensation or deny your claim.
Our experienced El Paso bus accident lawyers will be able to protect you, so it is important that you get into contact with someone early on to avoid making mistakes that can harm or even ruin your case.
Call Our El Paso Bus Accident Lawyer Today
Your case is important and you deserve to have the best chance at full and fair compensation. If you have severe injuries from your bus accident, it is important to get in touch with our skilled and experienced El Paso bus accident lawyers as soon as you can so they can get to work for you right away. Call Chavez Law Firm to set up your free, initial case review. We can make sure that you are on track to get the most compensation possible for your damages.