Millions of people ride a commercial bus line across the state of Tennessee and this country. And more than half of all school age children get on a bus every morning. Bus riders have the right to assume that their driver is held to a higher standard than the regular person on the road, and thankfully, most of us arrive at our destination safely. However, accidents happen every day and thousands of bus passengers are injured every year. Bus accidents can be much more complicated than a typical auto accident, due to the fact that there are often several injured people involved and the often multiple potential defendants, which commonly include governmental entities, in addition to the bus driver and company that owns the bus. As a result, it is important to get a law firm with experience in handling these cases like the Law Office of Stephen A. Burroughs. If you or a loved one have been injured in a bus accident we can help. Call us at 865-525-3773 to find out how we can help you get the compensation you deserve.
When the police come out, make sure they put your name on their report. In a bus accident many people are usually involved and if your name is not on any report it will be difficult to document.
What does the lawsuit process look like for a bus accident?
Bus accidents can be very complicated, and as a result, are very difficult for most people to manage on their own. Multiple witnesses mean multiple accounts that can sometimes be contradictory. Generally, there are multiple insurance companies, municipalities or private companies, all working to serve their own best interest, not yours. If you’ve been in a bus accident, always call a personal injury attorney before you talk to any insurance company. They have a team working to protect their interests and you deserve to have a team to protect you. Call the Law Office of Stephen A. Burroughs today at 865-525-3773 to get our team of experienced bus accident professionals working for you.
What if my child was involved in a school bus accident in Tennessee?
A school bus accident is handled in much the same way as any other bus accident, with a few exceptions. Your child should report an injury to the bus driver, investigating officer or any possible chaperone. We would also urge your child to describe any possible injury to you. If your child is hurt and the bus driver or driver of any other vehicle is at fault, then you and your child have a valid claim.
If your child is injured on a school bus, there are specific issues that need to be addressed when bringing a claim against a governmental entity such as a county or city, however, our office has handled many bus cases and can easily identify and explain any such issues that may arise in your particular case. If you, as the parent, carry Uninsured Motorist coverage, then we may be able to recover damages from your own insurance company as well, even though your child was not in your automobile at the time. You should also know that state law would prevent your insurance company from dropping your coverage or raising your rates, if you did need to make such a claim under your UM policy.
What is the statute of limitations for a bus accident case in the state of Tennessee?
The statute of limitations in Tennessee for a bus accident case is one year from the date of the incident. However, you should not delay calling an attorney. No matter the statute of limitations, the sooner you call an attorney, the faster we can start investigating your case and work on preserving the necessary evidence. The more time that passes, the more difficult a case can become. Witnesses disappear, memories fade, accident scenes change, 911 tapes and cruiser videos are destroyed, and it becomes more difficult with the passage of time to put together the pieces of evidence necessary to prove your case. We urge you to call a bus accident attorney at Law Office of Stephen A. Burroughs at 865-525-3773 as soon as possible. By calling us today, we can get to work immediately to help you get the monetary compensation you need to help you rebuild your life.