Bus Accident Lawyers Serving Washington State
Bus accidents are particularly disastrous due to the large number of commuters on board, lack of seat belts and airbags, and the sheer weight of these huge vehicles, often resulting in high numbers of fatalities and injuries. If you were injured in a bus accident, make sure you have an experienced Olympia bus accident lawyer on your side to fight for you when going up against a commercial vehicle insurance company.
Helping Clients in Tacoma, Olympia, Lakewood, West Olympia, Puyallup & Federal Way
The Law Offices Of Harold D. Carr, P.S. is available to help injured clients and their families throughout Washington. Since 1991, we have been the trusted firm throughout the Puget Sound region for aggressive advocacy in the face of stubborn opposition. Make our experienced team your first choice when filing a bus accident claim!
Bus Accident Causes & Complications
At the foundation of your bus accident case is liability or the question of who caused the crash and why. As your chosen Olympia bus accident lawyers, it will be part of our role to determine liability and maximize the damages available to you. Washington is a comparative negligence state, which means you can claim more damages the less liable you are found to be.
Factors that can cause a bus accident include:
- Bus driver negligence: The bus driver is usually liable for a bus accident to a measurable extent. A negligent bus driver might speed or cut through traffic dangerously to make a route on time. Or they might not pay attention to the road around them and get into an otherwise avoidable crash with another negligent driver. Ultimately, the safe operation of the bus is up to the bus driver at all times. The legal theory of respondeat superior makes bus companies responsible for the harm caused by their employees, so a crash caused by a bus driver is also technically caused by the bus company that hired them.
- Poor bus driver training: The bus company that hired the bus driver who caused your crash can further be held liable for the damages if it can be shown that they did not train and supervise that bus driver enough. Our attorneys can check the company’s internal hiring records to see if that driver was not suited for the job due to a lack of experience or a history of negligence.
- Inadequate bus maintenance: Commercial and passenger buses require routine maintenance to keep them in prime operating condition. When maintenance has been neglected by the company that owns the bus, the likelihood of a mechanical failure will increase, which, in turn, raises the chances of a bus accident.
Helping You Recover Full Bus Accident Damages
It is common for bus accident survivors to suffer catastrophic injuries in a crash, like a spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury (TBI). In some cases, the crash can be so severe that passengers or other motorists might even lose their lives, calling for a wrongful death claim in their name. Either way, the damages owed to claimants and plaintiffs can be steep. Your bus accident claim could demand damages related to:
- Emergency medical care
- Multiple surgeries
- Ongoing physical therapy
- Lost wages
- Permanent disabilities
- Pain, suffering, and loss of companionship
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Washington State Bus Accident Lawyers
Serving Clients in Lynnwood, Mukilteo, Brier, Mill Creek, Everett, Cathcart, Monroe, Snohomish, Sultan, Granite Falls, Marysville, Arlington, Stanwood, Camano Island, Conway, Mount Vernon, Sedro Woolley, Bow, Edison, La Conner, Tacoma, Olympia, Lakewood, West Olympia, Puyallup & Federal Way