Richmond Bus Accident Attorney
Buses offer a convenient and relatively inexpensive method to get from place to place, whether it be to work, or even across the country. However, along with the convenience of bus rides comes the unfortunate risk of terrible accidents. Bus accidents are often more devastating than the average motor vehicle accident because of the inherent lack of safety features and protection offered to bus passengers. While bus safety has seen a surge in recent years with many buses now equipped with seatbelts, many passengers still refuse to wear the seatbelts, and those that do, do not notice much of a change in the safety of the bus. If you were harmed in a bus accident, it is important to contact a knowledgeable Richmond bus accident attorney as soon as possible after your injuries so you can start the healing process, both physically and emotionally.
Bus Accidents in Virginia
In 2014, there were approximately 500 bus accidents, which resulted in 328 injuries, and one fatality. The number of bus accidents in Virginia represents a relatively small percentage of the total accidents throughout the state. This number has fluctuated slightly over the past five years but has remained relatively stable without any major spikes in activity. While there may be one seemingly terrible bus accident every year, they, fortunately, result in relatively few injuries compared to the heightened number of injuries in ordinary car accidents. The number of school bus accidents remains terrifying, as the thought of our children involved in an accident is almost too much for some parents, who opt to drive their children to school rather than risk the lack of safety features found on a school bus.
Personal Injury Recovery
As the passenger in a bus involved in an accident, you are entitled to bring a claim for damages against the bus company and the driver, or the driver of the other vehicle involved in the accident. An experienced Richmond personal injury attorney will assist you in determining the fault of the accident, as well as the amount of damages you can add to your claim. The insurance companies involved in the accident will likely attempt to contact you and all the other passengers to negotiate a settlement shortly after the accident. However, it is important to speak to an attorney prior to agreeing to a settlement offer, since this will impact your ability to claim the proper amount of damages you are entitled to in the future.
As the victim of a bus accident, you are entitled to bring a claim for the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium
The accomplished attorneys at Christina Pendleton & Associates will be able to assist you in calculating these amounts.
Christina Pendleton & Associates | Richmond, VA Bus Accident Attorneys
If you or a loved one have been injured in a bus accident, do not hesitate to contact a Richmond bus accident lawyer at Christina Pendleton & Associates. Our attorneys have years of experience in assisting our clients with their claims after tragic bus accidents. We will take care of the claim process for you so you can focus solely on your recovery. Call our office at 804-554-4444 or contact us online today for your free case evaluation.