Bus Accident Lawyers

We'll Fight Against The Bus and Insurance Companies So You Don’t Have To

As the number of people utilizing public transportation has risen each year, so has the number of people hurt or killed in often preventable bus-related accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured in a public or private bus accident as either a passenger, pedestrian, or driver, you may have a valid claim against anyone at fault and may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and other losses and damages. Nobody should be left to deal with the emotional, physical, or financial consequences of an accident that they weren't responsible for.

The experienced bus accident lawyers at Grimes Teich Anderson understand the difficulties that victims and their families face in the wake of a bus accident. Our attorneys are ready to represent you and ensure you receive any compensation you may be entitled to for your losses.

Determining Liability in a Bus Crash

It can often be challenging to determine liability in a bus crash without the help of a lawyer. In some cases, more than one individual or entity can share fault for the collision. As lawyers for North Carolina and South Carolina bus crash victims, we often investigate:

  • Bus drivers
  • Bus owners or operators
  • Bus manufacturers
  • Bus maintenance technicians or contractors
  • Parts manufacturers

Finding out who caused an accident is essential, not just to get closure but also to get the compensation you deserve and hold the negligent parties responsible.

Recovering Damages for Losses After a Bus Accident

Bus accidents can cause devastating injuries or even permanent disabilities. The compensation you receive depends upon the facts and circumstances of your bus accident. Your insurance coverage may help you to pay some of the expenses related to a bus accident injury. However, if your settlement offer isn't enough, you could be left with piles of what seems to be never-ending medical bills. An experienced North Carolina and South Carolina bus accident attorney can fight to secure damages for your:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages and income
  • Future medical care
  • Non-economic damages, like pain and suffering or post-traumatic stress disorder

At Grimes Teich Anderson, we'll work to ensure you receive all the compensation to which you're entitled.

What Causes A Bus Accident?

Bus accident injuries can range from relatively minor bumps, bruises, and scrapes to more severe injuries like broken bones, internal injuries such as a traumatic brain injury, and even death. Determining the cause of a bus accident is essential because it helps identifies who and what entity can be legally responsible for a crash victim's damages. Some scenarios that can lead to severe, sometimes fatal bus accidents include:

  1. Driver Error. All drivers can make mistakes, even when they're trying to do the right thing and drive safely. One problem with buses is that it can be difficult for drivers to see other vehicles on the road because they're so large. Buses have more blind spots than passenger cars, and it can be challenging to maneuver and merge into traffic.
  2. Speeding. With their pre-determined timetables, bus drivers are under a tremendous amount of pressure to stay on schedule. When something causes a delay, there is a temptation to make up the time by driving at high rates of speed. Because of buses' increased weight and size, speeding makes it much more difficult for bus drivers to stop if traffic suddenly slows or stops.
  3. Driver Fatigue. Exhaustion is common among bus drivers, as they have rigorous schedules. However, when a driver starts to become overly tired, their reaction times get slower, and they are less alert, which can be a huge factor in causing an accident.
  4. Driving While Intoxicated. Getting behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal for all drivers, not just bus drivers. However, it's especially problematic for a bus driver who's carrying passengers. Bus drivers who cause an accident while operating a vehicle under the influence can be criminally charged and held responsible for civil damages.
  5. Bus Maintenance. Both state and federal laws require bus companies to perform routine maintenance checks to ensure that buses are safe and functioning properly. However, some companies fail to perform required inspections or overlook necessary repairs to avoid spending money.
  6. External Factors. Snow, heavy rain, wind, and other weather conditions can leave roads slippery and impact the driver's visibility or maneuverability. However, the weather isn't the only condition that causes accidents. Poor road conditions such as potholes, low lighting, construction zones, unmarked curves, and other road maintenance issues can also cause bus accidents.

Essential Tips Following a Bus Accident

We know that it can be a very confusing, frustrating, and overwhelming time in the days following an accident. To protect your legal rights and ensure you get the maximum compensation you deserve, you should consider these important tips of what to do after an accident:

  1. Contact the Police. It's essential to obtain a copy of the accident report that was prepared on the scene. Having a copy of the police report will allow you to verify that your account of how the bus accident happened was accurately recorded and that the at-fault driver's statements do not falsely shift blame onto you or another party.
  2. Seek Medical Attention. It's critical that you receive medical attention as soon as possible after you have been injured in a bus accident. Even if you believe your injuries are insignificant, there are often injuries invisible to the eye that can turn into a chronic injury or disability.
  3. Begin Documenting Everything. It's important that you have documentation of everything you've experienced during and after an accident. We recommended:
    • Taking photos and documenting all your injuries as soon as possible after the accident.
    • Keeping a detailed list with receipts of any out-of-pocket expenses you incur following an accident.
    • Recording all the days you missed work or other activities due to injuries.
    • Writing down dates of visits with doctors or other healthcare providers and keeping a journal of any symptoms or pain you experience.
    • Requesting copies of any test results, medications, treatments, or any other relevant medical information.
  1. Do Not Accept A Settlement Offer From An Insurance Company. The danger with insurance company settlements, releases, and waivers is that they may contain language that  may cause the victim to unknowingly forfeit all of their legal rights to the compensation and benefits that they are entitled to under the law. The best way to ensure your rights are protected is to consult with an experienced bus accident attorney before you talk to an insurance adjuster or agree to sign anything.

Do I Need A Lawyer After A Bus Accident?

It can be challenging to deal with a bus company's large-scale defense team alone after an accident. Without the help of a lawyer, the bus company and insurance companies often deny fault or pressure victims into settling for minimal compensation. A skilled personal injury lawyer who has experience with these types of cases is a vital ally. An attorney has the expertise needed to examine the situation's complexities, build a compelling case, ensure your rights are protected, and help you get the full compensation you deserve. They can also offer advice about potential strategies, negotiate a settlement on your behalf, or file a lawsuit if needed, so you can focus on recovering physically after an accident.

Protecting Good People in the Carolinas After a Bus Accident

Bus companies often have unlimited resources, including teams of lawyers and experts prepared to fight against any claims or lawsuit you may file after an accident. At Grimes Teich Anderson, our bus accident attorneys in NC and SC have decades of combined experience. They will put it to work by advocating for your best interests.* Our team is committed to helping innocent accident victims that are facing terrible physical, emotional, and financial pain because of someone else's careless, reckless, or harmful actions.

If a bus crash leaves you or a loved one suffering from serious injuries, contact the experienced, hard-working injury attorneys at Grimes Teich Anderson as soon as you can. Call us today at 800-533-6845 or complete our free case evaluation form online.

"I made a wise decision in choosing Grimes Teich Anderson to handle my personal injury claim. I would recommend them to anyone who finds themselves battling an insurance company that doesn’t care that you’re injured and in a bind. Great job guys."

Paul W.

Client

"Great experience having GTA handle my case. I will recommend them to all my friends and family. Very professional and knowledgeable about workers compensation law."

Rusty G.

Client

"What a great group to work with. Grimes Teich Anderson are very knowledgeable and take the time to go over everything and explain the process clearly to make sure you get the most you deserve. I highly recommend this firm."

Colleen M.

Client

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To fully recover from an accident, you need an aggressive legal team that does not rest until they get the results you want and need. At Grimes Teich Anderson, our experienced team remains available to you 24/7. If you have questions about an injury or disability matter, contact us today.

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We have multiple locations in the Carolinas to serve you

Grimes Teich Anderson is open for business during Covid 19. We offer free injury consultations and can get started on your case electronically.

535 College St.
Asheville, NC 28801
Phone: 828.251.0800

12474 S. Hwy 226
Spruce Pine, NC 28777
Phone: 828.766.7700

244 Porter Street Suite D
Franklin, NC 28734
Phone: 828.564.2488

385 N Haywood St.
Waynesville, NC 28786
Phone: 828.452.7888

117 Laurel Dr
Rutherfordton, NC 28139
Phone: 828.286.1033

111 E North St.
Greenville, SC 29601
Phone: 864.421.0770

207 S Limestone St.
Gaffney, SC 29340
Phone: 864.839.3645

3229 Magnolia St.
Spartanburg, SC 29306
Phone: 864.398.4600

*Each case is different, so not all information on this website, as well as some which may not be provided, will apply to every case. Because the facts and relevant laws are different from case to case, Grimes Teich Anderson does not guarantee that the outcome, results, or experiences with one lawyer or one case will be similar to another.

Except for Employment Law Cases, Attorney's fees are a percentage of the entire recovery and will be deducted before other expenses. In addition to the fee in these cases, Client will be responsible for litigation expenses, which will either be deducted from the recovery or paid by the client. Some Employment Law Cases may be handled on a contingency fee basis and others handled on an hourly basis, where the client is billed for the hours spent on the case. Based on our experience, we will advise you of the most appropriate fee arrangement in Employment Law cases.

Material on this website is for information purposes and is not legal advice.

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