North Georgia School Bus Accidents Lawyers
School bus accidents can cause very serious injuries. We have successfully resolved many school bus accident cases, winning six-figure settlements for our injured clients.
Think you have a case?
Common causes of school bus accidents include driver distraction or negligence due to fatigue, poor road conditions and construction problems, mechanical issues and other motorists. When suing, there are special things to consider about school bus accidents compared to auto accidents. One is that many buses are owned by state or local government entities, and a government employee could be under sovereign immunity — this is the government’s immunity from a lawsuit. With school bus accidents, time is of the essence. A notice of claim (a notification of your intent to sue) is due within just a few months, or you will lose the ability to sue. The final difference to consider is that there may be a limit on the amount of damages that you can recover because of the states’ limiting power. Claims are typically filed against bus drivers, another motorist and the school bus manufacturer.
What do I need to know?
1 - Your medical condition: Seek appropriate medical attention immediately. Many injuries and their symptoms do not show up right away, so you must be thoroughly examined.
2 - Your evidence: Always call the police and gather information, as there could be important evidence at the scene that needs to be preserved. Examples include photos of vehicle damage and debris, videos of witnesses providing statements, photos of skid marks indicating speeding, and photos of the positioning of the vehicle. It’s also important to note any useful information including how fast you were going, where the accident took place, who you were with, what the weather was like, descriptions of the road and traffic conditions, the full names, addresses and phone numbers of passengers, witnesses, and drivers, insurance information from other drivers involved, and any other details you can remember. Do not give recorded statements to the other party’s insurance company or investigator without having your law firm involved.
3 - Your position: Answer all appropriate questions pertaining to your loss. Did you have to take off work a few weeks to recover? Are you now permanently disabled? Did you have to change jobs? Have you endured prolonged physical pain? Did you lose a loved one? The answers to these questions will help in building your case. Even if you are unsure if the accident was your fault, it is important not to admit guilt until an attorney investigates your case.
How can you help me?
Our reputable law firm has many years of experience working with school bus accident victims in North Georgia. We can help you identify the cause of the accident and hold the responsible party accountable for their negligence.
What should I do now?
Schedule your free consultation today and let us get to work for you.