Boulder Bus Accident Attorney
Recent crash data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reveals that more than 35,000 people nationwide sustained injuries on large buses in 2016, and that more than 250 of them died. People in and around Boulder ride buses every day. They take public transportation, they ride private carriers long distance, and they take the bus to school. And, like the rest of the country, when Boulder citizens fall victim to bus accidents, their lives can turn upside down.
If you or your child were injured in a bus accident, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Call one of the experienced Boulder personal injury lawyers at Tenge Law Firm, LLC at (303) 665-2929 to find out how we may be able to help.
The team at Tenge Law Firm, LLC has years of experience negotiating, settling, and litigating personal injury cases, including those that involve bus accidents. We have recently won verdicts and negotiated settlements for our clients that range from $200,000 to well over $1,000,000. These are examples of past results and do not guarantee outcomes. Every case and client has unique facts and circumstances, but the lawyers at Tenge Law Firm, LLC always work their hardest work to achieve the best outcome possible.
A bus accident can cause catastrophic damage to vehicles outside the bus and passengers inside it, particularly when the bus lacks safety restraints or passengers aren’t wearing them. Some common injuries that might occur in a bus accident include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones, traumatic amputations, and crush injuries
- Neck and soft tissue injuries
A wide array of parties might be liable for injuries bus passengers sustain in a bus accident. Determining which of them has responsibility for paying damages to victims can be complicated, especially because separate parties may own, operate, and maintain a single bus. In our experience at Tenge Law Firm, LLC, any of the following parties may bear some or all of the fault for causing a bus accident, and some or all of the liability for paying for the damages it caused:
- Bus drivers who break traffic laws and put their passengers and the public at risk by speeding, driving while distracted, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or driving while fatigued.
- Bus owners who have responsibility for maintaining buses in proper working condition and hiring and training competent drivers to operate them.
- Maintenance companies who have been contracted to maintain and owe a duty to bus owners and the public to do their jobs with sufficient care.
- Bus or bus part manufacturers or retailers who have an obligation to ensure their products are safe for their intended use, and not defective in their design, manufacture, or lack of adequate warnings.
- Other drivers who fail to operate their own vehicles in a safe and responsible manner, and thereby cause an accident involving a bus.
- Government entities who are responsible for designing and maintaining roads, crosswalks, and other public ways in safe conditions.
Damages for injuries sustained in an accident that was someone else’s fault can be divided into two basic categories: compensatory damages and exemplary (or “punitive”) damages. Compensatory damages aim to compensate the victim for expenses directly related to the injury. They may include:
- Medical costs including ambulance, hospital stays, x-rays, doctor visits, travel expenses, surgery, prescription medication
- Future medical costs
- Lost wages and benefits if the victim had to take time off of work to recover
- Lost earning capacity if the victim cannot return to work
- Pain and suffering and other non-economic damages, such as loss of consortium
Exemplary damages, on the other hand, aim to punish the party responsible for causing the accident an injury. These damages are less common and will typically only be awarded under Colorado law when that party acted with malice or in a “willful and wanton” manner.
Colorado is a so-called “modified comparative negligence” state. This means that once the court (or a jury) determines that a defendant, or defendants, are legally responsible for causing the plaintiff’s injuries, the court must then assign a percentage of fault to each party in the lawsuit. If the court finds the plaintiff partially to blame for his or her own injury, then the court reduces the damage award by that percentage. But, if the plaintiff’s percentage of fault rises above 50 percent, the plaintiff cannot recover any damages at all.
Because of this rule, defendants and their insurers have a strong incentive to pin as much of the blame for an accident on the victim as possible. They may even try to get victims to make statements or admissions of fault while the victims are still recovering from their injuries, knowing it’s a vulnerable time and that the victims’ guards will be down. Which is why it can be critically important for victims to retain an attorney experienced in guiding clients through the minefield of potential mistakes that could result in them losing their right to damages.
The Tenge Law Firm, LLC represents the victims of other peoples’ negligence and reckless conduct, and our track record of success speaks for itself. Our initial consultation is always free for potential clients, and in most cases we represent clients on a contingent fee basis in which we don’t get paid unless our clients get paid.
If you or your child have sustained an injury in a bus accident in the Boulder area, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Hiring a skilled, compassionate personal injury lawyer can make all of the difference in ensuring that your rights are protected and you are able to recover every dollar of compensation you deserve. Don’t wait. Contact the experienced legal team at the Tenge Law Firm, LLC in Boulder either online or by phone at (303) 665-2929 to schedule a free consultation today.
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