Bus Accident Lawyers in Buffalo, NY
Imagine this situation: You are riding a bus to work when it gets suddenly and violently sideswiped by a car. You are tossed about, hurting, and confused. What should you do next? What you shouldn’t do is dust yourself off, board another bus, and make your way to work. As the victim of a bus accident in western New York, you are eligible for compensation. But the only way to ensure you get that proper compensation is to retain the services of experienced bus accident lawyers as soon as possible.
Many Different Types of Bus Accidents
On average, there are about 63,000 bus accidents each year in the United States. There are almost as many types of bus accidents as there are types of buses. You can get into a bus accident while riding a commuter bus. You can strike or be struck by a bus while driving a personal automobile. Your children could be riding a bus to school when it crashes due to bad weather.
These are just a few examples of possible bus accidents. Each type has different factors involved, but any of them can make you eligible for compensation.
Who Pays for the Damages?
In most cases, insurance companies pay compensation for a bus accident. Depending on the details of the accident, it could be the insurance company of the bus owner, the bus driver, or the driver of a car that struck a bus. In rare cases, it could even be the insurance company of the property the bus was driving on.
Regardless of which insurance company is paying, one fact is universally true. Insurance companies will make extraordinary efforts to pay as little money as possible. This is why you need to retain the services of experienced bus accident lawyers as quickly as possible.
How Bus Accident Lawyers Protect Your Rights
Bus accident lawyers are familiar with the convoluted laws regarding bus accidents. They can determine what you are owed and arrange for you to get appropriate medical testing to discover any possible long-term injuries.
Insurance companies will try to obscure the facts to avoid liability. But if you contact a law office early enough, your lawyer will collect all of the evidence before memories fade or evidence is lost. Armed with this evidence, your lawyer can demand the highest possible reward for you based on the facts.
At The Law Offices of Kenneth Hiller, PLLC, we take this one step further. We have never been shy about prosecuting these cases, and insurance companies in the western New York area are aware of this.
If they try to make an unfair offer, we will fight it. Most insurance companies would rather offer you additional compensation than spend money on lawyers, which could still result in increased payouts.
Why Do You Need Bus Accident Lawyers?
One of the first questions we often receive is whether a general practice lawyer would suffice. You can take that risk if you want, but you aren’t likely to get the compensation you deserve.
Bus accidents are extremely complicated cases. There are numerous laws specific to buses, especially when school buses are involved. Many buses are also connected to the local government, complicating bus accident cases.
Bus accident lawyers in western New York have the experience with these types of cases to maneuver past the many roadblocks and make complicated determinations about liability.
Without the representation of a specialist, you could be bogged down in litigation for years before receiving any compensation. And that is the kind of delay you can’t afford when you are currently suffering injuries that may be long-term.
What Are Common Injuries from Bus Accidents?
Most bus accident victims were passengers on a bus. Due to the lack of seatbelts and the design of busses, common injuries include:
- Head injuries, including concussions
- Lacerations from glass
- Broken bones
- Torn soft tissue
- Internal injuries
Most buses don’t have the protective features of personal automobiles. This means that when injuries happen, they are more likely to be worse—and may even affect the victim for the rest of their life.
It is critically important that you visit a doctor as quickly as possible and receive a full check-up after a bus accident. Bus accident lawyers at The Law Offices of Kenneth Hiller will direct you to specialists who will make fast and accurate medical determinations.
When You Need More than Immediate Benefits
Many bus accident lawyers will only get you compensation for your injuries and lost property. This often isn’t enough after a bus accident. Many of our clients have long-term injuries that limit their ability to earn a living for years, if not the rest of their lives.
At The Law Offices of Kenneth Hiller, PLLC, our bus accident lawyers are fully versed in disability law. Your lawyer will walk you through all of the facts you need to know about filing for disability and do as much of the legal paperwork as possible.
We support you throughout the entire process, including all appeals, and provide plenty of resources to help you return to a normal life.
Best of all, the lawyer that represents you in your bus accident case (and possibly trial) will be the same lawyer that represents you in your disability case.
We make a guarantee at The Law Offices of Kenneth Hiller, PLLC. We will not switch you back and forth between multiple associates. You will deal with a single lawyer from start to finish, no matter what legal issues arise.
What If You Want to Go to Court?
It isn’t unreasonable that you might want to have your day in court. A court trial might suit you better than a settlement if you are trying to expose recklessness or bad behavior. Alternatively, if you are unsatisfied with a settlement offer—even if it is reasonable—a court trial could result in higher rewards.
While we may warn you about potential consequences, we will never prevent you from going to trial. We have decades of western New York trial experience at The Law Offices of Kenneth Hiller, PLLC, and a long record of success. Whatever your goal may be, we will do our best to get you the results you are looking for.
How Much Will Representation Cost?
It will cost you nothing for an initial consultation. Our law firm offers free, same-day consultations, either in-house or by phone. If we determine that you have a legitimate case based on that consultation, we will usually take your case on a contingency fee.
What Is a Contingency Fee?
A contingency fee means that we only get paid if you get paid. If we fail to get you money, there is no cost.
Furthermore, your fee will always be a percentage of your compensation. Therefore, you will never be charged more than you received in recovery.
In most of the cases we take, clients receive significantly more than we receive in legal fees. This is why we have dozens of testimonials from our thousands of satisfied clients over the years.
Schedule A Free Consultation With Our Bus Accident Lawyers Today
If you or a loved one was injured or had property damaged due to a bus accident, contact the bus accident lawyers at The Law Offices of Kenneth Hiller, PLLC, today for your free, same-day consultation.