Maryland Bus Accident Lawyer
If you or someone you love has been injured in a Maryland bus accident, the victim in the collision may be eligible to receive compensation for their injuries.
At the law offices of Goldberg Finnegan, our team of bus accident lawyers have managed personal injury claims against bus companies and insurance providers, and are very familiar with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety regulations affecting your specific claim.
Bus Accident Lawsuits
Injuries resulting from bus accidents can be severe, including brain injuries, spinal cord damage, burns, lacerations, disfigurement, broken bones, paralysis, and even death. The following includes some common types of bus accident lawsuits:
Lawsuits filed to recover for injuries caused during a bus accident will often be based on the negligence of the bus driver. Some forms of negligence may include:
- Driver exhaustion
- Failing to stop at weight stations
- Failure to obey traffic laws
- Failure to see other vehicle because of blind spots
- Lack of familiarity
- Operating oversized trucks on constricted roads
- Overloaded trucks
If a defect of the bus or one of its components contributed to the collision, the victim may file a claim against the product manufacturer. Product liability is based on the manufacturers negligence, thus meaning the injured party must prove:
- The bus or part was unreasonably dangerous
- The bus was being operated as intended by the manufacturer
- The busses performance was unchanged since original purchase
Often times, bus accidents are so severe the victims do not survive the accident. In some instances, family members bring a claim on behalf of a loved one to recover for their losses. During a wrongful death claim, a family member must prove the same facts as the deceased, just as they would if they survived the accident and were chasing a claim of their own. A lawyer can assist family members to recover non-economic, economic, and punitive damages associated with the loss of their loved one.
What Compensation is Available?
Compensation for losses and damages resulting from a bus accident will typically be separated into two categories: non-economic and economic. In some cases, punitive damages may also be available.
Non-economic damages are intended to indemnify the victim or family members for non-financial losses. Some non-economic damages include:
- Loss of consortium
- Mental Anguish
- Pain and suffering
Economic damages attempt to indemnify an injured person or family for their losses. Some economic damages include:
- Current medical bills
- Future medical bills
- Loss of earning capacity
- Lost wages
Punitive damages may be at one's disposal if the defendant acted in a malicious, willful, or intentional manner causing the injuries. Punitive damages serve to punish the wrongdoer and avert similar actions in the future.
Contact Our Silver Spring Bus Accident Lawyers Today
If you or a loved one has been involved in a bus accident in Maryland, contact a lawyer as soon as possible.
There is a certain amount of time you have to file an insurance claim, and bring your claim against the defending party.