According to crash statistics from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Louisiana had 286 bus crashes that resulted in 803 injuries and five deaths in 2019. If you were involved in a bus collision, a bus accident lawyer in New Orleans can help you seek compensation.
Morris Bart attorneys help accident victims hold the at-fault parties responsible and build strong claims for financial recoveries. We can work with injured bus passengers and other motorists struck by buses. If your loved one lost their life in a bus accident, we can also help you with a wrongful death case.
Compensation May Be Available for the Damages You Incurred
Accidents involving buses can be dangerous and destructive because of their size. It may be possible to recover compensation in your bus accident and injury case by:
- Proving that a bus driver (or another liable party) caused the accident
- Gathering evidence to support your claim
- Documenting your related expenses and losses
- Filing an insurance claim and/or a lawsuit against the responsible party
Our bus accident lawyers in New Orleans understand how to manage this process and pursue compensation for victims like you.
Personal Injury Damages
In a bus accident case, our New Orleans personal injury lawyers may be able to help you recover compensation for your:
- Current medical costs
- Future treatment and care needs
- Lost wages, benefits, and other income
- Reduced earning capacity
- Property damages
- Additional expenses
- Pain and suffering damages
Wrongful Death Damages
If you are filing a New Orleans wrongful death case, we may be able to help you recover compensation for:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Loss of income
- Loss of services
- Loss of companionship
- Other types of non-economic damages
Your compensation will be dependent upon your case’s circumstances, and no two cases are exactly the same. We can help you determine all the losses associated with your case and set a fair value to negotiate for on your behalf.
For a free legal consultation with a Bus Accident lawyer serving New Orleans, call (504) 613-4771
Not All New Orleans Bus Accident Cases Follow the Same Claims Process
Many different companies and agencies run bus services in New Orleans. These services are provided by municipal agencies, private companies, and individual charters. The type of organization operating the bus involved could alter the process of filing a claim in pursuit of compensation.
Per La. Civ. Code Art. 2320, a company may be responsible for their worker’s negligent behavior when it occurs on the job. This liability can include bus drivers who cause collisions that hurt passengers or other road users. Accordingly, your case may go against a bus driver and/or their employer.
We Can Help With Many Different Types of Bus Accidents
Our New Orleans bus accident attorneys know how to handle claims or lawsuits based on a bus accident. Some types of buses that could be involved in an Orleans Parish bus collision include:
- New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA)
- A bus from an area school system
- Greyhound or Megabus
- Party buses and other similar vehicles
- Private coaches and motorhomes
There are different rules regarding claims against a government agency, company, or individual that may impact how we approach a bus accident case.
We Will Investigate Your Bus Accident Case
Proving liability can be tricky when multiple parties are involved. But a New Orleans bus accident attorney from our law firm can investigate your bus accident case by:
- Interviewing eyewitnesses
- Obtaining key documents
- Surveying the scene
- Enlisting the help of experts, if necessary
- Proving expenses and losses
This process may allow us to develop a solid argument that you were the victim of the at-fault party’s negligence. Once our investigation into your case is complete, we can begin pursuing compensation via an insurance claim or lawsuit.
What Is the Timeline for a Bus Accident Case?
In general, there is a one-year deadline for suing the liable parties after a collision in Louisiana. This deadline is true for:
- Personal injury lawsuits, where you have one year from the date of the accident to sue under Civ. Code Art. 3492
- Wrongful death lawsuits, where you have one year from the date of your loved one’s death to sue under Civ. Code Art. 2315.2
There are exceptions to these general deadlines, and some circumstances may shorten the time you have to sue. Thankfully, we sometimes reach settlements for our clients before needing to sue.
An attorney from our firm can provide you with information on what specific deadlines pertain to your case when you contact us following the accident.
Morris Bart, LLC Has More than 40 Years of Experience With Accident Claims
The Morris Bart law firm has served injured accident victims for more than four decades. We have 15 locations across the Gulf South and provide representation in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas.
Our Record of Success
The Morris Bart law firm secured compensation for our clients in more than 6,500 cases in 2019. This figure includes both negotiated settlements and court awards. Past case results for our New Orleans car accident clients include:
- $852,845 for a client with facial fractures, neck pain, and back pain
- $450,000 for a client requiring lower back surgery
A personal injury lawyer from our team may be able to help with your bus accident case, too.
Speak With a New Orleans Bus Accident Attorney Today
A bus accident lawyer in New Orleans from our office can help you seek compensation based on the facts of your collision. We can manage all of the legal work in your case while you focus on your recovery. The sooner you contact our firm, the sooner we can start working on your behalf.
The Morris Bart law office in New Orleans offers complimentary consultations for bus collision victims. During this consultation we will assess your rights and options at no cost to you. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about our services.
Questions?Call (504) 613-4771
to find a Morris Bart office near you.