Many folks living in and around Chester County depend on buses to get them from point A to point B safely, and typically, that’s the case, with several bus lines available for their use. However, bus accidents in Pennsylvania are not unheard of, and when they occur, the injuries sustained can be quite serious. If you or a loved one have been hurt while riding a bus or when a bus collided with you as a pedestrian or driver/occupant of a motor vehicle, you may have the grounds to file a claim in civil court to seek monetary recovery of your damages. Our Chester County bus accident attorney can help.
At the Dan Doyle Law Group, our Chester County bus accident attorney understands the complicated claims process when it comes to accidents involving the public or commercial transit systems. We have the resources necessary to lodge an effective claim and help you get the maximum settlement or verdict in your case.
Compensation in Chester County Bus Accident Claims
Compensatory awards in your bus accident claim may include a mix of economic, noneconomic, and punitive damages. Some elements taken into consideration during the negotiation or litigation processes include:
- Measurable economic losses. These losses form the basis of most bus accident claims, based on medical bills resulting from your injuries, lost income due to missing work to recuperate from injuries, your diminished capacity to earn a living due to an injury-related disability, and other types of quantifiable losses. Claimants sustaining permanent disabilities or impairments usually receive a more generous payout for their injuries.
- Subjective non-economic damages. Losses that are harder to calculate include pain and suffering, emotional distress, mental anguish, and loss of consortium.
- Punitive damages, if applicable. Although it is quite rare to receive a punitive award in a bus accident claim, it is not completely off the table in cases where the at-fault party showed particular disdain for human life, malice, recklessness, or wanton intent that resulted in the accident and your injuries. This type of award is meant to punish the defendant in such cases and to serve as a deterrent for others who might seek to do the same.
- Property damage. The inclusion of property damage in a bus accident claim is standard and includes the cost of repairing or replacing any property damaged or lost as a result of the accident.
Who is Liable in a Chester County Bus Accident Claim?
Liability in a bus accident does not always rest solely on the shoulders of the bus operator or some other driver on the roadway. The owner of the bus, whether a private, public, or government entity, may also be named in a bus accident claim. Additionally, the bus manufacturer or the manufacturer of any parts or equipment used in servicing, maintaining, or repairing the bus may also be partly to blame. Our team uses a bevy of tools to help us determine who to hold accountable in your case, from camera recordings to eyewitness accounts.
Consult with Our Chester County Bus Accident Attorney
Trust the Chester County bus accident attorney with the Dan Doyle Law Group to help you hold the responsible party in your bus accident claim accountable for your injuries.
Reach out to us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling 215-987-3730.