Wilmington Bus Accident Lawyers
Representing Clients in Bus Accidents Anywhere in North Carolina
Public transit buses and private tour buses are large and unwieldy. Bus drivers are required to be thoroughly trained and hold a commercial driver's license (CDL). Unfortunately, it is not unusual for inexperienced or reckless drivers to lose control of their vehicles under adverse driving conditions or panic when unsure of what to do under emergency circumstances. Every year, large buses are involved in numerous crashes in North Carolina, resulting in serious injuries to passengers and car drivers involved.
Types of Bus Accident Injury Cases: Who Is Liable?
To file an injury claim in a bus accident case, the first step is to identify all liable parties. These vary widely, based upon the facts in the case. The bus may have failed due to a manufacturing defect or a faulty part or system. In other cases, bus driver error led to the accident. The owner of the bus may be private, or be a governmental body such as city, county, or state. Each case must be addressed on an individual basis, with the first order of business being a determination of what parties can be held liable.
A full evaluation of the damages will involve medical data to determine the long term impact of the injuries upon the victim. Cases of catastrophic injury mean that the individual will be facing a life of challenges, and may be unable to work, or in the most tragic cases, has been left completely incapacitated. The financial damages in these cases must be adequate to cover all of the following:
- Lost wages
- Costs of medical care, now and future
- Pain and suffering
At the Rhine Law Firm, P.C., we take on bus accident cases involving serious or catastrophic injuries, as well as wrongful death claims for families who have lost a loved one. We call upon our professional resources to assist in the process of valuing a claim, such as financial experts, medical experts, and accident investigation experts. Over our years serving North Carolina residents in bus accident cases, we have developed a powerful network of professional resources to access in these cases. As litigators, we have an extensive track record of success in personal injury claims, and can evaluate your bus accident case at no cost to you. As we generally take on such cases on a contingency fee basis, you need have no concerns about legal fees until we are successful in recovering compensation for you.
Causes of Bus Accidents: What Happened?
Bus accidents are far more common than most realize. Each case is different with regard to the underlying cause. Some of the most common causes of bus accidents include:
- Driving too fast for weather conditions
- Distracted driving
- Alcohol or drug intoxication
- Unsafe driving practices
- Faulty parts
- Faulty safety systems (brakes, tires, etc.)
- Failure to maintain bus and bus systems
- Failure to properly train driver
- Driver fatigue
The bus accident lawyers at the Rhine Law Firm, P.C., are fully qualified to protect your rights and interests in negotiating the terms of a settlement, or can likely take your case to court when there has been a failure to make a fair offer.
Private Buses vs. Public Buses: Injury Claims
Claims against private bus owners will be addressed differently than those involving public buses. It is imperative that your case is filed within the statute of limitations that apply to your specific situation. For public bus accidents that led to serious injuries, the process involves filing a claim form with the correct governmental agency. There is limited time in which to act in cases involving public bus accidents; it is advised that you connect with our firm immediately if you or a loved one was injured while travelling on public transportation. Filing a personal injury lawsuit against the State of North Carolina for a school bus accident will fall under the North Carolina Tort Claims Act; specific filings are required in cases in which the driver is an employee who works for the county or city in which you live.
If you were injured or have lost a loved one in a motor vehicle accident involving a Horizon, Greyhound, Wave Transit, or another public or private transportation bus, call Rhine Law Firm, P.C., in Wilmington. Attorney Joel Rhine is a trial lawyer with 30 years of experience and knowledge standing up to teams of corporate defense attorneys. He will work with accident reconstruction experts, when necessary, to determine the exact cause of the bus wreck and the parties that should be held liable for compensating you for your injuries and financial damages.
Mr. Rhine's experience in motor vehicle accident personal injury and wrongful death litigation involves large vehicle cases such as:
- Transit bus, train and trolley accidents
- Charter bus accidents
- UPS, FedEx delivery van, and commercial car and truck crashes
- Injuries from assault on public transportation
- School bus accidents
One may assume that city, county, or state buses will be eager to make right the damages. In fact, as with any costly claim, a settlement may be attempted, and governmental bodies are represented by skilled lawyers who are tasked with reducing the value of claims. Our lawyers have the litigation skills and knowledge that make it possible to level the playing field for the individual. With private bus companies, the process will move forward in a different manner, but in the end, any negotiations about the value of the settlement will also be impacted by the skills exhibited by your attorney.
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Not Sure Whether You Have a Bus Accident Case? Let Us Answer Your Questions
We offer a free consultation to review the circumstances of your accident and provide a clear explanation of your options for moving forward, if you have a legitimate claim for damages.
Call us at (910) 501-2474 or send an email with a brief description of the circumstances of your bus accident. We will set up an opportunity for a free consultation as soon as possible. Office hours 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Evening and weekend appointments also available. If our Wilmington auto accident lawyers handle your case, you will pay no attorneys' fees unless you win monetary damages in a settlement or jury verdict.
“Joel Rhine and his staff did everything possible to help us in a very dark period of our lives.”- John
“We were blessed to have them fighting for us and never giving up.”- Stewart
“Rhine Law Firm has a friendly, caring, professional staff and they worked hard for me.”- Becky
“I couldn't have asked for a better firm to handle my injury claim. If you do not have confidence with your attorney, you need to contact Rhine Law Firm immediately.”- Will
“Rhine Law Firm went out of their way to make sure that my mother-in-law obtains everything she is entitled to in an injury case.”- Lee