Bus Accidents

Darlington County, South Carolina Bus Accident Lawyer

People throughout the state of South Carolina rely on buses and other forms of mass transit to get them safely from place to place. For many, buses represent a more affordable means of transportation, and, fortunately, buses typically are not involved in very serious collisions. That said, this isn’t always true, and sometimes, a bus accident can leave victims severely injured. If you were hurt in a bus accident due to no fault of your own, contact a knowledgeable bus accident lawyer from James Law Office to learn more about how we can help.

Bus Accident Lawyer | Fighting for Those Injured on Mass Transit

Each year, roughly hundreds of people are wrongfully injured in bus accidents here in the state of South Carolina, and for a variety of reasons. Unfortunately, bus accidents often occur when passengers are on board, and, as a result, often injure multiple people. That said, if you were hurt in a bus accident that wasn’t your fault, you most likely have a valid route to financial compensation. Our Darlington County, South Carolina auto accident lawyer is here to assist you.

Bus Accident Causes / Contributors

Bus accidents typically travel at lower speeds, so often, when they’re involved in accidents, passengers typically aren’t critically injured. However, this doesn’t mean that passengers escape scot-free every time. Further, even when traveling at lower speeds, when buses collide with other smaller motor vehicles, such as cars, those drivers are often injured. Though bus accidents can occur for a number of reasons, including faulty bus parts, negligent bus maintenance, or even unsafe weather conditions, they’re typically caused by bus driver negligence. Some of the most common types of bus driver negligence we see are as follows:

  • Discharging passengers carelessly
  • Failing to account for large blind spots
  • Reading maps or looking at a GPS while driving
  • Starting the bus before everyone is seated
  • Failing to have safety equipment on board
  • Driving while under the influence
  • Exceeding the speed limit
  • Taking turns too sharply

Financial Compensation

If you were harmed in a bus accident that was caused by the negligence of another, you likely qualify for compensation, but we’ll have to provide evidence to show that you were hurt due to no fault of your own. This is known as satisfying the burden of proof. We will collect various forms of evidence, including pictures of the accident, witness statements, medical bills, a copy of the police report filed at the scene, and more. As long as you and your bus accident lawyer can satisfy the burden of proof, you should receive compensation for your injuries.

Time Limits on Bus Accident Injury Claims

If the bus that caused your accident was privately-owned, you likely will have three years from the date of your accident to sue, in accordance with South Carolina’s statute of limitations. That said, if the bus was owned by the state or a municipality, you will only have two years to file a notice of claim under the South Carolina Torts Claims Act within two years of the date your accident happened.

Contact a South Carolina Bus Accident Lawyer

If you were hurt in a bus accident here in South Carolina, please don’t hesitate to contact the James Law Office for assistance. We’re dedicated to helping accident victims here in SC through each phase of the claims process so they can move on with their lives.

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