Detroit Bus Accident Attorneys
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bus accident, you should contact the attorneys at Ravid & Associates, P.C. immediately for help. Even though bus accidents are less common than standard vehicle accidents, the consequences can be much more severe. The victims often suffer broken bones, head trauma, and emotional distress, and these injuries can lead to countless medical expenses. The attorneys at Ravid & Associates, P.C. understand how difficult it can be to deal with the aftermath of a bus accident, and we are dedicated to putting bus accident victims on the road to recovery.
Since 1990, Ravid & Associates, P.C. has fought for the rights of accident victims in Detroit. Over this time, we have provided bus accident victims with large verdicts and settlements. One injured bus passenger received $200,000 from a settlement we negotiated with a city. Another bus passenger victim received a $185,000 settlement after injuries sustained during a collision. We don’t only represent bus passengers for these serious accidents. We also represent pedestrians or civilians who have been gravely injured by a bus. For example, we represented a pedestrian struck by a bus and won him a $980,000 settlement.
The experienced Detroit bus accident lawyers at Ravid & Associates, P.C. have helped over 10,000 Michigan families, and we are ready to help you too. With more than 180 combined years of experience, we will work hard to secure the compensation you deserve after suffering through a bus accident. Bus accidents can be very serious, and we will do everything we can to get you through this tough time. Call us today at (248) 948-9696 so that we can help you receive the compensation you deserve.
Why Do I Need a Bus Accident Attorney?
The injuries sustained from a bus accident can be catastrophic. Medical bills pile up after these types of grave injuries, and families are often unable to afford the necessary care. Choosing an experienced bus accident attorney is a critical step in securing the maximum compensation possible. As trial specialists with years of experience in bus accident cases, the attorneys of Ravid & Associates, P.C. will get you the compensation you deserve so that you can begin your road to recovery.
Why Choose Ravid & Associates, P.C.?
The attorneys at Ravid & Associates, P.C. are trial experts who have over 180 years of combined experience. We have won over $350 million in compensation for the victims of accidents over the years. David Lawrence Ravid, the founder of Ravid & Associates, P.C., has obtained numerous multi-million dollar results for victims throughout Michigan. Few attorneys in Detroit have similar credentials and experience, let alone an attorney who has tailored his skills to get the best results for bus accident victims.
Along with our credentials, at Ravid & Associates, P.C., we are aware of the tough situation bus accident victims are forced to endure. While we will use our experience to secure the maximum compensation possible, we are also known for our compassion and kindness toward our clients as they get through this difficult time. Our friendly attorneys and support staff will make sure that you have everything you need as we work hard to get you the results that you are owed.
Causes of Bus Accidents
Bus accidents can be caused by several factors. Some of the more common causes of bus accidents include the following:
- Bus driver recklessness: Bus drivers may disregard risks and cause injuries to passengers, pedestrians, or individuals in other automobiles. A bus driver may suddenly stop his vehicle, which may injure passengers in the bus or not give enough time for automobiles trailing the bus to stop. For instance, a passenger on a bus may be lawfully standing while the bus is in motion, but if the bus driver is operating the vehicle at an excessive speed and suddenly halts, the standing passenger may be seriously injured by the force of the sudden stop. Bus drivers may also engage in different kinds of reckless conduct like other motor vehicles. The sheer size and weight of a bus make these irresponsible maneuvers much more dangerous to everyone on the road. Bus drivers are trained to make proper observations before making a traffic maneuver. If a bus driver is careless, negligent, or distracted, he may cause serious injury to the passengers, pedestrians, or surrounding drivers.
- Negligence/recklessness of another driver: Bus accidents are not always caused by the bus driver. Often, drivers of other motor vehicles will recklessly operate their automobiles in the vicinity of buses to get in front of or maneuver around the bus. This dangerous conduct can lead to injuries to bus passengers, and the negligence of the first driver could cause multi-vehicle accidents that are very serious when a bus is involved.
- Inclement weather: Poor weather conditions require drivers to be more careful when operating a motor vehicle on the road. This is especially true for bus drivers, who operate massive vehicles transporting large amounts of passengers. If a bus has lost control because of inclement weather, the injuries can be deadly.
- Road defects: Potholes and other road conditions can disrupt a bus driver’s ability to maneuver on the roadway. This disruption can result in serious accidents, given the size and instability of buses. Often these road conditions could have been fixed long before the potential accident, but repairs were not made in a reasonable amount of time. This not only inconveniences the public, but it can lead to serious injuries for passengers of buses and other individuals on the roadway that might be struck by a bus that has lost control.
Any of these situations may lead to a serious bus accident in which you or a loved one is injured. An experienced attorney who understands victims’ rights in bus accidents will be able to help you in your time of need. The issues in these types of cases can be complicated, but the experienced attorneys at Ravid & Associates, P.C. will take care of the legal intricacies and make sure you recover the compensation and justice you deserve.
Frequently Asked Questions
At Ravid & Associates, P.C., we understand that you have many questions in the wake of your bus accident. We have answered some of the most frequently asked questions we receive, but please feel free to call us at (248) 948-9696 if you need any further information.
Who can be held liable in a bus accident case?
Many different parties could be liable for a bus accident. If you are a passenger on the bus and the bus collides with another automobile because of the negligent conduct of the other driver, you could be entitled to recover from that other driver. If the bus driver’s negligent and reckless conduct causes you to sustain injuries, whether you are a passenger of the bus, a driver of another automobile, or a pedestrian walking along the sidewalk, you may be entitled to recovery from the bus driver and other parties. Buses are likely owned by some transportation company or municipality, and these entities are responsible for hiring and training proper bus drivers. If they have failed to do so, they may be liable for your injuries. In addition, the bus-owning entities may be responsible for checking and maintaining the vehicle. If the brakes on the bus have not been properly inspected, then you may also recover from the transportation company, municipality, or whatever party was responsible for the maintenance of the bus.
How long do I have to file a lawsuit after an accident?
There will be a statute of limitations from the date of the accident. Calling the attorneys at Ravid & Associates, P.C. as soon as possible is the most effective way to get full and fair compensation for your injuries. The longer you wait to contact our attorneys, the more likely it is that useful evidence may be misplaced or destroyed.
Why is a bus accident different than a car accident?
While buses are subject to the laws that apply generally to motor vehicles, there are some differences because buses are often transporting passengers for hire. Because of this, bus driver liability for injuries suffered by the passengers is subject to a different set of laws. In addition to the differences in laws, buses are much more massive and dangerous than other automobiles, and buses may be transporting a large number of passengers at any point. Because of these factors, bus accidents can result in a large number of serious injuries in a single collision. It’s best to contact one of our experienced bus accident attorneys so that they can help you through the complex legal issues.
Bus Accident Statistics
In 2016, there were over 1,500 bus accidents in Michigan. Five of these crashes resulted in fatalities, and 300 of these collisions resulted in injuries. Given these numbers, about one in every five bus accidents resulted in an injury. These injuries are often severe and require extensive medical treatment because of the force involved in a bus collision.
If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a bus accident, please contact Ravid & Associates, P.C. so that we can help you get the compensation you deserve. We have successfully helped bus accident victims in Michigan for many years. Our team of passionate attorneys will use our experience and skill to fight compassionately for you and your loved ones. Please fill out our contact form or call us at (248) 948-9696.