Were you or a loved one injured in a bus accident in Reno, NV? Buses are large and heavy. That means they tend to cause serious damage in an accident. An experienced Reno bus accident lawyer at Battle Born Injury Lawyers can help you fight to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and more.
Over the years, our lawyers have helped injured clients like you recover over $100 million in settlements and verdicts. We’re ready to put more than 85 years of combined experience to work for you.
How Battle Born Injury Lawyers Can Help After a Bus Accident in Reno
Bus accident claims can be more challenging than other personal injury claims. You may be forced to go up against a large commercial insurance company, bus company, or government authorities. That can be intimidating even without the added stress of a serious injury.
At Battle Born Injury Lawyers, our team is prepared to handle the heavy lifting so you can recover.
Hiring our Reno personal injury attorneys gives your case an advantage because we will:
- Investigate and locate all responsible parties
- Determine who is legally liable for your damages
- Stand up for you if someone tries to blame you for causing the accident
- Identify the damages you have sustained and calculate your case value
- Prepare your insurance demand
- Handle all insurance negotiations
Over the years, our lawyers have been recognized as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. We’ve also won the Avvo Clients’ Choice Award for our exceptional legal representation.
If you’re interested in learning more about our practice areas and experience, call for a free consultation with a Reno personal injury lawyer today.
How Common Are Bus Accidents in Reno?
The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) operates the public bus system in Reno and across Washoe County. Over 4 million people used the RTC bus system in 2021 alone–that’s over 14,000 riders each weekday.
Most rides occur without any problem. However, when accidents involving buses do happen, the resulting injuries can be serious.
According to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) data, 156 buses were involved in fatal accidents across the U.S. in 2020. At least 46 fatal school bus accidents were reported that year.
At Battle Born Injury Lawyers, we handle all types of bus accident cases, including those involving:
- RTC buses
- School buses
- Greyhound buses
- Charter buses
- Sierra Spirit buses
- Shuttle buses
- And more
If you were injured, don’t hesitate to call our legal team here in Reno to learn more about your right to seek compensation today.
What is My Reno Bus Accident Case Worth?
Our lawyers consider many different factors when determining how much your personal injury case is worth. We examine the same factors that insurance companies and judges find important to settlements and verdicts.
Examples of the types of factors that can influence your case value include:
- The type and severity of your injuries
- Whether you’ll suffer any long-term disability
- How the injury impacts your work and future earnings
- The cost of your current medical care and your need for future treatment
- Lifestyle changes you’ll have to make because of the injury
- The nature of the accident, including the identities of the responsible parties
Putting a dollar value on an injury is always difficult. Your financial losses may be easy to document. You won’t have documents to prove the value of your pain, suffering, and distress. Your Nevada bus accident lawyer can help.
Over the years, our attorneys in Reno have worked with respected experts in cases like yours. The opinions of experts can be extremely valuable in proving your case value. To learn more about how much your case is worth, call our law firm and tell us what happened.
What Types of Damages Are Available To Bus Accident Victims in Nevada?
Under Nevada personal injury laws, you may be entitled to pursue compensation for:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning potential
- Physical therapy
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Diminished quality of life
- Physical disfigurement and scarring
- Anxiety, depression, and PTSD
- Loss of consortium
Every injury is different. The types of damages you sustain won’t be exactly the same as anyone else’s. You can count on our lawyers to give your case the personal attention it deserves–so that you can be confident that you’re walking away with a fair settlement deal.
Can I Recover Damages If I’m Being Blamed for a Bus Accident in Nevada?
Even if you were injured, you can share blame for causing an accident. Under Nevada’s modified comparative negligence laws, you won’t lose your right to compensation unless you were at least 51% responsible for causing the accident. Once your share of fault reaches 51%, you’ll be completely barred from recovering damages, even if someone else was partly to blame.
That means you shouldn’t take it lightly if the insurance company accuses you of causing the accident. Even if you’re only slightly responsible, you’ll receive less compensation if you’re partly at fault.
We’ll Fight To Recover Compensation for All of Your Bus Accident Injuries
Buses are obviously much larger than typical passenger vehicles. Car accidents involving buses have the potential to cause much more serious injuries–especially for occupants of smaller vehicles.
At Battle Born Injury Lawyers, we often represent clients who have suffered:
- Broken bones
- Whiplash injuries
- Soft tissue damage
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head and neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Organ damage
- Amputation injuries
- Catastrophic injuries
- Wrongful death of a loved one
Don’t let the insurance company downplay the extent of your losses after an injury. Our Reno bus accident attorneys can help you stand up and protect your right to fair compensation. We’re always available to talk, so call our law firm to schedule your free initial consultation today.
What Causes Most Bus Accidents in Reno, Nevada?
Bus accidents happen for many different reasons. Bus drivers receive specialized training and must obtain a commercial driver’s license to operate the bus. Still, there’s no guarantee that a bus driver won’t cause an accident.
Our lawyers can help if your injury and accident occurred because of:
- Fatigued bus drivers
- Underqualified bus drivers
- Distracted driving
- Failure to yield the right-of-way
- Lack of seat belts on the bus
- Dangerous left-hand turns
- Aggressive driving
- Unsafe passing
- Illegal lane changes
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Drunk driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs
- Failure to maintain the bus
- Defective safety equipment
- Road hazards
More than one factor may have played a role in causing your auto accident. Our lawyers will investigate to determine the cause of your accident. With that information, we’ll have the tools we need to identify all parties who can be held financially liable for the crash.
How Do I Prove Negligence After a Bus Accident in Nevada?
Negligence is a failure to exercise due care under the circumstances.
The four elements of a negligence case are:
- A legal duty of care existed
- The responsible party breached the duty of care
- The breach caused your accident
- You sustained damages
Bus accident cases are different from the average motor vehicle accident case. Even when a bus driver is entirely to blame for the accident, someone else may be financially responsible. Bus drivers are typically employed by a bus company. The bus company can be held liable when the driver is negligent.
Additional parties may also share blame, including:
- Mechanics and maintenance companies
- Manufacturers of defective bus safety equipment
- Third-party motorists
- Government transit authorities or school districts
- Private bus companies
As the victim, it’s up to you to determine who is responsible for paying your damages. Our lawyers can help by investigating the circumstances of the bus crash.
We’ll locate all available evidence, including:
- Eyewitnesses to the crash
- Footage from video surveillance cameras and dash cams
- Information about the bus driver’s license and qualifications
- Information about the bus company’s hiring and screening practices
- Police reports
- Medical records
We’ll go to work quickly to locate the strong evidence needed to prove your case.
How Long Do I Have To File a Lawsuit After a Bus Accident in Nevada?
The statute of limitations in a typical personal injury case is two years. You have two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. Once two years pass, you can’t sue for damages.
The two-year limitations period only applies in cases involving private parties. If the responsible party was a government agency, you may only have a matter of months to take action.
Contact a Reno Bus Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation
If you were injured, contact an experienced Reno bus accident lawyer today. At Battle Born Injury Lawyers, we have the tools to help you recover the full and fair compensation you deserve.