Have you or a loved one suffered injuries from a bus accident? These large vehicle accidents can result in significant damage to a pedestrian, cyclist, or motor vehicle occupants. Victims can suffer severe, life-altering injuries that require lengthy recovery times and even cause death. If you experienced significant trauma from a bus accident, you may be eligible for financial compensation.
At Odegaard Kovacich Snipes, we focus on litigating the most complex personal injury claims, including bus accident cases. We represent clients in all types of personal injury claims, from car accidents to workplace injuries to medical malpractice and more. Clients choose the Montana bus accident lawyers at Odegaard Kovacich Snipes based on our network of resources and years of litigation experience.
Bus accidents can involve public transportation, charter vehicles, and even school buses. Just like regular passenger vehicle accidents, many different factors can lead to bus collisions:
Bus accident injuries range from mild to severe depending on how you were involved in the accident. Pedestrian-bus collisions are often fatal, while passenger vehicles could escape with minor injuries. Common bus accident injuries include:
Filing a personal injury lawsuit or insurance claim for a bus accident can become very intricate. You may have to involve multiple parties in your suit, depending on the circumstances of the accident and the type of bus involved. You may have to include the bus company, government agencies, manufacturers of certain parts, the bus driver, a school district, and the different insurance companies for all parties in your lawsuit.
In addition to identifying the defendants, you will need to determine the cause of the accident and prove that negligence occurred to receive a settlement. Speak with a Montana bus accident attorney to determine what your legal options are and if you should consider filing a claim.
To file a personal injury lawsuit in Montana, you will need to file a claim with the civil court within three years of the date of the accident. If you do not file within this time period, the courts will not hear the case. The jury will listen to arguments from all involved parties and determine the number of compensatory damages to award you.
You can claim the following damages for Montana bus accident cases:
The jury will also determine the liability of each party involved in the case to calculate the final settlement amount. Montana uses a modified comparative fault rule, which can significantly reduce your settlement. If the jury finds you to be between 1% and 49% responsible for the accident, your settlement amount will decrease by that percentage.
For example, if your settlement is $100,000 and the courts determine that you are 20% responsible for the accident, the settlement will be reduced to $80,000.
Are you looking for a Montana bus accident attorney to pursue a personal injury lawsuit? Contact Odegaard Kovacich Snipes today to schedule a free consultation at one of our Montana offices.
It is critical that you work with an attorney who has the experience, knowledge, and skill to handle cases involving both commercial and personal vehicle accidents. And, it is critical you hire an attorney who knows, thoroughly, the injury laws in Montana.
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