Long Beach Bus Accident Attorneys

Bus accidents might be less common than typical car accidents, but when they do happen, serious injuries are likely to result. Passengers might be thrown about the vehicle, and other people involved in the collision may suffer severe impact injuries. Our bus accident lawyers in Long Beach have seen just how devastating these wrecks can be, and we are proud to help victims and their families pursue the compensation they deserve.

Winning a fair settlement or verdict may involve a contentious legal battle. You can expect the defendant and their insurance carrier to resist your claim at every turn. Our attorneys will serve as your aggressive legal advocate through every step of the proceedings, and we won’t settle for anything less than you deserve. To arrange a free consultation with a member of our team, call 1-800-GO-HARRIS today.

We Can Help You Avoid and Overcome Costly Disputes

There are dozens of strategies the insurance company might use to dispute your claim. If your medical bills and other damages are significant, the adjuster will likely devote a considerable amount of time and resources to investigating the accident and your injuries. You can expect the insurer to take advantage of any opportunity to deny your claim or reduce its value.

One of the primary reasons to hire a skilled bus accident attorney in Long Beach is to stay one step ahead of the insurance company. Your lawyer can assess the evidence you’ve gathered, review the facts of your case, and perform an investigation to determine how the insurance company might challenge your claim. Also, just hiring an attorney will send a message to the insurance adjuster that you won’t fall for the tactics that often work against claimants who represent themselves.

Let’s examine a few of the common defenses used in bus accident personal injury and wrongful death cases, as well as the strategies your attorney might employ to avoid or overcome such defenses:

  • Another Party Was Liable for the Crash: There are many parties who may be liable for a bus accident, and it is not unheard-of for multiple parties to share fault. When several defendants share fault for a single tort, each is assigned a percentage of fault. The plaintiff, too, may be assigned a percentage of fault if his or her own negligence was a contributing factor. To reduce their liability, the insurance company might contend that another party was liable for the crash or that the percentage of fault they have been assigned is unreasonably high given the facts of the case. To overcome such a dispute, your Long Beach bus accident lawyer will try to gather all available evidence of liability, which may include surveillance recordings, dash cam footage, eyewitness and accident reconstruction expert deposition, pictures of the scene, and the police report. Your attorney can also apply the relevant statutes and case law to prove how much fault should be assigned to each defendant.
  • The Damages Were Caused by Something Else: Did you have a pre-existing injury that was aggravated in the crash? Did your vehicle already have property damage? If so, the opposing party might say that you are claiming damages that you would have incurred regardless of the accident. If a dispute arises over a pre-existing injury, your attorney might try to overcome it by using your medical records from before and after the crash, deposition from your treating physician, deposition from retained medical experts, and photos of visible injuries. If there is a dispute regarding property damage, your lawyer might use photos of the damage and perhaps deposition from a mechanic to strengthen your case.
  • The Plaintiff Has Failed to Mitigate the Damages: Another common defense used in personal injury cases is that the plaintiff has failed to mitigate his or her damages. This defense may be used if you miss doctor’s appointments, disobey your doctor’s orders, or overspend for necessary services like domestic help or alternative transportation. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and the best way to overcome these disputes is often to prevent them from arising in the first place. Be sure to follow all of your doctor’s orders, disable your social media accounts, and don’t do anything that might cause your condition to worsen. Also, don’t make unreasonable and unnecessary purchases under the assumption that they will be included in the settlement calculations.
  • The Damages Are Not as Extensive as the Plaintiff Is Claiming: You will have to prove the value of your damages in order to obtain fair compensation for them. Evidence of damages may include deposition from an economist, vocational expert, and various medical experts; financial documents; medical records; pictures of injuries; your personal injury journal; and deposition from percipient witnesses.

Dial 1-800-GO-HARRIS to Speak with a Bus Accident Lawyer in Long Beach

You can reach us 24/7 by calling 1-800-GO-HARRIS or by messaging us online. The consultation is free of charge, and you won’t have to pay anything upfront to retain our legal services.

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