Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority – or PSTA – provides public transportation and bus service throughout the greater St. Petersburg area. By-and-large, public transportation is very popular in and around the St. Petersburg. This is due primarily to the low cost and convenience associated with this method of transportation. Sometimes, however, when bus drivers are in a hurry and drive carelessly, serious and potentially catastrophic motor vehicle accidents, personal injuries, and damages can result.
If you have sustained injuries and damages as a result of involvement in a PSTA bus accident, you need an experienced personal injury bus accident lawyer by your side every step of the way. The skilled lawyers at Dolman Law Group can advocate for you and pursue your legal right to monetary recovery under the law.
In a bus accident case, an injured accident victim may be able to file a claim or lawsuit for negligence based upon the accident victim’s injuries and damages. As a general rule of thumb, most personal injury lawyers will sue anyone who could potentially be on the line for causing the accident which led to the accident victim’s injuries and damages. This is done in order to protect the statute of limitations deadline in the case and to ensure that no potentially responsible party is left out of the claim or lawsuit. The most likely defendants in bus accident cases include the bus driver, bus companies, PSTA, and any other motor vehicle driver on the roadway who may have caused or contributed to the accident.
Filing a claim or lawsuit against the negligent bus driver – In many cases, a bus accident occurs when the bus driver operates his or her bus in a negligent, reckless, careless, or distracted manner, thereby colliding with another motor vehicle. If the bus driver violates a rule of the road or otherwise fails to drive in a reasonable manner, the injured accident victim may be able to file a claim or lawsuit against the negligent bus driver directly.
Claims and lawsuits filed against PSTA – In addition to suing the negligent bus driver, the injured bus accident victim may also be able to sue PSTA under an agency theory of liability. Under agency law, the bus driver’s negligence may be directly imputed to the bus company or to PSTA. In order for PSTA to potentially be on the line for the accident victim’s injuries and damages, the bus driver must have been on the job at the time of the accident and must have been acting in the scope of his or her employment.
Claims and lawsuits filed against other motor vehicle drivers – In cases where a bus driver drives reasonably under the circumstances, but another vehicle negligently collides with the bus, the injured accident victim may be able to sue the driver and the owner of that other vehicle in order to seek monetary compensation for personal injuries and damages.
The experienced personal injury bus accident lawyers at Dolman Law Group can examine all of the facts and circumstances of your bus accident case, as well as the injuries you sustained in your accident and can ensure that all of the proper parties are brought into the case.
What do I Need to Prove in Order to Prevail in a Bus Accident Case?
In order to prevail in a bus accident case, the injured accident victim must be able to prove both liability (fault) for the accident and damages. In order for the injured accident victim to successfully prove the liability side of the case, he or she must effectively demonstrate that the at-fault driver breached a duty of care (i.e. by failing to drive reasonably, prudently, and carefully under the circumstances) and must show that this breach directly resulted in the accident victim’s injuries and damages.
In order to prove damages in a bus accident case, the injured accident victim will need to introduce evidence of medical bills and lost wages. If the injured accident victim is claiming that he or she sustained permanent impairment as a result of the accident, including pain and suffering, the accident victim may need to introduce the expert medical testimony of a doctor or other health care provider who can causally relate the bus accident to the injuries and damages sustained. Similarly, if the injured bus accident victim is claiming psychological or psychiatric harm as a result of the injuries sustained in the accident, then he or she will need to treat with a psychologist or psychiatrist who can prepare a report or testify at a personal injury trial or deposition.
In a nutshell, a bus accident victim may be able to recover monetary compensation for some or all of the following
- Related medical bills and treatment
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent damages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Emotional distress
- Mental anguish
- Causally related psychological or psychiatric harm
- Loss of spousal support
Contact a Clearwater Bus Accident Lawyer Today for a Free Initial Case Evaluation and Legal Consultation
Bus accident cases can be complicated because one or more individuals or entities can be deemed responsible for the accident. The knowledgeable bus accident lawyers at Dolman Law Group can discuss the facts and circumstances of your case with you and can ensure that all of the necessary parties are brought into your personal injury case. Our team of litigation attorneys will then work to negotiate a favorable settlement of your case. If the insurance company refuses to place a reasonable offer on the table to settle your case, our attorneys welcome the opportunity to file a lawsuit in your case and litigate it through the Florida court system. Our attorneys are not afraid to take your case to trial or explore alternative dispute resolution options, such as mediation or arbitration. To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with a Clearwater bus accident lawyer, please call us or contact us online today.