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Bus Accident Attorney in Zephyrhills

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Buses travel the streets of Zephyrhills daily, carrying passengers to their destinations, promising safety and reliability. Yet, despite the trust in bus drivers and their companies, negligent parties can cause an accident, often with devastating consequences. These accidents can result in severe injuries to drivers and passengers, as well as to other motorists and pedestrians. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) reported that from 2010 to 2019, there were 1,080 school bus-related accidents—underscoring the need for skilled legal representation.

If this has happened to you, trust Kogan & DiSalvo. Our team is here to advocate for your rights and is committed to ensuring that you receive fair and reasonable compensation for your injuries or the wrongful death of a loved one. Call today for a free consultation.

Bus Accidents Overview

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The most common causes of bus accidents consist of the following:

  • Driver Negligence: One of the leading causes of all bus accidents is due to the negligence of the driver. This includes speeding, distracted driving, e.g., texting or talking on the phone, fatigue, driving under the influence, or failing to obey traffic laws.
  • Mechanical Failures: Issues such as brake failure or tire blowouts can quickly escalate into dangerous situations.
  • Road Conditions: Poorly maintained roads, construction zones, potholes, uneven surfaces, or debris on the roadway can contribute to bus accidents.

Finally, bus company negligence can also contribute to accidents, such as inadequate maintenance of vehicles, failure to properly train and supervise drivers, overworking drivers, or neglecting to enforce safety policies and procedures.

Impact of Bus Accidents on Victims

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Due to their substantial size and weight, serious injuries are prevalent in bus accidents. This holds for both passengers within the bus, who are often unrestrained during transit, and for other motorists involved in the collision. The impact on a victim can involve the following:

  • Physical Injuries: Bus accidents can lead to a wide range of bodily injuries, ranging from minor cuts and bruises to severe trauma such as fractures, spinal cord injuries, or traumatic brain injuries. These injuries can have long-term implications for the victim’s health and ability to earn a living.
  • Emotional Trauma: Accidents can cause emotional distress, such as anxiety, depression, or PTSD, affecting victims long after the event.
  • Financial Burden: Medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses can create economic instability.
  • Disruption of Daily Life: Accidents can disrupt victims’ routines, making it difficult to work, attend school, care for their children, or enjoy leisure activities.
  • Loss of Life: In the worst cases, accidents result in fatalities, leaving families grieving and facing profound loss.

Support from an experienced legal team is essential to address these challenges and seek justice for those injured.

Types of Bus Cases We Handle

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Our bus accident attorneys at Kogan & DiSalvo are well-equipped to handle the complexity of bus accidents in Zephyrhills, including the following:

  1. Public Transit Incidents: Accidents involving public transit vehicles, such as city buses, can result in severe injuries to passengers, pedestrians, and other motorists.
  2. School Bus Accidents: School bus accidents can involve children, teachers, and other passengers. Our attorneys are skilled in the nuances of school bus accident cases, including liability issues involving school districts, bus companies, drivers, and other potentially responsible parties.
  3. Commercial Bus Accidents: Accidents involving commercial buses, such as tour buses, shuttle services, or charter buses, can lead to catastrophic injuries and extensive property damage.

Florida law related to the operation of buses is in Chapter 341 of the Florida Statutes, titled “Public Transit.” These laws contain safety standards relevant to bus services and can be used by a bus accident lawyer to establish negligence if they are not followed properly.

Who Is Legally Responsible for Your Injuries in An Accident with a Bus in Zephyrhills?

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In bus accident cases, various parties may be deemed liable for damages, including the bus driver, the bus company, other motorists involved in the accident, and, in some cases, government entities or vehicle manufacturers.

Proving negligence in a bus accident case involves the following:

  • The defendant owed a duty of care to others, such as passengers, pedestrians, or other motorists on the road.
  • They breached that duty by engaging in negligent actions, such as reckless driving, failing to adhere to traffic laws, or neglecting to maintain the bus properly.
  • The breach of duty was a direct cause of the accident and injuries.
  • The plaintiff sustained significant damages and losses due to the breach of duty.

The Importance of Hiring a Bus Accident Lawyer

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A bus accident can turn your world upside down in an instant. Amid the pain, confusion, and mounting expenses, having someone in your corner who understands the legal landscape and has your best interests at heart is essential.

Here is how you will benefit from working with Kogan & DiSalvo:

  • Investigation and Evidence Gathering: Our lawyers will conduct a thorough investigation into the accident, gathering crucial evidence like accident reports, medical records, witness statements, photos, testimony from experts, and surveillance footage to support your claim.
  • Maximizing Your Compensation: When it comes to compensation, insurance companies will try to offer you a settlement that barely covers your expenses. However, we will negotiate for a fair damages award covering medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
  • Litigation Experience: If your case goes to trial, you will need a lawyer with experience in the courtroom. We will represent you in court, present your case to a judge and jury, and fight for your deserved compensation if necessary.

Our clients can count on us to stand by their side every step of the way. We take pride in our results and relentlessly pursue every avenue to ensure the best outcome for you.

Compensable Damages in a Bus Accident Case

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After a bus accident, victims may be eligible for a wide range of damages, including economic and non-economic losses:

  • Medical expenses, current and future
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future earnings
  • Property damage
  • Loss of quality of life
  • Pain and suffering

A bus accident claim seeks to recover compensation to help the plaintiff heal and move forward with their life by thoroughly evaluating the full extent of their losses and advocating for their rights.

Schedule a Free Consultation at Kogan & DiSalvo Today 

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A bus accident is overwhelming, but you do not have to face it alone. With our extensive experience, we know what it takes to fight for the compensation you are owed for your current and future losses. If you or a loved one were injured in a bus accident in Zephyrhills, Pasco County, Florida, contact a skilled Zephyrhills personal injury attorney for a free consultation to learn more about how we can help. Since we work on a contingency basis, there are no upfront legal fees. We look forward to hearing from you.

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