Bus Accident Injury Attorneys in Memphis
Legal representation for victims of bus accident in West Tennessee
When you board a bus, whether it is a city bus, a private bus, or a commercial tour bus, you have certain expectations. You expect that the driver is a well- trained professional who has had sufficient sleep, is not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, who knows where they are going, and how to operate the bus safely.
Sometimes, despite those basic expectations, bus crashes occur. Whether the crash is the fault of the driver or another motorist, passengers may be able to take legal action to recover compensation for their injuries. At Bailey & Greer, PLLC, we help those who are injured get back on their feet, back to work, and back to living their lives. We serve the community in Memphis and throughout West Tennessee, focusing on recovering compensation for you, so you can focus on healing.
How can we help?
- What makes a bus a common carrier?
- What responsibilities do buses have to their passengers?
- What bus companies are located in Memphis?
- How much is my Memphis bus accident injury claim worth?
- How can a Memphis bus accident attorney help?
- Is there a bus accident attorney near me?
What makes a bus a common carrier?
The Legal Information Institute defines a common carrier as, “ a person or a commercial enterprise that transports passengers or goods for a fee and establishes that their service is open to the general public.”
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has regulations regarding financial responsibility requirements for common carriers to protect the public in the event of a crash.
Common carriers are held to a high standard of care for the people and property under their charge. These vehicles include buses, taxis, trains, and commercial trucks. As common carriers, bus companies are required to maintain the safety of their vehicles and to make sure that their drivers are properly trained, pass a background check, drive safely, and submit to drug and alcohol screening before they are hired and after they begin working.
What responsibilities do buses have to their passengers?
Common carriers are not just required to make sure that the vehicle is in safe working order, but the driver must make a reasonable effort to protect passengers in the event of an emergency. Considering how many citizens rely on public transport all over the world, let alone just here in Tennessee, it makes sense that they have such rigorous criteria to meet and maintain.
Here is why this matters: if they neglect their legal obligations and duties of care and it results in people getting hurt, the law is automatically on the victim’s side — as long as they can prove negligence happened. The standards do not only impose responsibility, but legal liability as well.
What bus companies are located in Memphis?
The following are a few bus companies available for hire in the Memphis and Jackson areas:
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The personal injury attorneys at Bailey & Greer are available to discuss your options if you were injured in a bus accident.
How much is my Memphis bus accident injury claim worth?
Damages are the compensation you are eligible to recover from the party who was responsible for your bus accident injuries and losses. These damages can cover the following:
- Medical expenses related to your injuries
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Other damages
Busses are large, intimidating vehicles that rival eighteen-wheelers, which means accidents involving them are very likely to come with devastating consequences. Injuries like traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken and crushed bones, burns, disfigurations and scarring, and even a loss of limb are common results.
Not only are any of them painful and debilitating on their own, but they may each require years and years of expensive treatments, therapies, surgeries, and more. In some especially severe cases, you may be stuck with lifelong pain and complications. If you end up injured enough to require a caretaker for the rest of your life, that is just another expense to add on.
All of that adds up very quickly, and can put the average person in serious debt for the rest of their lives. No one should have to pay so greatly for the carelessness of someone else, and that is why going after the offending party is so important. You deserve compensation, and you do have a path to get it. All you have to do is start.
How can a Memphis bus accident attorney help?
If you sustain an injury in a bus accident, you may be able to take legal action to recover compensation for your injuries and other losses. Determining who is at fault in causing the crash can be complicated in some instances, however. In cases where you were a passenger on the bus when the accident occurred, the driver and the company that owns the bus may be responsible for your injuries.
In other cases, a negligent motorist might have caused the accident. You may also sustain an injury in a crash if you were outside of the bus, either in another vehicle or walking down the street. Because you are dealing with multiple commercial operations, determining liability in a bus crash can be complex. Therefore, working with a skilled bus accident attorney from Bailey & Greer helps to protect your right to recover fair compensation for your injuries.
Is there a bus accident attorney near me?
You can find the offices of Bailey & Greer at 6256 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN. We’re close to Route 240 and have off-street parking. We also have offices in Jackson and represent folks throughout West Tennessee. If your injuries are too serious for you to travel, we can visit you in the hospital or meet via video chat.
Help for those who injured in a Memphis bus accident
An experienced Memphis bus accident attorney can represent your interests, whether you settle with the insurance companies involved or take your case to court. At Bailey & Greer, PLLC, you never need to worry about how you will pay for our services, because you do not pay until we secure compensation for you. To speak with a dedicated attorney about your case, please call 901-475-7434 or fill out our contact form. We maintain offices in both Memphis and Jackson for your convenience.