Jonesboro Bus Accident Lawyers
Buses are commonly seen on Jonesboro roadways. School buses transport thousands of children each morning and afternoon during the school year, and Jonesboro Economical Transit (JET) buses have become a popular transportation choice for many residents. JET buses recorded over 61,000 rides during the first half of 2017 as residents use these buses to get back and forth to the doctor, grocery store, work, and various other places around town.
If you have been injured in a school bus, city bus, or another type of bus crash, the Jonesboro personal injury lawyers of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz may be able to assist you in pursuing a claim for your bodily injuries, time off from work, and other losses. To date, our attorneys have recovered more than $1.5 billion in compensation for accident victims.
Bus Accidents in Jonesboro, AR
Bus collisions, like other collisions, usually occur due to the negligence of either the bus driver or another driver. The driver may be distracted by looking at his phone or the radio, or he may be speeding. He may disregard a stop sign or traffic light and enter an intersection without having the right of way and get struck by another vehicle. Because of the extreme weight and size of most buses, they tend to result in more serious impacts than other collisions. Injuries will vary, depending on the speed of the vehicles, the force of the impact, and safety mechanisms in force. Typically, buses do not have seatbelts to protect their passengers during a collision.
As with any other auto accident, a bus accident lawyer in Jonesboro can help you assert a claim against the negligent driver in a bus accident and seek monetary damages for your bodily injuries and other losses. In Arkansas, parents may pursue these losses on behalf of their children in a school bus crash. First, though, you must prove negligence by showing that the at-fault driver owed you a duty of care that he breached and which caused you to suffer injuries and damages. If the at-fault party is cited for a traffic violation which caused the crash, such as failure to maintain control or failure to exercise due care, then you may be able to pursue your bodily injury claim under a theory of negligence per se where negligence is presumed by the mere violation of the traffic law. If the bus driver caused the accident, then you may also be able to pursue a claim against his employer under a theory of vicarious liability. Generally, a bus company will be responsible for auto accidents caused by the negligence of its drivers.
In most bus accident cases, you are entitled to damages for both your economic and non-economic losses, including medical expenses, lost income, lost earning capacity, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life. These damages are referred to as compensatory damages because they are intended to make you whole for your injuries by compensating you or paying you money. In extraordinary cases, punitive damages may be sought against either the bus driver, the bus company, or the driver of the other vehicle. What happens if the bus driver had been drinking alcohol and had a history of drinking on the job? In that scenario, a judge or jury may award punitive damages to deter others from endangering minors and others on the road. Punitive damages are intended to punish the at-fault party by making that party literally pay for the wrongdoing.
Whether you are seeking compensatory or punitive damages or both, under Arkansas law you must either settle your bodily injury claim or file a lawsuit within three years of the date of the accident. Many bus accident lawsuits are filed in the Circuit Court of Craighead County, Arkansas, which is located at 511 South Main Street, Jonesboro, Arkansas 72401. Bus accident cases can be technical and complex due to the number of potential claimants and the involvement of commercial entities and insurance carriers, making it important to consult with a bus accident attorney in Jonesboro who is experienced in this type of litigation to ensure your legal rights are protected.
Consult with a Jonesboro Bus Accident Attorney Today
When a bus strikes another vehicle, usually the passengers on the bus or the occupants of the smaller vehicle suffer some sort of injury. If you have been unfortunate enough to be riding on a bus when it crashed, call Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz today to discuss your claim and the types of damages to which you may be entitled under Arkansas law.
We can help you pursue compensatory damages for your losses, and we understand when it may be appropriate to seek punitive damages. Call us toll-free at 800-529-4004 or complete our online form to set up a free consultation with one of our auto accident attorneys. If you need a law firm in Jonesboro to fight for you, NST is the way to go.