Were you or a loved one recently involved in a bus accident in Miami, FL? You may be entitled to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. A Miami bus accident lawyer at Shaked Law Firm can help you fight to maximize your financial recovery.
Our firm has been dedicated to helping accident victims across South Florida since opening our doors in 2007. Our aggressive approach has helped us recover tens of millions of dollars in compensation for our clients.
How Shaked Law Firm Can Help After a Bus Accident in Miami
Even a “minor” bus crash can have severe consequences — for bus passengers and occupants of passenger vehicles. When you’re struggling with painful injuries, you don’t need the added stress of a complex lawsuit.
At Shaked Law Firm, we have a long history of standing up for injured clients in South Florida. We have over 100 years of combined experience with commercial vehicle accident claims. Let our Miami injury lawyers take the lead and help you maximize your compensation award.
When you trust us to fight for you, we will:
- Handle the administrative aspects of your case
- Identify all responsible parties
- Gather all relevant evidence
- Assess the accurate value of your injury claim
- Negotiate with the insurance companies
Hiring an experienced lawyer puts you in the best position to maximize your settlement or verdict. Our legal team includes Florida board-certified trial lawyers who have been recognized by Super Lawyers and The National Trial Lawyers.
You don’t have to rely on generic lawyer advertising when choosing your lawyer. Call our Miami personal injury attorneys to learn more about our skills and experience today.
How Common Are Bus Accidents in Miami?
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, at least 38,257 people were involved in bus accidents statewide in 2019. Approximately 447 people were injured–many of them bus passengers.
However, these figures only account for bus passengers and bus drivers. They don’t even begin to factor in occupants of smaller passenger vehicles who may have sustained the most serious bus accident injuries.
Many of Florida’s bus accidents happened in Miami. Miami Dade Transit (MDT) operates 121 bus routes and maintains about 7,390 bus stops in the Miami area. School busses and private charter busses only add to the bus traffic on the road.
At Shaked Law Firm, we handle all types of bus accident claims in Miami, including those involving:
- School buses
- MDT buses
- Private tour buses
- Charter buses
- Greyhound buses
- Shuttle buses
Were you or a family member injured in a Miami bus accident? Call our lawyers in Miami to schedule a free case evaluation and learn more about your legal options.
What is My Miami Bus Accident Case Worth?
Judges, juries, and insurance companies consider a number of factors when calculating the value of a personal injury claim.
Some of those factors include:
- The cost of your past and future medical treatment
- How much time you’ll miss from work
- Whether you’ll be able to return to work
- How the injury will impact your quality of life
- The cost of repairing your vehicle and other property damage
- Your emotional suffering
It’s important to assess the value of your injury claim before you make an insurance demand. If you have a settlement offer on the table, you deserve to know whether it’s fair. Our lawyers can help.
Over the years, we’ve worked with leading specialists who can help us understand the more complex aspects of your injury. With their help, we’ll be well-equipped to calculate the fair value of your personal injury case.
What Types of Damages Are Available to Bus Accident Victims?
When we fight to recover compensation for bus accident victims, we consider both economic and non-economic losses. Personal injury laws in Florida allow victims to recover fair compensation for all of their financial losses, including:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning potential
- Property damage
You may also be entitled to compensation for your personal losses, including things like:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Diminished quality of life
- Physical disfigurement and scarring
- Anxiety, depression, and PTSD
Did you lose a loved one in a fatal bus accident? You may be entitled to damages for wrongful death. We can help you fight to recover compensation for funeral costs, lost inheritance, loss of consortium, and more.
Can I Recover Damages If I’m Being Blamed for a Bus Accident in Florida?
You might share blame for an accident even if you were hurt. Under Florida law, shared fault doesn’t bar you from recovering damages. Instead, your settlement or verdict can be reduced to reflect your percentage of fault.
We’ll Fight to Recover Compensation for All of Your Bus Accident Injuries
Most buses are much larger than other passenger vehicles. That means injuries sustained in bus collisions also tend to be much more severe than your typical motor vehicle accident.
If you were involved in a bus wreck, you may have suffered multiple injuries in the crash. Our Miami bus accident attorneys handle all types of bus accident injury claims, including those involving:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Head injuries and concussions
- Crushing injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Back injuries
- Organ damage
- Traumatic amputations
- Catastrophic injuries
- Wrongful death of a loved one
Many of these injuries will require months worth of medical treatment and rehabilitation. Some victims never fully recover.
You shouldn’t have to shoulder the costs of your injury alone. Shaked Law Firm is ready to fight on your behalf. All you have to do is pick up the phone and call to schedule your free case review today.
What Causes Most Bus Accidents in Miami, Florida?
Bus accidents happen for a number of reasons. The Miami streets are often congested–and aggressive drivers may create dangerous situations that put everyone at risk.
However, in many cases, bus accidents occur because of driver error. In other words, they happen because someone was negligent. Some of the most common factors that contribute to bus accidents in Miami include:
- Distracted driving
- Fatigued driving
- Inexperienced drivers
- Failure to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians, bicyclists and other motorists
- Illegal or unsafe turns
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Poor vehicle maintenance
- Drunk driving
- Aggressive driving
- Unsafe passing
- Illegal lane changes
- Poor road maintenance
- Defects in the vehicle or safety features
- Negligent hiring practices (hiring unqualified bus drivers)
Bus companies are required to make sure the buses they operate are reasonably safe. Poor vehicle maintenance or failure to regularly inspect the vehicle for defects can create serious problems.
Regardless of how your bus accident happened, you can count on the lawyers at Shaked Law Firm to help you seek fair compensation. If you or a loved one were injured in a bus crash in Miami Dade County, don’t hesitate to reach out for the legal advice you deserve today.
How Do I Prove Negligence After a Bus Accident in Florida?
When someone is injured in a bus accident, proving liability can be more complex than your typical car accident case. Before you can recover compensation, you’ll have to identify the responsible parties. That’s true whether your bus accident involved a private charter bus or public school bus.
Examples of potentially responsible parties include:
- The bus driver
- A private bus company
- Miami Dade Transit (MDT) or another government agency
- Bus mechanics
- The manufacturer of a defective vehicle component
- Another at-fault driver
- Bicyclists or pedestrians
Buses are considered common carriers in the state of Florida. That means bus drivers and bus companies are held to a higher standard than other drivers on the road. In other words, they have a duty to exercise more caution when operating the vehicle.
Still, you’ll typically have to show proof of negligence to recover damages. That means establishing that:
- The at-fault party owed you a legal duty of care
- A breach of duty caused your accident
- You suffered damages
It’s also possible that your claim may be based on strict liability. Regardless of the facts, our lawyers will help locate the evidence to back up your claim. Call our law firm today to learn more.
How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After a Bus Accident in Florida?
The personal injury statute of limitations in Florida is four years. Most accident victims have four years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit.
However, you could have much less time to take legal action if a government transit authority was responsible.
Contact Miami Bus Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation
You can trust that Shaked Law Firm has the resources to handle even the most complex injury claim. And we’re not afraid to hold government agencies responsible for their negligence. If you were hurt in a bus accident, call an experienced Miami bus accident lawyer for a free consultation today.