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Denver Bus Accident Attorneys

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Denver Bus Accident Attorneys

The attorneys at the Lamber Goodnow injury law team, working with our partner firms throughout Colorado are committed to their clients, and getting the best-possible results for them. If you’ve been injured in a bus accident — whether you’ve been hit by a bus or were injured as a passenger in a bus — you have rights and deserve representation.

The most important thing to remember is not to agree to anything proposed by an insurance company before you talk to a lawyer. Often, when there’s a tour bus accident, or a school bus accident, insurance companies descend on the injured parties and try to coax them into signing agreements.

Don’t do this.

Those insurance companies are trying to get a fast solution and prevent you from finding out the truth behind the accident, uncovering negligence, establishing liability and fighting for an appropriate claim.

What to Do after a Bus Accident

If you’ve been in an accident with a bus, seek medical attention immediately and cooperate with all police and first responders. You should document your thoughts and recollections — take pictures if you can. Get names of anyone involved, as well as their contact information.

If you were a passenger in a vehicle that was hit by a bus, the same scenario applies.

When your health is stabilized, you — or a family member — should contact an experienced and trustworthy attorney immediately. If you choose the Lamber Goodnow legal team, we’ll immediately launch our own investigation. Our team of bus accident attorneys is experienced in handling these often-confusing scenarios. There could be several people or entities liable, as well as defective products or other factors that caused your injuries. 

Working for Victims

Bus accidents occur in every state and seemingly any scenario. They include:

  • School buses
  • City buses
  • Mass transportation trains/trolleys
  • Tour buses
  • Coach buses
  • Charter buses
  • Other private buses

You Have Bus Accident Questions – Lamber Goodnow Has The Answers:

When we launch an investigation, we’ll look into the history of the bus, its safety equipment, it’s maintenance record, the circumstances of the crash, the history and training of the driver, and the history of the bus’ owner. Depending on your situation, the bus could be privately owned, or owned by a public entity such as your city or county.

We have an established track record in holding bus companies accountable for negligent hiring practices, safety lapses, poor training programs and other examples of commercial negligence. Our team will be sensitive to your needs and health while we aggressively pursue your case.

You Have Bus Accident Questions – We Have Answers:

If I am a passenger on a bus and I am injured, whom can I sue for damages?

The answer depends who is at fault.  If you are a passenger on a bus and are hit by an at-fault automobile driver, you may sue the driver.  You may also sue the bus driver if they are negligent, the bus company (whether privately or publically owned) or the manufacturer of a faulty bus.

Who may I sue for my injuries if I am a passenger in an automobile that is hit by a bus?

You may sue whoever is potentially liable (at fault) for the accident.  This would include the driver of the vehicle in which you were a passenger, any other at-fault automobile driver, the bus operator, the bus company, or the builder of a defective bus.

Does a bus owe its passengers and special duties of care?

Yes, a bus is considered a common carrier and therefore has special duties of care that it owes its passengers.  A common carrier is an entity such as a bus, cab or train, whose business is to transport people or goods from one place to another.

In Colorado, a common carrier has a duty to its passengers to use the highest degree of care in proportion with the practical operation of their business.[1] A common carrier is obligated to provide its passengers with a safe place to exit and board the vehicle.[2] Additionally, a common carrier has a duty to refrain from creating any condition that would subject its passengers to a risk of injury.[3]

If I am a pedestrian that has been hit by a bus while walking or waiting for the bus, whom may I sue?

You may sue whoever is at fault for your injuries.  This may include a public entity that has poorly maintained the crosswalk or sidewalk, the owner of the bus, the driver of the bus, an at-fault automobile driver, or an illegally parked car that may have blocked the bus driver’s view of you.  A thorough investigation may need to be conducted in order to obtain all the possible defendants.

Who would be held liable if I was assaulted while on a bus?

The person that assaulted you will be liable for the attack. However, in some situations, the bus company may be held liable (at fault).  If the bus company did not use reasonable care to assist in insuring a reasonably safe environment they may be held liable.

Working with Us

When you work with the Lamber Goodnow legal team, you’re working with an entire team of experts, not just one lawyer. Our team-based approach means we’re looking at your case from all angles, and are putting experts on your case when we need their opinion or perspective.

When you call us at (303) 800-8888, our conversation is free and you’re under no obligation to hire us. Talk to us, ask questions, learn about your rights and think about what’s best for you, and your family.

If you decide to hire us, you won’t be responsible for paying us bills or monthly charges. We operate under a No-Fee Promise, which is our guarantee that you won’t pay any out-of-pocket costs while we pursue your case. We’ll fund your investigation, and we’ll only get paid if and when we recover money for you through a settlement or a verdict. It’s our commitment to our clients.

If you’ve been in an accident, you should focus on healing and not fighting insurance companies. Put your case in the hands of an expert, and put your energy toward getting better. Contact us today.

[1]  Publix Cab Co. v. Fessler, 138 Colo. 547, 335 P.2d 865, 75 A.L.R.2d 979 (1959).

[2]  Id.

[3]  Id.

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