Denver Bus Accident Attorney

busaccident2-300x200In the state of Colorado, buses are legally referred to as “common carriers,” which are defined as any individual, company or public utility that transport people or freight. Being designated as a common carrier means that drivers of the buses have a greater responsibility to protect the passengers and people on the road. However, some bus drivers do not take this responsibility seriously and instead drive recklessly or without proper training. The result of this reckless behavior can be catastrophic. If you are injured while riding in a RTD (Regional Transportation District) bus, contact the team of attorneys at Norton and Bowers, P.C. immediately to help you recover damages.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO AFTER AN INJURY

If you are injured riding an RTD (Regional Transportation District) bus – or any other public transportation in the state of Colorado – you have to act immediately. The Colorado Governmental Immunity Act imposes a 180-day “notice of claim” requirement on anyone claiming to have suffered an injury because of the act or omission of a public entity or public employee. The claim is “forever barred” if the notice of claim is not filed within 180 days after the injury or its discovery. One potential client thought that setting up a claim with an adjuster was enough. However, after the 180 day deadline, the claim was denied.

The “notice” requirement is very specific. The correct governing body or attorney must be served with the notice and the notice must contain certain information including:

  • The contact information, including name and address of both the person filing the claim and the attorney, if applicable.
  • A brief description of the incident that resulted in an injury. This statement should include the date, time, location and circumstance under which the injury occurred.
  • If the person filing the claim knows the name and address of the public employee involved, this should be included in the notice.
  • A statement that details the extent of the injury.
  • A statement that details the amount of damages that the victim seeks to compensate for the injury.

However, before you file this notice, your first priority should be seeking immediate medical attention after a bus accident. Be sure to keep any medical documentation related to your injury, including x-rays, MRIs, cat scans and hospital bills that can be used to help your attorneys recover damages.

Don’t accept a settlement or even talk to a government agency or insurance company before consulting a lawyer. Instead, as soon as you’ve received medical attention, contact an experienced Denver bus accident attorney at the law firm of Norton and Bowers, P.C. We fight for the rights of injury victims in Denver and across Colorado, and if you’re injured while riding the bus, we can fight for you.

HOW CAN BUS ACCIDENT INJURIES OCCUR?

Bus accidents are much more common than you may think, and can be more dangerous than an auto accident because of the size of the bus. A number of different situations can result in serious injuries to bus passengers, including but not to limited to:

  • Driver was driving recklessly or at high speeds
  • Driver was fatigued or driving distracted
  • Improper loading and unloading procedures were not used when passengers were entering and exiting the bus
  • The bus collides with another vehicle on the road
  • There was a defective part of the bus that caused the crash
  • The bus tips over due to overcrowding or reckless driving

If you or a loved one have been injured in a bus accident, don’t hesitate to call the team of experienced Denver bus accident attorneys at the law firm of Norton and Bowers, P.C. It’s essential that you contact an attorney and seek legal representation as soon as possible. Bus accident lawyers will immediately begin defending your rights and filing your claim to recover compensation. Speak to a personal injury lawyer to determine whether you are entitled to compensation for your medical expenses and pain and suffering.

DON’T WAIT – CALL US AT ONCE

When a public bus, such as RTD or a school bus, is involved in an accident, things can quickly get complicated because so many are involved – injury victims, the bus driver, other drivers, and the agency responsible for the bus. Determining liability is difficult because so many are involved and no two accident cases are the same. That’s why it’s important to rely on experienced attorneys to handle the details of your case. Our team of Denver bus accident attorneys have the available resources to thoroughly examine the case to determine if the driver or agency responsible for the bus are liable due to negligence. Signs of negligence may include:

  • The driver was distracted while using a cell phone, other technological device or adjusting the radio.
  • The bus did not receive proper maintenance and got into an accident as a result of a part that was not repaired or properly maintained.
  • The agency responsible for the bus violated laws by overscheduling the driver and the accident was a result of fatigue.
  • The driver was not legally licensed or properly trained to work as a bus driver.
  • The driver was operating the bus under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
  • The bus was over its maximum capacity or passengers were not seated appropriately and therefore the bus could not operate properly.
  • The driver was not following traffic law, including driving over the speed limit or not obeying traffic signs on the street.

An experienced Denver personal injury attorney at the law firm of Norton and Bowers, P.C. can determine who bears responsibility in these accidents and fight aggressively for the rights of injury victims, but again, you must act immediately. Bus accident injuries can be severe, and could affect you and your family for years to come, which is why it’s important for you to find a bus accident lawyer who can help you seek justice. If you intend to pursue a personal injury claim against the Regional Transportation District, you have only 180 days to act. Don’t wait that long – call Norton and Bowers, P.C. immediately. We have handled many cases and claims against RTD and other public busses.

PUT US TO WORK FOR YOU TODAY

Besides bus accidents, our attorneys have years of experience handling cases involving uninsured or drunk drivers, pedestrian, bicycle, auto, and motorcycle accidents, and premises liability issues. Norton and Bowers, P.C. serves clients on a contingency fee basis. There is no fee until we recover for you. If you’ve been injured because of someone else’s negligence in Colorado, please call us promptly at 303-400-8100 or fill out the form on this website to arrange a free consultation. You’ll be able to speak directly to a Denver bus accident attorney about your case. Offsite, weekend, and evening appointments are also available for your free case evaluation. If you’re injured in Colorado because of another person’s negligence, let Norton and Bowers, P.C. go to work for you as soon as possible.

 

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