New Orleans Bus Accident Lawyers
Bus Accidents in Louisiana
Every year, thousands of people are injured or killed in large truck and bus accidents throughout the United States. In Louisiana alone, there were 85 fatal accidents and another 2,415 injury-causing accidents involving large trucks and buses in 2020, according to data compiled by Louisiana State University.
Sadly, bus accident victims who survive these crashes often sustain severe, life-altering injuries. As a result, they face numerous challenges in the aftermath of the accident, from obtaining proper medical care to managing everyday expenses while out of work to learning how to cope with new disabilities. While nothing can negate the pain and suffering caused by these accidents, victims and their loved ones may be entitled to financial compensation to help them cope with the financial and non-financial hardships they now face.
If you or someone you love was injured in a bus accident in or around New Orleans, reach out to The Womac Law Firm today. Since 1983, we have been committed to helping injured individuals get back on their feet. We strive to hold negligent and reckless parties accountable so that you can move forward with your life.
How Do Bus Accidents Happen?
Like any other motor vehicle accident, bus accidents often result from human error and negligence. At The Womac Law Firm, we conduct exhaustive investigations into our clients’ claims to determine what factors led to the accident, as well as who is liable for our clients’ damages.
Some of the most common causes of bus accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Driving while intoxicated
- Reckless or aggressive driving
- Traffic law violations
- Hours of service violations
- Fatigued driving
- Weight distribution problems
- Poor vehicle handling, especially in urban areas
- Road/construction defects
- Vehicle defects
- Third-party negligence
- Inadequate bus maintenance or repairs
Whether a bus driver was speeding to keep up with a tight schedule or a distracted driver collided with a bus, the consequences of these crashes are often devastating. Because bus passengers typically lack basic safety protections, like seatbelts and airbags, they are highly likely to suffer catastrophic injuries in the event of a crash.
Types of Bus Accident Cases We Handle
At The Womac Law Firm, we represent clients who have been injured or who have lost loved ones in all types of bus accidents. Whether you were injured as a bus passenger, the occupant of another vehicle, or even as a pedestrian or bicyclist, our team is ready to fight for you.
Our firm handles bus accident cases involving:
- City buses
- Charter buses
- Coaches/motor coaches
- Shuttle buses
- School buses
- Party buses
No matter the type of accident you were involved in, our experienced legal team is ready to protect your rights and represent your best interests. Our dedicated, responsive, and client-focused approach has helped us recover millions of dollars for our clients—and we are ready to fight for you, too.
If you or someone you love was involved in a bus accident in New Orleans, call (504) 470-3935 today to learn how we can help. You don’t pay unless/until we win!
Damages in Bus Accident Claims
When someone else is negligent or acts wrongfully, they can typically be held responsible for injured victims’ economic and non-economic damages. The term “damages” refers to any losses a victim suffers due to the accident and/or their injuries.
After a bus accident, your damages may include things like:
- Medical bills
- Lost income/wages
- Future medical expenses and lost earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Lost quality of life
We Represent the People, Not the Powerful
At The Womac Law Firm, we dedicated 100% of our practice to plaintiffs’ personal injury. We only represent injured individuals and the families of those wrongfully killed—never large corporations or insurance companies. We never lose sight of the fact that our clients are real people facing real challenges. Our goal is to help you navigate this difficult time in your life and come out the other side.
Who Is Liable for Your Injuries & Losses?
Determining who is liable for your injuries and losses after a bus accident can be very complicated. Because bus drivers are commercial vehicle operators, meaning they are usually on the clock when these accidents occur, their employers are often liable. However, when third-party negligence plays a role in an accident, victims may need to pursue personal injury claims against those third parties rather than or in addition to claims against the bus driver and/or the bus company.
Depending on the circumstances of an accident, any of the following parties could be partially or solely liable for your injuries and damages:
- The bus driver
- The entity that owns or leases the bus
- A government or municipal entity
- The manufacturer of a defect bus/part
- The driver of another vehicle
- The party responsible for bus maintenance or repairs
Our New Orleans bus accident lawyers know how to properly investigate these claims to determine who was at fault for the accident, as well as who is liable for your resulting damages. Armed with this information, we work tirelessly to recover the fair compensation you deserve.
The Womac Law Firm
At The Womac Law Firm, our team is comprised of experienced New Orleans personal injury lawyers who work hard to deliver you real results. We listen to your story, explain your options, and let you know how we can help. Your case matters; let us help you get the justice you deserve.