The law firm of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. routinely represents passengers that were injured in a bus accident while riding on a SMART bus. Our lawyers are able to call upon years of experience in winning bus accident cases for their clients when filing these types of lawsuits. Most often, the accidents these lawsuits are based on resulted in rider injury due to negligent driving. In the event that an individual was struck by a SMART bus and suffered injuries, our lawyers will be able to file a lawsuit on their behalf as well.
Michigan SMART Bus Accident Information
The Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) originated as the Southeastern Michigan Transport Authority (SEMTA) in 1967 and operated under the name until 1989. Over 44,000 individuals utilize the SMART bus system every day across 48 routes based in suburban Metro Detroit. Although the public transit service has a reputation of offering a safe and reliable method of transportation, there is still a risk of accident while riding a SMART bus.
While they may be rare, accidents and injuries involving SMART buses are known to occur. One of these accidents, which occurred in 2014, involved a SMART bus striking and killing a pedestrian. The bus driver reportedly drove through a flashing yellow light and struck the female pedestrian who was in a marked crosswalk at the time. Later tried in an Oakland County Circuit court, the family of the deceased was awarded $5 million in compensation.
Filing A Michigan SMART Bus Accident Lawsuit
If an accident due to negligent driving or inadequate bus maintenance occurs, SMART will be held responsible for any injuries suffered by those involved in the accident. This means that any injuries from an accident of this nature can result in an individual suing SMART for financial compensation.
Typically, the type of accident detailed would result in a company being held responsible for negligence. However, with SMART being classified as a common carrier, there is an additional law that imposes carrier specific liabilities if passengers had to pay a fee for transportation.
Depending on the nature and severity of the injuries suffered in an accident, an individual may file a lawsuit against SMART. This type of lawsuit is most often filed in the county the accident occurred in and seeks compensation for all accident-relate injuries.
SMART Bus Common Injuries
Because of the large size and weight of a SMART bus, accidents involving a SMART bus can lead to catastrophic injuries. Some of the most common injuries include the following:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Broken bones and fractures
- Back and neck injuries
- Shoulder & knee injuries
- Scarring and disfigurement
What should I do after a SMART Bus Accident?
Those injured in a SMART bus crash should contact one of our experienced Michigan bus accident lawyers to discuss the legal rights afforded to them in this unfortunate situation. Victims should contact an attorney as soon as possible to ensure that your full range of rights are retained. Bus companies, like SMART, will often attempt to contact victims and have them sign documents that will prevent them from filing lawsuits due to bus accident injuries.
In addition to bus company representatives attempting to have a victim void their right to sue, a bus company insurance adjuster may also try to acquire a recorded statement from victims. No individual should sign any document, speak to an insurance adjuster, or speak to an investigator until one of our attorneys have been contacted. In having skilled representation working on your behalf before any contact is pursued with the bus company, you will be able to retain all of your legal rights.
Do I get Michigan No-Fault Benefits if I was an injured SMART Bus Passenger?
Individuals involved in an accident with a SMART bus is entitled to Michigan No-Fault insurance benefits. These benefits guarantee that a victim will be able to recover insurance compensation for medical costs, regardless of who was at fault in the accident. All those involved are entitled to these benefits, even those who may not own a car or have auto insurance prior to the accident.
To acquire these insurance benefits, you must file a written application provided by an insurance agent or the adjuster assigned to your claim. If an individual is confused with the filing process an attorney from Buckfire & Buckfire P.C. will be able to assist them in filing their claim.
What is the Amount of a SMART Bus Accident Settlement?
The amount of your settlement depends on a number of factors. These include:
- How the accident happened
- The types of injuries you suffered in the accident
- The medical treatment provided for your injuries
- If you have any visible scars or disfigurements from the accident
- The type of disability that you suffered from the accident
- Whether your injuries are permanent in nature
- How the accident has impacted your ability to lead your normal life
- If you suffered any lost wages or have a future loss of income
In the event that a SMART bus accident led to the death of a victim, the surviving estate members of that individual may file a wrongful death lawsuit against SMART. Wrongful death lawsuits attempt to receive compensation for the pain and suffering of the victim prior to death, the loss of companionship, loss of income and support, and any expenses related to the death.
Our lawyers will acquire the accident report and all relevant medical records to evaluate the case and establish a potential settlement range. Those filing the lawsuit will then be consulted and briefed on the proceeding legal steps.
No Lawyer Fee Unless You Win Your Bus Accident Case
We will discuss your case with you and represent you under our No Fee Promise. This means there are no legal fees whatsoever until we win or settle your case. Our attorneys have significant experience in these types of cases and a track record of obtaining sizeable settlements for our injured clients. Call today for your free, no obligation consultation.
Contact Our Michigan SMART Bus Accident Lawyers
If you or your someone you know was injured in a SMART bus accident, call our top rated bus accident lawyers now at (800) 606-1717. We will listen to your case and start working on it immediately.