Over the past five decades, Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. has gained a reputation for offering client-focused representation for those who have been injured in various types of bus accidents. Our lawyers have years of experience in handling cases involving TheRide and are among the most equipped to file lawsuits on behalf of those who have suffered from negligent bus driving. Additionally, our experienced attorneys have also worked extensively with those who have been injured in vehicles that were struck by a bus being driven negligently.
TheRide Michigan Bus Accident Information
The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (TheRide) operates in the greater Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area of Michigan. In servicing nearly 25,000 riders each day, TheRide is the most commonly used public transportation method in the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area. Since starting operations in 1976, TheRide has become known for it's low-floor buses and exceptional rider safety record.
Although the risk may be low, there are still occasions in which an accident involving TheRide may happen. In the event that one of these accidents occurs, it is important that all victims effected by the event are aware of their legal rights.
Filing Michigan Bus Accident Lawsuit Involving TheRide
If an accident involving TheRide was caused by driver negligence or faulty bus maintenance, TheRide will be held responsible for all injuries suffered. In responsibility falling on them, any victims injured in an accident may pursue legal action against TheRide in an attempt to acquire financial compensation.
The most common form of legal action pursued against a responsible bus company is the filing of a lawsuit. A lawsuit against TheRide will be filed by an attorney on the victims behalf and done so in the county in which the accident occurred. All damage acquired will be intended to be used for accident-related injury compensation.
While typical motor vehicle accidents will result in a lawsuit citing negligence being filed, TheRide's status as a common carrier adds additional liability to standard negligence. If a passenger van or bus charges passengers a transportation fee, a special law imposing additional liabilities will apply to the company.
Common Injuries From TheRide Bus Accidents
Catastrophic injuries are potential outcomes of bus accidents due to the large size and weight of the vehicle. 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 Bus Accident On TheRide?
Individuals involved in any accident involving TheRide are entitled to various legal rights that must be preserved in order to maintain the ability to file an effective Michigan bus accident lawsuit. In most cases, the responsible bus company will try to have victims sign documents and waivers that prevent them from filing any future lawsuits against them. Additionally, bus company insurance adjusters may also attempt to record a statement from victims.
Either of these actions can lead to a victim losing their full range of legal rights regarding a Michigan bus accident lawsuit. To ensure that no legal rights are lost prior to filing a lawsuit, it is important that all victims contact one of our Michigan bus accident attorneys to allow those skilled in the legal process to help navigate the various legal hurdles.
Having proper representation is the most important factor in ensuring that legal rights will be retained and an effective lawsuit will be pursued.
Do I Get Michigan No-Fault Benefits If I Was An Injured Bus Passenger?
All those effected in a bus accident on TheRide are entitled to their full Michigan No-Fault insurance benefits. These insurance benefits ensure that victims may recover financial compensation for medical bills, income loss, and other damages, regardless of who was at fault in the accident. No-Fault insurance benefits even applies to those who did not own a car or have auto insurance at the time of the accident.
To receive the insurance benefits, a victim must submit a written application that can be provided from an insurance agent or the assigned insurance adjuster. If the process is unclear, an attorney from Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. will be able to assist in the application process.
How Much Are Settlements From TheRide Bus Accidents?
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
Bus accidents involving a death may allow the filing of a wrongful death lawsuit by the surviving estate members to occur. Wrongful death lawsuits attempt to acquire compensation for the pain and suffering of the deceased, loss of companionship, loss of income, and any additional expenses that occurred because of the death.
Before pursuing a lawsuit against TheRide, our attorneys will gather the accident report(s) and all relevant medical records to allow a thorough evaluation of the claim to take place. Through this evaluation, a range for potential settlement amounts will be determined with the entire process being discussed with the victim once it has been completed.
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 TheRide Bus Accident Lawyers
If you or someone you know was injured in a TheRide 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.