Raleigh Bus Accident Attorney | Durham Municipal Bus Lawyer
March 6, 2012
In many ways, a bus accident personal injury claim works just the same as any other. To establish your case, you need to be able to identify the negligent party and prove all damages resulting from the conduct of that negligent party. In a bus accident, the negligent party may be the bus driver, the driver of a vehicle that struck the bus, or, in some cases, both. Your damages may include, but are not limited to, medical and pharmaceutical expenses; lost wages and/or loss of wage earning capacity; physical, mental, and emotional pain and suffering; and, in cases of willful and wanton negligence, punitive damages.
There are plenty of public transportation options in and around the Triangle Area, including Triangle Transit, Capital Area Transit (CAT), Durham Area Transit Authority (DATA), and Chapel Hill Transit. Many of these public transportation options are owned or operated by municipalities. Traditionally, this was a serious problem for injured parties, because municipalities had what is referred to as “sovereign immunity.” This meant that, in most cases, the city could not be sued for its negligence. However, it is common now for cities and counties to completely or partially waive their immunity by purchasing insurance. If this is the case, you may be entitled to recover damages directly from their insurer or from a municipal fund dedicated for tort claims. If your claim is against a town or city such as Chapel Hill, Durham, or Raleigh, it is important you speak to a lawyer, because the rules for bringing claims vary from municipality to municipality.
If you have been involved in a serious bus accident, contact the Wake County law firm of Maginnis Law. Lawyer Shawn Howard focuses his practice on representing personal injury claimants and can help you recover compensation for your bus accident injuries. Whether you are pursuing damages against Triangle Transit, CAT, DATA, or Chapel Hill Transit, the case will be taken on a contingency basis. This means that you pay no attorneys’ fees until there has been a recovery of damages on your behalf.
Maginnis Law is a Raleigh civil law firm that represents bus accident victims in and around the Triangle Area, including Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary, Fayetteville, Sanford, Wake Forest, Apex, and Morrisville. All consultations and evaluations are offered free of charge. You may speak directly with one of our lawyers (not a paralegal), by calling 919.480.8526. You may also send an email directly to the firm’s lawyers by using the contact page.