Average Value of a Bus Accident Claim

Many people all over the world prefer to use buses, trams, and other modes of public transportation to get around rather than a car. It can be more cost-effective to pay for a monthly bus fare ticket, rather than paying for a vehicle with monthly insurance payments. Taking the bus is especially popular with those who live in densely populated cities, tourists, students, church groups, and sporting teams. Most times, bus travelers have no issues and arrive safely at their destinations. When bus accidents do occur, however, they can be severe. 

If you’ve been hurt in a bus accident caused by no fault of your own, you should not be left responsible for the damages caused by the bus accident. You have a right to be compensated for your losses and long-term pain that you might be suffering. While these situations are scary and never planned for, rest assured, there is trusted help available to you. 

Trusted Bus Accident Attorneys in Orlando

The personal injury attorneys at The Umansky Law Firm have been helping injured accident victims get the relief that they need for more than 100 years combined. Each of their attorneys has extensive trial experience and will fight aggressively to win full and fair compensation in your bus accident injury claim. 

Key Statistics on Bus Accidents 

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Florida is one of the top ten most deadly states in the country when it comes to bus accident fatalities. The most recent data that refers to 2017 shows that bus accidents are increasing in number and severity on U.S. roads. The following are other key points and statistics:

  • Florida averaged two deadly motor coach accidents per year between 1996–2009. 
  • In 2017, 4,889 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes, a 9-percent increase from 2016.
  • Of the 37,133 fatal crashes on the nation’s roadways, 4,889 (13.2 percent) involved at least one large truck or bus, an increase of more than 2 percent in 2017

While bus accidents make a small portion of all total accidents on U.S. roads at just 0.6%, buses aren’t necessarily safer than cars. A study from the Journal of Safety Research found that the number of bus accidents that occur per one million miles driven at 3.04 is comparable to car accidents at 3.21.

Common Causes for Severe Bus Accidents

According to the Journal of Safety Research, most of the causes of severe bus accidents are related to the characteristics of the bus driver. Some of those characteristics that increase the level of severity include:

  • Experience – Younger, less experienced bus drivers increase the risk of severe bus accidents.
  • Age – Drivers under the age of 25 and over the age of 55 are more likely to cause a severe bus accident.
  • Gender – The study showed that women are at higher risk of causing a severe accident than men. 
  • Speed – Drivers traversing at low speeds under 20 mph and high speeds over 65 mph are at higher risk of causing a severe bus accident.
  • Location – Severe bus accidents often occur at intersections
  • Behaviors – Bus drivers who are not paying attention or who are risk-takers pose a higher threat for causing a severe bus accident. 

The University of Michigan researched bus accidents over a six-year snapshot that was detailed in “Type of Motor Carrier and Driver History in Fatal Bus Crashes.” This study shows that inter-city buses are nearly twice as likely to be in an accident, and charter bus drivers are more likely to make a driving error. 

Common Injuries from Bus Accidents in Florida

Bus accidents in Florida can be devastating. Common injuries for those involved in bus accidents include: 

  • Head injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Deep tissue and internal injuries

The sheer size of a bus and the high number of passengers that they carry can cause victims to suffer severe cases of these injuries. The most devastating bus accidents can lead to death. 

Estimating Value of a Bus Accident Injury Claim

No injury claim is the same, and average values vary from one case to the next. Your injury attorney can best answer an estimated value of your bus accident claim. There are, however, factors that are considered in all injury claims involving buses. Understanding those factors can provide further insight into what the average value of your bus accident claim might be. 

Determining Fault 

In a bus accident personal injury claim, you must prove that the other party was at fault for causing the accident. Because Florida is a comparative negligence state, any amount of responsibility that you had for creating the accident is deducted from your claim value. For example, if a judge found you 20% at fault for causing an accident, 20% of your injury claim will be deducted. 

Economic Damages

The value of your claim will depend heavily on your economic or monetary damages. These damages cover costs for:

  • Medical care
  • Lost wages
  • Ongoing therapy
  • and other costs directly related to the bus accident. 

Non-economic Damages

This type of compensation covers costs that can be more difficult to put a price on, like pain and suffering. Non-economic damages are often more challenging to prove. Bus accidents are often severe, however, and an experienced injury attorney will seek out every avenue to maximize the non-economic damages in your bus accident claim. 

Call Orlando’s Trusted Bus Accident Attorneys

The Umansky Law Firm is one of Orlando’s leading personal injury law firms. With extensive experience dealing with bus accidents, they will ensure that you’re compensated fully and fairly. Our proven track record of substantial injury settlements is a reflection of our dedication and passion for helping injured victims in Central Florida. 

If you’ve been hurt in a bus accident, call The Umansky Law Firm to learn how we can maximize your injury claim so that you can focus on your recovery. To schedule a free consultation, complete an online contact form or call at (407) 228-2828.