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Layton Bus Accident Attorneys Serving Northern Utah
Buses are an excellent form of transportation for those who choose not to walk or bike and don’t want to deal with the expenses that come with having a car. This being said, those who ride the bus risk the possibility of an accident just as drivers risk the possibility of an auto accident. Our Utah bus accident lawyers are here to help you through it all. We will take on the stress so that you can focus on healing and recovering. If you’ve been in an accident, contact our office today to take advantage of your free, no-obligation case review with a personal injury attorney.
Tips for a Successful Claim
Chances are you have never been in a bus accident before and don’t know what all you need to do after the fact to ensure that you have a successful case. Here are three helpful tips for you.
- Seek medical attention sooner rather than later. The sooner you are diagnosed, the sooner you can be treated. The sooner you’re treated, the sooner your claim can be settled and closed. It could be an urgent care or your primary physician.
- Collect physical evidence from the scene. Take pictures of the entire scene; as many as you can. Talk to witnesses and the other people involved in the accident. Get insurance and contact information.
- Don’t talk to insurance representatives. They are not looking out for your best interest and will be asking you for a recorded statement shortly after the accident. Never give them one. They will try to use such a statement to discount or deny your claim.
How Compensation Works
Utah follows what are called “shared fault” rules which affect how much compensation you may be eligible for as a result of your bus accident. Here is how the rule works: If you are found to be 50% or more at fault for the cause of the accident, you will not be eligible for financial compensation. If you are found to be less than 50% at fault, you will be eligible for compensation, though it will be less than compensation for a no-fault claim. If you share no fault in causing the accident (you were a passenger sitting on the bus when it collided with a car) then you are eligible for the greatest level of financial compensation for your damages, injuries, pain, and suffering. Our Utah bus accident lawyer works hard to get you the fullest and fairest amount of compensation possible.
Types of Bus Accident Injuries
Bus accidents include more than collisions of vehicles. They can be slip and falls at the bus station, you can be a passenger on the bus during a crash, or you could be in another vehicle that collided with the bus. The possible injuries range greatly due to these possible accidents that the term “bus accident” covers. The types of injuries include:
- Broken bones or fractures
- Cuts and lacerations
- Spinal injury
- Head injury
- Internal bleeding
These injuries have the potential to be permanent in nature. When you are seeking compensation, regardless of fault, the amount you receive will be based on your injuries. Minor injuries will have lower considerations for financial compensation than major injuries would. Whatever the case, our bus accident attorneys are dedicated to obtaining to maximizing your settlement.
Statute of Limitations
A “statute of limitation,” defines a time period in which you can bring complaints or press charges in court. In Utah, the statute of limitations for a bus accident is four years. Our attorneys operate on a contingency fee basis and provide a free, no-obligation consultation for a variety of personal injury matters, meaning we don’t get paid until you do, so there’s no reason to wait. If you have been injured in a bus accident, it’s essential that you obtain legal representation as soon as possible. Contact our office today to schedule your free consultation and meet with a personal injury attorney.
How Do I Find the Right Bus Accident Attorney?
If you’ve been involved in a bus accident in the state of Utah, it’s important that you hire the right attorney. The right attorney, in that case, is somebody who has experience dealing with bus accidents, is able to understand the regulations, and understands how the transit company operates. Our bus accident attorneys are dedicated to settling your case in as expeditious a manner as possible, while also ensuring you receive the treatment you need and the best possible settlement.
What Mistakes Should I Avoid When Handling a Bus Accident?
When someone has been seriously injured in a bus accident in the state of Utah, one of the common mistakes that these victims make is not seeking medical attention soon after the accident. If you have been injured, it’s important that you see a doctor as quickly as you can. Another is when claimants do not follow the recommendations of their doctors. It is important to give yourself the time and rest necessary to heal, especially as prescribed by a medical authority. Mistake number three is when victims do not hire an attorney early on in the case. An attorney and their paralegal staff will step in, organize your case, help you avoid common pitfalls, and make sure that your case progresses smoothly. Our personal injury attorneys have the experience to fight and win for a fair settlement on your behalf, in or out of court.
What Should I Do After a Bus Accident?
If you have been injured by a bus in the state of Utah, we recommend that you do the following: First, you need to seek medical care for any injuries that you sustained in the accidents. You need to understand your injuries and what your treatment plan will look like moving forward Second, we recommend that you hire an attorney who can handle your case from start to finish early on in your case.
What Are the Differences Between Car and Bus Accidents?
If you have been injured by a bus in the state of Utah, there are some differences that are important that our clients need to be aware of. First, buses are typically much larger than the objects or the vehicles that they strike, and so the forces are different. You need to understand what those forces are and how that impacts the type of injuries that you sustain and how severe those injuries are.
Second, you’re typically dealing with a corporate policy, which typically carry higher insurance limits, so there usually is a greater amount of insurance to cover the injuries you sustain. A third issue is, lots of times, buses are owned by either states or cities, or municipalities or school districts, which are governmental agencies, and if the bus that injured you is owned by a governmental agency, there are different rules that apply. You have a shorter amount of time to bring a claim. There are certain steps you have to take, and if you fail to take any of those steps, you could lose your right to make a claim.
What if My Kid Was Hurt on a School Bus?
If your child was injured on a school bus, whether or not your child can bring a claim depends on a number of factors. First, an investigator will need to determine the fault of the accident. This will typically be handled by the police when they arrive at the scene of the accident.
School districts, as government entities, enjoy some level of governmental immunity. As such, any claim will have to be handled different than many other personal injury claims. Consult with one of our personal injury attorneys as soon as possible, as you may have a restricted window of time in which to bring your child’s claim.
What Causes a Bus Accident?
Bus accidents can result from a variety of factors. Your qualified legal team at LeBaron & Jensen has experience settling bus accidents in Utah and knows what to look for in the reports and statements filed following your accident. After law enforcement and insurance officials investigate your accident, they’ll work to determine the following:
- Was anyone under the influence of drugs or alcohol?
- Was anyone driving recklessly or had intentional recklessness?
- Did weather play a factor in the crash?
- Did the bus have defective equipment?
- Was the bus properly maintained?
- Were the roadways hazardous?
When dealing with any type of bus accident in Utah, contact LeBaron & Jensen to ensure your claim is handled correctly and you receive the compensation and justice you deserve.
Meet our amazing attorneys.
We’re a talented group of attorneys interested in helping our clients get a fair settlement for their car accident.
When Miles LeBaron started LeBaron & Jensen with Tyler Jensen in 2004, they began with the objective of providing competent, result-oriented “big firm” legal representation, but with a small firm personal touch and less overhead to pass on to the client. Miles spent the first ten (10) years of his career representing various financial institutions and other companies in Utah with their litigation needs, including obtaining hundreds of thousands of dollars in settlements from insurance companies who refused to compensate business owners who had their property damaged by fires or floods.
Tyler J. Jensen is one of the founding attorneys of LeBaron & Jensen, P.C. and represents clients in Utah and Colorado. Tyler has participated in more than 1000 hearings in his career and is in the court room multiple times each week. People know him for his deep commitment to his clients, promptness, approachability, and efficiency in getting results. Tyler has devoted his career to helping clients who are facing difficult financial circumstances as a result of injuries, health issues, financial issues, or other economic setbacks. Tyler is an experienced bankruptcy and personal injury attorney and has a passion for helping people turn their lives around.
Dallin G. Johnson
Dallin joined LeBaron & Jensen in 2019. Since joining, his practice has focused almost exclusively on personal injury and he has become an integral part of the firm’s personal injury team in negotiating and litigating personal injury matters. He has helped clients recover hundreds of thousands of dollars in settlement proceeds for their injuries. Dallin also speaks Spanish and can serve the firm’s multiple Spanish-speaking clients in their native language.
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I highly recommend the firm of LeBaron & Jensen. Tyler and his staff answers my concerns promptly, gives absolutely top notch advice and does not charge an arm and a leg, but very fair fee for the services they provide. I feel as though Tyler gives you more than what you pay for and goes beyond whats expected. This is not just my opinion, but many other colleagues who actually referred me to him.
I can not say enough about this attorney office. Amazing team. I called multiple times with questions. Some times daily. Linda was always very patient with me and gave me all the information I was looking for each time. After our case was closed I had some additional questions and called and the team did not hesitate to jump in and help. The team genially cares about you and your family. Choose them and they will meet your needs and exceed your expectations.
We were very pleased with how Miles Lebaron handled our car accident case. The insurance company was quite difficult to work with. Miles was persistent with the insurance company and got the settlement we were seeking, without having to go to court.
Miles also handled a case for our son, who was bit on the face by a dog. Again, Miles was persistent and was able to get a fair settlement, which included allowing our son to have the reconstructive surgery that he needed.
Contact our Utah Bus Accident Attorneys.
LeBaron & Jensen has decades of combined experience handling a variety of bus accident cases throughout the state of Utah. We understand how devastating an accident can be and we promise to work hard to get fair financial compensation and peace of mind for you and your family. We provide free, no-obligation consultations for a variety of personal injury claims. Contact our office today at 801-773-9488 for more information about your bus accident claim.
LeBaron & Jensen, P.C.
1241 N Main St, Layton, UT 84041