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    Bus Accident Attorneys

    Every single year, millions of Florida residents take the bus. The youngest among us take the bus to make it to school on time. Those who live in the big cities take the transit buses to go to work or to take care of their errands. Still others take buses between cities as a way to get from one part of the state to the other. 

    Most bus trips are safe, but the worst can happen. It is hard to predict what will happen on the road. When the driver is operating a machine that is far larger than most of the other vehicles on the road, any accident can turn serious quickly.

    At Panter Law, we want to give you more information on what can happen after a bus accident. As local accident lawyers, we have the insight you need to help explore your options.

    Common Bus Accident Injuries

    Unfortunately, many injuries that come from bus crashes are serious. A car is heavy, and a bus is often several times larger than a car. That means that any collision is going to come with maximum impact. Read below to learn common bus accident injuries:

    • Head injury
    • Spinal cord injury
    • Broken bones
    • Lacerations and deep cuts
    • Whiplash
    • Death
    • Burns
    • Paralysis

    The above is not meant to be a comprehensive list. There are many more injuries that can come from bus accidents.

    Types of Bus Accidents

    Not everyone encounters the same issues when it comes to bus accidents. This makes sense, because not every bus is the same. Read below to learn more about what could be more specific for you.

    School Bus Accidents

    School bus accidents require the parent sue on behalf of the child. Most school buses lack even basic safety features like seat belts, which means that injuries can be catastrophic. Children have special status under the law, and judges have widely recognized that kids need extra protection.

    Drivers have a duty to drive safely while they are driving the bus, of course, but sometimes that duty of care extends into certain circumstances where they might have to ensure the safety of the children.

    It is also possible, under certain circumstances, that you can hold school entities liable, in addition to the school bus driver and the owner of the bus. 

    Transit Buses

    Similar to school buses, many public buses lack any safety features. That is before the buses get overcrowded. People’s stray items can go flying in the event of a crash. 

    Because cities, counties, or other governmental agencies operate many public puses, special sets of laws regulate who can sue and how much they can sue for. It would be a good idea to contact local accident lawyers who can help you out.

    Intercity Buses 

    Taking a bus can seem like a cheap and convenient way to go from Miami to any point in Florida, but there are always crashes. These motor coaches pose many of the same risks as other types of buses. Many of these companies are in the business of transporting customers along specific, regular and fixed routes, and as such they are considered common carriers. This label means that they have to exercise the highest degree of care towards their customers. Passengers who are injured as a result of a bus crash are usually entitled to compensation, if they hire a lawyer quickly. 

    Damages You May Be Able To Sue For After A Florida Bus Accident

    You may be able to sue for the following damages after a bus accident:

    • Monetary damages
    • Pain and suffering
    • Medical bills
    • Punitive damages

    Determining Negligence In A Bus Accident Lawsuit

    One of the trickiest parts about a bus accident case is determining who exactly is liable. A good lawyer can help you establish who is to blame. Check out the list below, for people who are eligible to be sued:

    • The bus driver
    • The bud driver’s employer
    • Passengers of the bus
    • Other drivers
    • Cyclists and pedestrians who don’t have right of way
    • The metropolitan authorities

    That is not meant to be a comprehensive list.

    At Panter Law, we are committed to fighting for you and your rights. Our team is ready to be with you every step of the way. Call us today to learn more about who we are and what we can do for you. 

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    • Panter, Panter & Sampedro is among the leading personal injury law firms in South Florida. For more than 30 years, our Board Certified trial attorneys have represented individuals injured by negligent parties in cases of significant size and complexity across various practice areas.

      We are a different kind of law firm, with the legal skill and expertise needed to serve our clients, and an unwavering dedication to family values.

      We believe our success, both inside and outside the courtroom, is defined by what we care about — it’s that simple. Panter, Panter & Sampedro is an award-winning personal injury law firm — but more than that — it is a group of people that genuinely cares about protecting the rights of individuals suffering as a result of wrongdoing and negligence.

    • With a track record of success in working closely with each client, our legal team has secured millions of dollars in compensation for thousands of accident victims and their families over the course of three decades. We guide our clients through the entire legal proceedings, from filing the initial complaint to assisting with the proper distribution of funds once compensation is awarded.

      Our vast trial experience includes substantial verdicts and settlements in cases involving motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, product liability, slip-and-fall, catastrophic injuries, wrongful death and more.

      Panter, Panter & Sampedro’s proven team of civil trial lawyers are relied upon by the Miami and South Florida community to protect their rights and ensure justice is served by securing the best verdicts and recoveries possible.

      When our firm takes on a personal injury claim, we aggressively represent our clients and fight for the maximum compensation under the law. Rest assured that no matter how difficult the case, we are prepared to serve as your most ardent legal advocates and welcome the opportunity to hold the culpable parties accountable.  

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      We believe that everyone, regardless of their financial status, should have access to sound legal counsel as they exercise their right to pursue justice and redress any harm or wrongdoing.

      At Panter, Panter & Sampedro, all our services are offered on a “contingency fee” basis, which means that any payment to the firm completely depends on whether our efforts result in a financial recovery for our client.

      Any lawyer’s fees for representing the client will be deducted from the final personal injury settlement in the client’s case or from the damages awarded after a favorable verdict, in the event that the client’s case goes to trial.

      In general, attorneys can receive up to one-third of the gross amount of a pre-suit settlement or 40% of the gross settlement recovery once a Defendant files an answer to a lawsuit. These rules are regulated by the Florida Bar, and the following summarizes our contingency fee policy:

      • Client enters into an agreement granting legal authority to the firm to represent the client in exchange for attorneys fees paid in the form of a percentage of the total recovery.
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      Personal injury law, also known as tort law, is designed to protect you if you or your property is injured or harmed because of someone else’s act or failure to act. In a successful tort action, the one who caused the injury or harm compensates the one who suffered the losses.

      Every tort claim, regardless of its basis, whether intentional, negligence, or strict liability, has two basic issues—liability and damages. Was the defendant liable for the damages you sustained, and, if so, what is the nature and extent of your damages? If you can prove liability and damages, our system of justice will award you compensation for your loss.

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