If you've been injured in a bus accident, either as a passenger on the bus, or by being hit by a bus while driving or walking, you might be confused as to how to proceed. Was the bus driver the only one at fault? Is the bus company responsible? What if the bus was public—can the city or state government be ordered to compensate you? A bewildering number of questions need to be answered, and without legal training, you probably won't be able to answer them yourself. A skilled New Hampshire personal injury lawyer will be able to help you receive justice and the financial compensation that you deserve.
The question of how you are able to pursue your case might hinge on some very specific points of law that a skilled lawyer like Dan Hynes will be familiar with. For instance, if the bus driver was completely at fault, and perhaps even intoxicated, does that mean that you have to restrict your suit to the bus driver alone? Perhaps not. The bus company or city/state transit authority might still have had a responsibility to hire competent bus drivers or to supervise drivers so that they do not become incompetent. Perhaps the driver was not trained adequately, or was not monitored or fired even though supervisors knew of the driver's substance abuse issues. Perhaps a supervisor was sufficiently careless that he or should could be personally responsible for the accident as well as the bus company or transit authority.
Moreover, establishing any responsibility will depend on obtaining evidence that you might not be able to obtain on your own. Your lawyer will be able to use the full extent of the law to force the bus company to turn over records that will allow you to establish your case. A lot of records might be relevant—bus maintenance records, to show if the bus was not in good working order when it should have been; driver training records, to show if the driver was sufficiently trained and competent to be driving a difficult vehicle; driver discipline records, to show if the driver has had past problems related to performance such that he or she should haven't been allowed to drive the bus and that the supervisors therefore bear some responsibility for the accident; records relating to the training and supervision of all drivers, in addition to the one who caused your accident, which may show that the company or transit authority has been systematically failing to adequately supervise or discipline all drivers, making an accident like yours inevitable; records relating to the route the bus was driving, which could possibly show that problems relating to traffic or obstacles on that route were known about but not addressed, adding to the carelessness which led to the accident; or even records relating to the decision to have the buses running even if there was inclement weather the day of the accident, and whether the decision to run the buses or pressure for them to run quickly made the accident more likely and therefore were negligent.
All of these records will take a lot of time to go through, and a skilled lawyers' judgment to decide what is relevant and how to present them to a jury so that they make a cohesive, easy-to-understand, and convincing case.
It is likely that the bus company, in order to avoid negative publicity, will offer you a settlement, meaning that they will pay you an agreed sum of money and in return you will dismiss your case. This might be in your interest, because it means you won't have to wait until trial to be compensated (in some counties, it could be several months before the court can get to your case!) and you won't have to risk losing at trial. It might not be in your interest to accept a settlement if the amount offered is much less than you could be awarded at trial. A skilled New Hampshire personal injury lawyer will be able to help you make the decision that is best for you and your family.
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