Bus Accident Attorneys in San Francisco
Bus Accident Injury Lawyers: Tens of Millions of Dollars Recovered for Our ClientsAt Delfino, Green & Green, we’re not afraid to take on big companies or government entities in pursuit of justice. No matter who the at-fault party is in your case, we’ll do everything we can to secure the compensation you deserve. Give us a call at (415) 442-4646 to schedule your free consultation. City buses offer an easy, affordable way for thousands of people to get around San Francisco every day. But make no mistake—these vehicles aren’t immune to accidents. City-funded transportation can be involved in and cause wrecks just as easily as other vehicles. However, determining the at-fault party may be more complex. Bus accidents have a greater capacity for catastrophic damage than regular vehicles, if only for their sheer size. When the collide with pedestrians, cars, motorcycles and even trucks, there is a serious potential for severe injuries and death. If you were injured in a bus accident, you may be facing huge medical bills, lost wages and other damages; you may be wondering how you’ll ever recover. Don’t give up—you may be able to recoup your losses through a bus accident lawsuit. Keep reading to find out if you’re eligible to file a claim.
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No matter what type of vehicle you were in at the time of your accident, you deserve compensation if the wreck was caused by someone’s negligence. As some of the Bay Area’s most trusted bus accident attorneys, we may be able to help. Contact us today.contact us now
What Is Considered a Bus?It may surprise you to learn that a variety of vehicles qualify as buses. Legally speaking, a bus is a self-propelled vehicle (in contrast to the Muni) used by public entities to provide designated public transportation. That means that in San Francisco, the following vehicles technically count as buses:
- Airport shuttles
- Interstate carriers
- Tour buses
- School buses
- City buses
Why Do Bus Accidents Happen?You may think that because buses exist as a public service that they’re immune to many of the risks associated with personal vehicles, but that’s not true. Buses are involved in many of the same accidents as cars, but they have the potential to cause more damage. Here are some of the most common reasons for bus accidents in San Francisco:
- Distracted driving. Even professional drivers can succumb to distraction, but not all distractions imply negligence. For example, a bus driver who gets distracted by a fight breaking out in the bus and crashes as a result is not being reckless in the same way as the driver who crashes while checking their text messages.
- Urban location. Like commercial trucks, buses may struggle to make turns in tight, heavily-populated urban areas.
- Hazardous road conditions. Sometimes improperly maintained roads can cause bus drivers to wreck due to no fault of their own. Messy road construction zones can also contribute to bus accidents.
- Improper maintenance. Public entities have a duty to properly maintain the buses they own, and when city employees neglect to do so, they may be held liable in the event of an accident.
- Defective parts. If a bus accident is caused by a defective part, the part manufacturer or seller may be the at-fault party.
Recoverable CompensationTypically, injury victims can file a bus accident lawsuit whenever they suffer serious injuries as a result of someone’s negligence. Injury victims don’t have to be passengers in the bus to file a claim; they may be pedestrians or passengers and drivers in other vehicles as well. Although individuals can file on their own, it’s generally helpful to partner with a San Francisco bus accident lawyer. After you and your lawyer determine the at-fault party, the next step will be to calculate damages. Most people don’t realize that settlement figures can include more than just economic losses; they can include intangible ones as well. Here are some of the damages you may be able to receive compensation for:
- Property damage
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Lost earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Life-care expenses
- Disability or disfigurement
Top San Francisco Bus Accident AttorneysPeople who use public transportation deserve safe transit. When they’re injured in a bus accident caused by someone’s negligence, they deserve compensation. However, obtaining compensation—especially from government entities, companies and insurance providers—is a daunting task unless you have extensive legal knowledge. Here’s the good news: Injury victims and their families don’t have to pursue justice on their own. When you partner with a top San Francisco bus accident attorney, they will investigate your case and identify the best legal strategy for your situation. By alleviating the lion’s share of legal stress, you can focus on what matters the most—your recovery. Concerned you can’t afford a personal injury attorney? Don’t stress. The legal professionals at Delfino, Green & Green have you covered. We work on a contingency fee basis, so we don’t get paid until you do. That means you can work with some of the best lawyers in the Bay Area without paying a dime upfront
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Verdicts & Settlements
We've recovered millions for our clients
$10,000,000Bad Faith Insurance Claim
Insurance Coverage/Bad Faith Bad Faith – Pollution Coverage Prior to forming his own firm, Mr. Green worked at one of the largest and most prestigious firms in the U.S. He was the primary attorney on an environmental insurance case that went to trial in San Francisco. After a several week trial, Mr. Green came away with a trial verdict against the insurers with a value of over $10,000,000 in available insurance coverage.
Disability – Neurological Issues Our client became disabled from neurological issues. Our attorneys were able to work with the client and his physicians to quickly assemble all of the documentation necessary to support out client’s claim of total disability. The insurer agreed that our client was totally disabled and paid his claim.
$2,000,000Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic Brain Injury to Child A three year old child was being carried across the street when she was struck by an oncoming car. The child suffered a serious traumatic brain injury when she hit the ground. Her injuries were so serious she had to be hospitalized for several months. Our firm negotiated a settlement of $2,000,000 by forcing the payment of all of the available insurance from the driver’s automobile insurer ($1,250,000), the entire amount of the homeowners insurance limits available ($500,000), and all of the amounts that the person carrying the little girl was able to recover from the negligent driver ($250,000). We then arranged for another firm to prepare and fund a large Special Needs Trust for the health and welfare of the injured child.
$1,800,000Heart Condition Disability
Our client became disabled by a heart attack. The insurer refused to pay, claiming that our client was still able to perform his occupation. We met with all of our client’s doctors, obtained reports confirming the client’s inability to perform his prior occupation, and ultimately convinced the insurance company to pay the claim in full.
A contractor suffered a severe collapse at one of his sites. The claim was submitted to the insurer and denied. Mr. Green reviewed all of the facts, researched the law, and brought together the necessary experts to prove that the Contractor’s Builders Risk insurer was responsible for a substantial portion of the loss. He also proved that a subcontractor was negligent and the subcontractor’s insurer also paid a substantial settlement. In total, Mr. Green was able to obtain more than $1,700,000 in compensation for his client.
$1,000,000Heart Condition Disability
Our client had worked for the government for many years when she began suffering from a serious heart condition. All of her doctors told her that she could no longer work and if she continued to do so, she would be risking further injury to her heart or even death. Based on thi
$1,000,000Traumatic Brain Injury
Our client suffered a mild Traumatic Brain Injury when heavy object struck her in the head. The responsible party denied all fault and insisted until the very end that our client had not suffered a brain injury and offered nothing to settle the case. Our firm assembled a team of world renowned expert‘s to demonstrate that our client had suffered a mild Traumatic brain injury. The case settled shortly before trial.
$985,000Traumatic Hand Injury
Our client was working at a manufacturing plant. While operating a piece of machinery, his glove became caught in the machinery and part of his hand was severely injured. Ordinarily, this type of injury would be restricted to remedies available through Worker’s Compensation. However, through the knowledge, ingenuity, and creativity of our team of attorneys, we were also able to obtain a very substantial civil settlement for our client in addition to the workers comp settlement of his case.
$975,000Aviation Death Settlement
A husband and father of two small children was killed in an aviation accident involving a small aircraft. Our firm represented the widow and two children against the pilot of the aircraft. By hiring experts in aviation (to prove negligence) and economists (to prove damages), and utilizing William Green’s expertise as an instrument-rated pilot, we were able to make a very powerful case and obtain a very favorable settlement that allowed the family to survive financially.
A construction supervisor went to pick up some materials for a construction job. A worker at the yard neglected to set the parking brake on a piece of heavy equipment a few yards away. While the construction supervisor had his back turned, the machine rolled into him, pinning him against the side of his pick-up truck. He suffered several broken ribs, but that was the least of his injuries. Within several weeks of the accident, he had partially lost his sight. By working with medical experts, our firm was able to directly connect the sight loss to the injuries caused by the machine that rolled into our client. The case settled at Mediation without any need for a trial.
Words of Praise from Our Clients
“Such amazing and professional attorneys. I would (and have) highly recommend Bill Green to anyone who needs a professional and classy individual for representation. I was self represented for a year and a half, and the opposing attorney was just disrespectful, and unprofessional with her personal opinions which spun the case out of control. Bill has the right attitude and level headed legal knowledge to assert whats wrong and bring justice where it is needed. My case is very much on the right track because of Bill.”- amy w
“Bill Green taking my case was life changing, I truly do not know what I would have done had I not retained his services. It was not easy finding a competent lawyer such as Bill in this field. Bill and his team are incredibly caring, ethical and kind, that is not easy to find these days. When Bill or a member of his team say they will do something, it gets done. Bill and team are always patient and make time for me. What stands out the most is Bill’s expertise, professionalism, knowledge and concern for his clients best interest. With his calm and approachable demeanor, genuine caring personality, I always feel I can contact him. Bill is an incredibly competent lawyer and a true gem. I would (and have) highly recommend Bill Green to anyone needing representation.”- staci g
“Delfino Green & Green handled my disability case in the San Francisco Bay Area and I recommend them highly. Bill Green was thorough in evaluating my case and explaining the issues to me. I felt they were a strong advocate and were attentive and concerned with protecting my best interests. They kept me up to date and communicated well. I am a physician and was referred to them by another physician so they can be called ‘the doctors’ lawyer.’”- Kenneth F
“The attorneys here are simultaneously the most competent and the most willing to go above and beyond for their clients in the areas of law they practice. The attorneys here are extremely competent, and the attorneys at this law firm have inspired me to practice law not for money nor personal glory, but for simply making a positive impact on people’s lives and on society, especially for individuals who have been wrongly treated. This firm embodies every attribute that an ideal attorney should carry in their careers. From tenacity to compassion and going above and beyond for the sake of their clients, you’re truly in the best hands if your case is lucky enough to be accepted by these high level attorneys.”- daniel c
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