The Best Bus Accident Lawyers in Hollywood, FL

We all expect our morning and evening commutes to go smoothly. After all, we’re just trying to get to where we need to be. Unfortunately, the unexpected sometimes happens. Even heading out on a simple errand can change the course of your life. Knowing what to do after an accident can make the difference between total devastation and securing your family’s financial future.

This is especially true for bus accidents. After all, bus accidents can be very different than a typical car accident. Why? Here are a few reasons:

A typical car weighs about 3,000 pounds. A bus loaded with children or commuters, on the other hand, can weigh up to 40,000 pounds. Given the differences in weight, a bus accident can cause serious damage and injury to everyone involved.

Bus drivers often receive special training to safely drive this massive vehicle. We entrust our lives in the hands of these drivers. This doesn’t mean that they won’t make mistakes. After all, bus drivers are human. Many operate on tight schedules to get passengers where they need to go. Their jobs depend on it. As a result, some of their decisions may sacrifice safety for staying on schedule.

Hazardous weather, distractions by passengers, or heavy traffic can also add to an already stressful situation. Buses need extra time to stop and more space to turn. The driver needs to react more quickly to avoid accidents. And, ordinary commuters aren’t making bus drivers’ lives any easier. Impatient motorists may drive recklessly to maneuver around stopped buses and even ignore the stop sign on a school bus.

Have You Been Involved in a Bus Accident?

Bus accidents may affect passengers, pedestrians, or those in other vehicles. You may be dealing with significant pain and injuries. Your car or other property may be ruined. And, you’re left with more questions than answers.

Who will pay for the losses associated with your injuries and property damage? Securing compensation for a bus accident can be complicated. You may have to sue a company that has a team of lawyers. These lawyers want to make sure that you obtain the least amount of compensation possible for your troubles.

And, you, simply trying to navigate the claims process while dealing with pain, can feel overwhelmed.

Don’t try to settle alone. The Ward Law Group wants to help you. Let us sift through the information of your bus accident and create a fair claim that will allow you to keep your family afloat during this difficult time.

The Ward Law Group also serves Spanish-speaking individuals who are involved in bus accidents. After all, over one-third of Hollywood, Florida’s residents identify as Hispanic. We don’t want a language barrier keeping you from securing the compensation you deserve after a bus accident.

Personal Injury & Bus Accident Statistics for Hollywood, FL

In metropolitan areas like Hollywood, Florida, bus accidents may be more common than you think. For example, just a few years ago a tow truck crashed into a bus, sending most of the bus passengers to the hospital.

More recently, four students were taken to the hospital after a school bus crash on 63rd Avenue and Fletcher Street. A car ran a stop sign and collided with a bus.

Luckily, both of these bus accidents didn’t involve any life-threatening injuries to passengers. Others, however, are not so lucky.

According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Broward county experienced over 4,000 commercial motor vehicle accidents—including bus accidents—in 2017. Of those accidents, over a thousand people were injured. This is a staggering 48% jump from the year before. Sadly, between 2016 and 2017, 22 people lost their lives in commercial motor vehicle crashes.

Given the popularity of Hollywood, FL for its great food, amazing beaches, and emerging nightlife, the streets are often filled with locals and eager tourists. Of course, all this extra traffic—especially from those unfamiliar with the area—make the roads more dangerous for commuters and buses.

Types of Bus Accident Injuries

As you probably know, many buses don’t have the same safety restraints and features as a typical car. Given the massive size and weight of a bus, the sustained injuries can be devastating.

Those in bus accidents may deal with injuries like:

  • Neck strains
  • Whiplash
  • Back injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Muscle damage
  • Lacerations and burns
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Bulging or herniated discs
  • Paralysis
  • Internal bleeding
  • Organ damage
  • Concussions or loss of consciousness
  • Wrongful death

In addition, the trauma of a bus accident or the resulting injuries can lead to mental health issues like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, or depression. Your family may also have to deal with the stress and hardships of you being out of work and trying to recover from injuries.

The Ward Law Group can help you recoup losses due to these injuries as well as the psychological effects of your accident. Our team’s extensive knowledge of the claims process can allow you to obtain more money than you expected. This money will cover your medical bills and help your family out during this difficult time.

Florida Law & Auto Accident Compensation

Florida has a “no-fault” law for car accident claims involving injuries. This means if you were injured in an accident, you have to settle with your insurance company. Your policy has personal injury protection (PIP) coverage. This means, after paying your deductible, your policy will pay for a set amount for injuries sustained during an accident. So, even if the accident wasn’t your fault, it may cost you money.

What if the cost of your injuries totals more than your PIP coverage?

Those with significant and/or permanent injuries can sue the other party to recover damages. If the case goes to trial, however, a judge or jury will determine how much you were at fault for the accident. So, if you were deemed partially at fault, then you may lose part of your claim. For example, say you sued for $5,000 in damages. Then a jury determines you were 20% at fault. This means, if all goes well with the trial, you will still only receive $4,000.

And, what if you are a passenger involved in a bus accident? Do you sue the bus company or the driver at fault? Do you even know who is at fault in your bus accident? After all, you were probably just going about your business, waiting to get to your next destination.

Is your head spinning yet?

Yes, personal injury laws can be confusing. Especially to individuals with no prior legal experience.

Think of it this way:

You wouldn’t try performing heart surgery on yourself. So, then, why would you try to deal with complex laws on your own? Why risk losing hundreds or even thousands of dollars by adopting a do-it-yourself approach to legal representation?

Maximizing Your Claim: Immediate Steps to Take After an Accident

A bus accident can be a chaotic, emotional scene. A typical school bus can hold up to 72 kids. Many commuter buses have a capacity of up to 80 passengers. That’s a lot of people who may be injured, shocked, or panicked after a bus accident.

If you are involved in a bus accident, make sure you are safe. You may feel the need to help others, but if you suspect any kind of injury, it may be prudent to wait until trained responders arrive on the scene. While it is noble to want to help others, you don’t want to further injure yourself while responders are usually only minutes away in a busy metropolitan area like Hollywood, FL.

Once help arrives, request medical attention for any suspected injuries. This is no time to be stoic. The trauma of a bus accident may have you emotionally charged with adrenaline pumping through your system. As you calm down, you may realize the bus accident injured you more than you first expected. At the very least, schedule an appointment with your doctor a day or two after an accident. This can help determine if the bus accident caused any injuries and also provide medical documentation for the claims process.

If possible, take pictures of the accident scene. Obtain the names, addresses, and phone numbers of any witnesses. Also, request the contact information of any police officers you spoke with at the scene of the accident.

You May Not Get the Money You Deserve Trying to Settle On Your Own

Before making any settlements with the bus or insurance company, make sure you talk to a Hollywood personal injury lawyer. Bus accident claims may not be as clear-cut as typical car accident claims—especially if you were a passenger on the bus.

Hiring a personal injury attorney who knows how to properly handle bus accident claims can ensure you get fair compensation for your injuries, suffering, and property damage.

The Ward Law Group Can Help You Through This Difficult Time

The claims process for bus accidents can be challenging for both English- and Spanish-speaking victims. Luckily, you don’t have to go at it alone.

Why not give The Ward Law Group a call today? Here are just a couple of reasons:

  • Filing a claim too late can lead to it being rejected. Don’t procrastinate.
  • We will fully investigate your claim and make sure we settle with the appropriate party.
  • You can focus on your recovery while we do the legal legwork (paperwork, phone calls, litigation).
  • We will make sure the medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and emotional suffering are included in your claim with proper documentation.

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Jany Martinez-Ward is a wizard!

I have no idea how she cut through all the hassles and nightmare situations but she figured it out! I never thought I would have a chance at claiming what was rightfully mine when all the cards seemed to be stacked against me.

The staff is also courteous and professional with a broad knowledge in their field. I would highly recommend The Ward Law Group to anyone in need…

- Christopher H.

A sincere interest in helping you!

This was the only firm I found that was willing to hear me and try to help me despite my position. Other firms went straight to weighing the odds of making money out of it and then discarded me without having any kindness toward the fact that I was injured and needed help…

Extra points as they all speak English and Spanish!

- Nela G.

Definitely recommend this law firm 200%!

Ward Law Group is the BEST law firm! The car accident attorney, Jany Martinez Ward, goes above and beyond to help her clients, and she’s passionate about the results. Their customer service goes beyond measure. Ancelys is always resolving all my issues and answering all my questions.

Jany Martinez Ward and her team are definitely heavenly sent!!!

- Eddie N.

The best personal injury law firm out there!

They helped me from the very beginning to receive the best medical attention, therapy, and legal advice.  Great service and super great energy as people. They never give up and are always ready to fight for the good cause.

I would recommend their service without hesitating. They won my case and thanks to them my injuries were treated. We won our case – settled for what we expected plus more!

- Oswaldo R.

Jany Martinez-Ward is the best car accident attorney in South Florida!

The Ward Law Group is an extraordinary firm that rendered absolutely impeccable service to me throughout the entire process of obtaining my car rental and fixing my vehicle. They fought to make sure that I received great compensation for my case while delivering the absolute best service possible. I would recommend this law firm 100% to anyone involved in a car accident!

- Ashley Z.

Best decision of 2017!

Late last year during hurricane Irma, I was heading home from work when an irresponsible driver T-boned me. I had heard of the Ward Law Group from a very close friend and decided to give them a call. I began treatment promptly after speaking to their investigator, Jonathan, and it was a complete success. My case manager, Amalia, along with her assistants, Karen and Lucy, helped my case go along smoothly and because of them, I received optimal results.

- Alex L.

Very thorough with long-distance service!

This law firm was very professional and thorough! I was living in North Carolina throughout the process and although they are located in Florida, they made my experience very pleasant and straightforward! Cindy was in constant communication with me and would explain all the details needed for my case! Cindy never hesitated to help and answer all my questions from start to finish!

- Diego G.

You can count on my recommendation!

I am very thankful to the Ward Law Group. My case was a bit old, but still within the statute of limitations, which meant we all had to work as quickly as possible. Special thanks to Javier, my first point of contact, who listened very carefully to my long, long dissertation and always provided me with a positive attitude. You can count on my recommendation for any future client!

-T. Lopez

Great fit between knowledge & competitiveness!

My experience with the Ward Law Group was impeccable from beginning to end. Each and every person in our process was professional, respectful, and knowledgeable.

It’s not easy to strike that balance between knowledge and competitiveness. Ward Law has it. Thanks!

- Gonzalo S.

Amazing law firm! Amazing team! Amazing results!

Amazing law firm! Amazing team! Amazing results! Beautiful office!

My case manager was Francis and she did a phenomenal job on my case. I will definitely recommend this firm to anyone. Thank you Ms. Ward!

- Willy M

Phenomenal, dedicated, gets work done!

At first, I was having a hard time with my previous adjuster… Then, God sent me Francis, and all I can say about her is “wowww.” She is phenomenal, dedicated, and above all, she gets work done. I will definitely use the Ward Law Group again if needed.

- Gaby R.

Personalized & professional attention!

If you ever need a lawyer to fight for your rights, The Ward Law Group is the one. You will receive their personalized & professional attention.

- Luis C.

All around amazing!

The Ward Law Group made sure that I got the medical care I needed and kept me informed the entire way. They showed that they truly care about their clients.  I only wish I knew about them when my husband was in a car/motorcycle accident last year. Dealing with other lawyers had left me with a negative outlook on the whole process. But it’s safe to say The Ward Law Group restored it.

- Susana L.

Works day & night to take care of you!

I was blessed to have this wonderful team behind me through this journey. Thanks to Ancelys’ and Jany’s hard work, we won the lawsuit. Lawsuits come with mental anguish that can translate into depression or anxiety. My case was long and filled with constant roadblocks. This did not deter The Ward Law Group in the least. If anything, I felt it made them work harder. This team is so multifaceted, they were able to help me with every aspect of my case.

- Jamie L.

Would recommend them with my eyes shut!

This was the first time that I have ever had such an amazing experience with a law group. They have been very supportive and not just regarding my car, health, and financial compensation. In less than 5 months, they satisfactorily solved all of my problems, one by one.  I would recommend them with my eyes shut. Amazing job!

- Lili V.

Definitely the lion in the room!

Gregory Ward is definitely the lion in the room. He takes pride in defending his clients and carries a powerful family energy. Greg has the wisdom and force to show his magnificent mane and ferocious roar when working his cases. He protects his clients as members of his family. Greg shows strength and a willingness to win the case. Professionalism and honesty. I recommend The Ward Law Group highly.

-Anon

Fought tooth & nail for our case!

I can’t even begin to say how amazing this group of people is. Back in March of 2016, I was involved in a car accident with another person. Since then, The Ward Law Group has fought tooth and nail for our case.  They never ceased to amaze me. We could email Ancelys at 11pm and she wouldn’t hesitate to answer. We are fortunate to have come across such talented professionals. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

-Kayleen B.

Above & beyond “excellent!”

Being in an accident is very stressful and not just the emotional part of it. My car was damaged and I sustained some injuries to my spine. Since the moment I contacted The Ward Law Group, everything was so much easier. They have gone above and beyond “excellent.”  I highly recommend that if you are ever involved in a car accident that you immediately contact The Ward Law Group to assist you in the whole recovery process.

-Gloria C.

Increased settlement over 10x the initial amount!

The Ward Law Group provided excellent support and clinical accommodations throughout the entirety of my case. Their responses were prompt with regard to my case or any questions about therapy also. They did an absolutely extraordinary job with my settlement as well, being able to increase the initial settlement offer to over 10 times the amount! I really can’t say enough good things about the way I was treated and how my case was handled.

- Eric M.

Peace during a stressful time in my life!

I highly recommend The Ward Law Group without any reservation and I thank them for giving me much peace during a stressful time in my life. The Ward Law Group put my mind at ease every step of the way and handled my case efficiently and professionally. Very few times we actually find good lawyers who work because they enjoy helping others. Much gratitude!

- Maggie K.

Professionalism & speedy turnaround!

The Ward Law Group is just amazing. The day of my accident was confusing, but they walked me through all the details step-by-step and answered all my questions that day and even during the weeks thereafter. No matter the question, they had an answer. I recently used their services again for a civil matter and experienced the same professionalism and speedy turnaround.

-Victor M.

Secured over $100K for my car accident!

I want to thank The Ward Law Group for their excellent treatment, including my accident lawyer Jany Martinez Ward and her work team. Cindy, Lucy, Karen, and Amalia were all there for me when I needed it the most. They fought for me and were able to secure me $100,000 for my automotive accident. I am eternally grateful for the work that they did – 5 Stars! THANK YOU, Ward Law Group!

- Kevin R.

Effortless for me!

Such a great experience. The entire process from beginning to end was almost effortless for me, the client. They handled the majority of the process/legwork and kept me informed along the way. Francis handled my case and she is extremely professional and courteous as well as great at explaining the next step along the way. Would recommend to anyone. Thank you Jany Martinez Ward! So pleased with my outcome.

-Kathy G.

What a success story!

What a success story! The Ward Law Group was so professional and informative with details. At the end of my case, I was very satisfied with the process and my results. Gregory and Jany were very sweet and personable. They made me feel comfortable which is very important due to me being in a major car accident while pregnant. I highly, highly recommend them! Thank you, WARD LAW!

- Pamelha M.

VERY good compensation; very professional!

I got into an accident at the beginning of the year. I was hit by a truck from the rear side. I called The Ward Law Group the next day and came to their office. They treated me with the most utmost respect and were very professional. They made everything easy and helpful. At the end, I received a VERY good compensation. I am very happy with their services and highly recommend them to anyone involved in any type of motor vehicle accident. Thank you to the accident attorney Jany Martinez-Ward!

- Franklin A.

Angels waiting to help those in need!

This law firm is the best you can find. Service is amazing. They are always available. Super attentive and ready to do anything in their power to achieve the objectives that will be needed to obtain success. Don’t hesitate to call this firm if you are ever in a situation involving a personal injury. We won our trial thanks to Jany and Greg Ward. You can’t get a better firm than them for this type of service. They are truly angels waiting to help those in need.

-Mariana R.

Greeted me like I was family!

I want to thank accident attorney Jany Martinez-Ward. The whole process was amazing. My car was a total loss and they helped me with that process. When it was time to pick up my check, I went to the beautiful office they have in Miami Lakes. The receptionist greeted me like I was family. I love how they offered me some Cuban coffee – MY FAVORITE! I am extremely happy with my results. Amazing, professional team at Ward Law. I recommend this firm to anyone who is involved in a car accident.

- Jacqueline A.

Amazing, fast, & effective!

The Ward Law Group is amazing, fast, and very effective. I was in a car accident this year and they really helped me out. I had the pleasure of meeting Jany Martinez-Ward who was my attorney. She is awesome. I also worked with Karen and Lucy and they are two of the nicest ladies I have ever met. They took really good care of me. I recommend this law firm to anyone who really needs help.

- Steve W.

Impeccable guidance!

I am very pleased with the service at Ward Law. From beginning to end, their friendliness, availability, walkthrough, and council has been impeccable. I needed guidance and here I found an efficient guide. Thanks again.

-Miguel M.

The best all around!

I want to thank the Ward Law Group for such a positive experience handling my case! Amalia, Karen, and Lucy went above and beyond, always keeping me up-to-date on my case and getting back to me as fast as they could with any questions I had. Very professional, compassionate, and efficient team. I would highly recommend! Extremely satisfied with their service. Thank you again, Jany Martinez Ward and the entire team for everything. The best all around!

- Nathali H.
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