The Best Bus Accident Lawyers in Miami Lakes, Florida

A bus accident can be devastating. After all, a typical transit bus weighs up to 44,000 pounds when carrying passengers. In contrast, a car weighs only about 3,000 pounds. All that added weight, combined with speed and unsafe road conditions, can exact significant damage to both your body and car.

A bus driver’s negligent actions, especially when injuries are involved, may entitle you to significant compensation. Of course, navigating the legal system for your personal injury case isn’t easy. Paperwork has to be filed at just the right time. Negotiating with insurance companies can be a headache. All the while, you’re dealing with painful injuries and mounting bills.

Luckily, you don’t have to fight for a settlement alone. A personal injury lawyer can take care of all the paperwork, communications, and litigation so you can focus on your recovery. And, as a result, there is a good chance you’ll receive a significantly higher settlement than trying to battle the insurance companies alone. This is money that you can use to pay medical bills, make up for lost work, and keep your family afloat during this difficult time.

The Ward Law Group knows just how hard it can be for regular people to obtain a fair settlement. This is why our firm is dedicated to helping both English and Spanish speaking individuals living in or near Miami Lakes, FL.

Personal injury law is complicated. An unknowing mistake or two can cost you thousands of dollars. Wouldn’t you rather entrust your claim to someone who has an intimate knowledge of the insurance companies and their “tricks”?

Personal Injury & Bus Accident Statistics for Miami-Dade County, Florida

Automotive technology continues to improve, making driving safer and reducing the chance of major injuries. Unfortunately, unsafe road conditions, human error, reckless driving, and being under the influence of drugs and alcohol still puts drivers, passengers, and pedestrians at risk. This is especially true in heavily populated or metropolitan areas like Miami-Dade County.

In fact, in 2017, Miami-Dade County had the highest number of total crashes in the state. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were 65,986 reported vehicle crashes involving 32,389 injuries. By comparison, Broward County—number two on the highest crash list—had only 41,337 crashes with 24,762 injuries. Broward County had a 1% reduction of crashes compared to the previous year while Miami-Dade County saw crashes increase by almost 3%.

Of course, bus accidents only account for a small percentage of these crashes. Miami-Dade County, however, experienced a 7.40% increase in commercial motor vehicle (including bus) crashes from 2016 to 2017.

Heavily congested areas don’t make life easy for bus drivers. As mentioned earlier, a transit bus carries much more weight. And, let’s face it, bus drivers are prone to making errors just like us. Unfortunately, given the size and weight of their vehicle, their margin of error needs to be much smaller in order to avoid an accident.

With car and commercial vehicle accidents on the rise in Miami-Dade County, you need to know what to do if you are injured in a bus accident. Contacting The Ward Law Group may be a necessary step for sorting out the facts and filing your claim properly.

Types of Bus Accident Injuries

We’ve all seen those huge buses on the roads and highways. A pedestrian or small car is no match for the size of a transit bus. A person involved in a bus accident can sustain very serious injuries or even death. These injuries can keep you from work or leave you permanently disabled. As a result, your life becomes turned completely upside down.

Common Injuries Associated with Bus Accidents

If you survive a bus accident, then consider yourself lucky. Of course, you may be dealing with significant injuries including:

  • Broken Bones
  • Whiplash or neck problems
  • Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI)
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
  • Bulging or ruptured intervertebral discs
  • Internal bleeding or organ damage
  • Nerve damage and paralysis
  • Muscle damage
  • Broken ribs
  • Burns and abrasions

These are all serious injuries that can affect your life well into the future. While you worked hard to establish your life, raise a family, and earn a living, everything changed in a fraction of a second. When you suffer an injury from a bus accident that wasn’t your fault, The Ward Law Group can help you recover expenses and secure compensation for your pain and suffering.

Florida Law & Auto Accident Compensation

Florida law is different than many other states. It has a “no-fault” car accident policy. What does this mean for you? If you are involved in an accident involving injuries, you will have to file a claim with your insurance policy under your personal injury protection (PIP) coverage. Unfortunately, your PIP only covers a specific dollar amount—and that’s after you pay your deductible.

The “no-fault” law doesn’t apply to damage to your car. If your vehicle is damaged, then you can file a claim with the other driver’s insurance.

But what if you have significant or permanent injuries? If your PIP coverage isn’t enough to pay for medical bills and other expenses related to a bus accident, then you can sue the other party for damages. Of course, this can be a tricky process. Florida is a “pure comparative negligence state.” This means, if the case goes to trial, then a judge or jury will take all this information into account and calculate the percentages of fault for each driver. For example, if you are seeking $5,000 for medical bills, but you were found to be 20% at fault, then you will only receive $4,000.

This is exactly why you need an experienced personal injury lawyer to review your case and determine how to secure appropriate compensation. A lawyer may find aspects of your claim that you accidentally overlooked. After all, the bus company and manufacturer may also be to blame because of faulty equipment, failure to maintain the bus, and inadequate policies or safety procedures.

Why Choose The Ward Law Group for Your Personal Injury Claim?

Gregory Ward used to work for the insurance companies. He saw how deserving families suffered because of the greed of insurance companies. He knew that this was wrong. After all, families affected by a serious car or bus accident need the money more than insurance companies that are already raking in record profits. This is why he started The Ward Law Group.

When you call The Ward Law Group, you will have an ally throughout your claims process. The Wards will investigate your case and determine how to obtain compensation to pay for your injuries, property damage, pain and suffering, lost wages, and loss of earning capacity. The Wards will work tirelessly to secure your family’s future, allowing you to focus on recovering from your injuries.

Maximizing Your Claim: Immediate Steps to Take After a Bus Accident

A bus accident is a seriously traumatic event. Your health and safety should be your number one concern. If you are injured, then seek medical help immediately. Even if you aren’t experiencing pain or other symptoms, it is best to get checked out by your doctor as soon as possible. Some injuries don’t start to exhibit symptoms until days or weeks after an accident occurs. Also, reports from a doctor are necessary pieces of information when filing a successful claim.

If possible, have someone take pictures of the scene and request the contact information of any witnesses. The more evidence you collect, the better your chances of securing a successful claim.

When your injury results from someone else’s negligence, don’t accept a quick (often lowball) settlement from the insurance companies. Consult with a personal injury lawyer. An attorney can get the claims process started, allowing you to relax. After all, who wants to deal with complicated paperwork and long hours on the phone (usually on hold) while struggling with pain and health issues?

How The Ward Group Can Help

Insurance companies make their money by paying the least amount of money possible for a claim. They may choose to immediately deny your claim, ignore your correspondence, and starve you out of compensation until you settle for less. Spanish-speaking individuals involved in a bus accident may be more vulnerable to getting short-changed by the insurance companies. After all, even those fluent in English have a hard time understanding the claims process. Insurance companies know this and you can believe that they use it to their advantage.

The Ward Law Group will make sure that this won’t happen to you. The Wards have extensive knowledge of Florida laws and the tricks that insurance companies use to diminish your settlement. With both English and Spanish speaking attorneys, The Ward Law Group helps residents of Miami Lakes work through tough times and still come out on top.

The law limits the amount of time that you have to file a personal injury claim. In Florida, you have four years to file from the date of your bus accident. Don’t hesitate to get the help you need. Calling 855-DOLOR-55 (855-365-6755) will start the process of securing your family’s future!

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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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