The Best Bus Accident Lawyers in Orlando, FL

Bus accidents can cause considerable personal and property damage. After all, a typical bus weighs about 44,000 pounds when filled to capacity. Your car, on the other hand, only weighs about 3,000 pounds. The force and impact of a bus accident can be devastating—not to mention a nightmare when it comes to filing insurance claims.

Bus accidents are often more complicated than your typical car collision. With car crashes, you exchange insurance information and start the process of filing a claim with your insurance company. What if you were a passenger on the bus and sustained significant injuries during an accident? Do you file a claim with the bus company or the vehicle that was at fault? It can be a tricky process if you try going at it alone. Couple that with painful injuries that keep you from work and enjoying time with family with friends. You may feel like securing a fair settlement is next to impossible.

You don’t need to feel this way. A personal injury lawyer can help you sift through the facts and determine who needs to be held accountable for the event that turned your life upside down. Lawyers know the complexities of the claims process. They can take care of the paperwork, communications with insurance companies, and litigation while you focus on recovering from your injuries. The result: you get the compensation you deserve for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Let the Ward Law Group Help You

The Ward Law Group is dedicated to helping those who sustain personal injuries. We want to help you successfully file a claim to recoup your losses. Since almost 1/3 of the 135 million people in Orange County, FL come from Hispanic or Latino origin, we know how important it is to provide our services to both English- and Spanish-speaking individuals. Navigating the claims process is hard enough without having to navigate the language barrier. The insurance companies may actually take advantage of individuals who can’t speak English very well. We don’t want that to happen to you—and we’ll ensure that it doesn’t.

Personal Injury & Bus Accidents Statistics for Orlando, FL

The Orlando metropolitan area has more than 2.5 million residents. In addition, according to the Orlando Sentinel, in 2016 alone, we had 68 million tourists pass through. After all, Orlando has a lot to offer tourists—Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort, Sea World, and plenty of opportunities for shopping and dining.

Given the usual congestion of a busy metropolitan area and the abundance of tourists, it’s no wonder why the streets and highways of Orlando are so dangerous. How many times have you encountered a near accident while a tourist was too busy trying to find their way instead of paying attention to road conditions? A tourist suddenly realizes that he or she missed their turn, then slams on the brakes. If you’re driving a car, you may easily advert an accident. The extra weight of busses, however, make it harder to stop quickly and to adjust to sudden hazards on the road.

Congested roads don’t make life easy for bus drivers. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Orange County had over 3,000 commercial vehicle (including bus) crashes in 2017. This was more than a 17% increase compared to the previous year. Those commercial vehicle crashes resulted in over a thousand reported injuries and 17 fatalities.

Types of Bus Accident Injuries

A bus driver is responsible for safely transporting passengers to their destination. That being said, bus drivers must follow tight schedules despite the weather, road hazards, and traffic conditions. Just like any of us, even the best bus drivers are prone to human error. Of course, when driving a large vehicle like a bus, the margin of error is much smaller.

Given the force of a bus accident, injuries are often more significant than a typical car accident.

Common Injuries Associated with Bus Accidents

Consider yourself lucky if you walk away from a bus accident with minor injuries. Many experience painful conditions and significant trauma including:

  • Whiplash or neck problems
  • Bruising and lacerations
  • Broken bones or ribs
  • Muscle damage
  • Internal bleeding or damaged organs
  • Concussions
  • Spinal cord injuries (SCI)
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Paralysis
  • Bulging or herniated intervertebral discs

In addition, psychological issues can develop as a result of a bus accident. Traumatic events can put the mind and body in a constant state of hypervigilance leading to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). One may also experience anxiety, depression, or social withdrawal as a result of injuries.

While some of these injuries heal with time and treatment, others can create lifelong debilitating conditions that prevent you from working, supporting your family, and enjoying your favorite activities.

If the negligence of a bus driver caused you significant pain and suffering, you may be entitled to a cash settlement that covers your medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. The Ward Law Group will do the legwork of navigating the claims process to ensure you get the money you need to keep your family afloat during this difficult time.

Florida Law & Auto Accident Compensation

If you’re a Florida resident, then you probably know that filing a claim is different than in many other states. Florida has “no-fault” car accident compensation laws. If you were a driver involved in a bus accident involving injuries, you need to file a claim with your auto insurance company’s personal injury protection (PIP) coverage. Your insurance company will cover a set amount of damage, depending on your individual policy.

What happens if your PIP coverage doesn’t cover all the medical bills and other expenses? Then you will need to sue the other party to recoup losses. In addition, these “no-fault” laws don’t apply to property damage. Since your car probably sustained significant damage during the bus accident, you will also need to file a claim with the bus company’s insurance.

Florida’s Law of Comparative Negligence

Settling claims can be tricky. Florida also has “pure comparative negligence” laws, meaning that a judge or jury will calculate the percentage that each party is at fault. That percentage dictates how much you receive from a claim. For example, if you are seeking $4,000 in additional damages but were found to be 25% at fault, you will only receive $3,000.

What if you were a bus passenger injured in a car accident? The claims process can be even more confusing. While you are certainly entitled to compensation for your injuries, it may not be as easy as filing a typical auto accident claim. Some bus companies have insurance policies that cover each passenger up to a certain limit. Other policies set up a pool of money which is meant to be paid out to every injured passenger.

A personal injury lawyer can help sift through the facts of a specific claim and find the best way to maximize your compensation. In addition to recovering money for medical bills and property damage, a good attorney will also help get you money for lost wages, pain and suffering, and other hardships brought on by a bus accident.

Maximizing Your Claim: Immediate Steps to Take After an Accident

A bus accident scene can be traumatic and confusing. There are probably a lot of people involved with various injuries. The first thing you want to do is make sure that you are safe. Move away from the accident scene if you can do so without causing further injury. Then request immediate medical attention for your injuries. If you are feeling any kind of pain or discomfort, don’t refuse help from emergency services.

Even if you don’t feel any pain right after an accident, get checked out by your doctor as soon as possible. Some internal injuries may not show symptoms until days or even weeks after an accident. A thorough medical examination and diagnostic testing, however, can help prove that certain injuries were caused by the bus accident. This evidence will be crucial when settling your claim.

When possible, take pictures of the accident scene and obtain any contact information (names, addresses, and phone numbers) of potential witnesses. Also, try to write down your account of what happened as soon as possible. This can include information about the bus driver’s behavior, what happened prior to the accident, and what took place during and after the accident. It’s easy to forget or incorrectly remember the facts days or weeks after an accident. A written account is a great reference to help you correctly answer questions during the claims process.

Don’t wait to get help from a personal injury attorney. The law limits the amount of time you have to file a claim. And, since claims for bus accidents can be especially tricky, you want to make sure you have an experienced professional who knows how to settle a claim successfully.

Let The Ward Law Group Help You During this Difficult Time

The Ward Law Group doesn’t want you to suffer because of others’ careless or dangerous actions. After all, you worked hard to raise and support your family. You did everything you could to be financially independent. Sadly, a bus accident took away your ability to earn a living and enjoy the life you worked so hard to create.

Why not let us take care of the complicated claims process so that you can focus on recovering from your injuries and getting your life back? Even if you speak Spanish, we will make sure you are informed and supported throughout your insurance claim. We work hard to ensure that your settlement takes away the financial burden and stress of your bad accident.

You’ve been through enough already. Don’t try dealing with the insurance company alone. Call us today, so we can start filing your claim!

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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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