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Bus Accidents

Bus Accidents
Because of the immense size and weight of a city bus compared with a smaller vehicle, any automobile collision or pedestrian accident involving a bus is likely to result in devastating injuries or death. These catastrophic accidents often lead to lengthy periods of hospitalization and rehabilitation, and a lifelong struggle with disabilities and impairments. Attorney Robert N. Katz of Katz Wright Fleming Dodson & Mildenhall LLC helps victims of bus accidents in Atlanta and throughout Georgia obtain the compensation they need to pay for their medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other legal damages.

The size and weight of buses are two factors that increase the likelihood of a serious accident, including:

  • Restricted maneuverability
  • Need for longer reaction time
  • Need for increased stopping distance
  • Limited visibility of the bus driver
  • Obstructed views for other motorists and pedestrians
MARTA Accidents Need to be Handled Differently

Accidents involving the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) or another governmental entity must be handled differently than accidents involving charter buses or other commercial vehicles. Claims against the city, county, or state often require that notice be given to the public entity within a very short timeframe, followed by a waiting period before a civil lawsuit can be commenced. Often times, an injury victim and their family have to obtain “permission” to sue a government agency, or follow very complicated steps to seek recovery. (E.g. The Georgia Tort Claims Act) Injured passengers, motorists and pedestrians should always hire an experienced bus accident attorney who will make sure their claim is handled in a timely manner when public transit is involved.

High Duty of Care Owed to Passengers

As common carriers, buses owe a higher duty of care to their passengers than drivers of other vehicles. Bus drivers and bus companies must exercise extraordinary diligence in regard to the safety of their passengers. A bus involved in a collision with an automobile may therefore be liable to any passengers injured on the bus as well. In addition, a bus company may be liable for passengers injured in other ways, such as when the:

  • Bus stops too suddenly
  • Bus accelerates before passengers are properly seated
  • Bus stops too far from the curb, causing trip and fall of passengers boarding or exiting the bus
  • Bus takes turns too sharply, or engages in other careless or reckless driving
Get Experienced Legal Help for Your Georgia Bus Accident

Bus companies and transit authorities have a great deal of resources to expend in investigating an accident or fighting a claim. They may try to settle very quickly for a small amount if you are unrepresented, or drag out the case for as long as they can, hoping you will give up on pursuing your claim or miss the statute of limitations. The legal team at Katz Wright Fleming Dodson & Mildenhall LLC knows all of the defense tactics as well as the steps to take to make sure your claim is handled properly. We won't give up and will fight to make sure you are fairly compensated for your injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in a bus accident in Atlanta, Marietta, Jonesboro, or elsewhere in the state of Georgia or in the southeastern U.S., contact our office to speak with a compassionate and capable attorney who can help you get the care and compensation you deserve.

Client Reviews
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I was in a head-on collision last year that put me in a wheelchair with a fractured femur. I needed an attorney and my cousin recommended this firm because he had used Briant Mildenhall for his accident. I was glad I called Briant because he always did what he said he would do and kept me informed. We settled with the insurance company and I'm happy with the result. If someone I know needs an attorney, I will tell them to call Briant because he will get the job done. Michael G.
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After a head–on collision I had extremely serious injuries to my back and neck, and some internal injuries. I was airlifted to the hospital and started a huge amount of medical expenses accumulating. I hired a lawyer recommended by a friend but I was not satisfied. My cousin told me about this firm so I talked to Briant Mildenhall about handling the case. I was at ease from the get–go. Briant kept me informed all the way through, was always reassuring and did everything he said he would do. He helped us get the money we needed to get the treatment we needed. Briant was fantastic! Ronda W. (Car Accident)
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I was in a car accident that was complicated from the start. I looked on the internet and called a few different lawyers but they turned me down after they heard my story. When I called this firm Lyn Dodson asked me to talk to her in person. I met with Lyn and Rob Katz and after hearing my story they were confident I had a case. They vigorously pursued my case and over time we built a trusting relationship. Lyn even took time to help me with the traffic issues and other aspects of the case. They were always on my side and talked to me about the advantages and disadvantages of my options... Robert W. (Car Accident)
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After my car accident, I was looking for an attorney and came across the name Katz Wright Fleming Dodson & Mildenhall LLC. My intuition told me to call. I called in and Briant Mildenhall talked to me. He was very clear and honest about my options. As the case went forward, Briant and the staff at the law office always answered my questions right away. I was very confident in Briant's legal ability. He kept me informed every step of the way. I would recommend Mr. Mildenhall and the firm to anyone who needs an attorney. Antonio J. (Car Accident)
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I would recommend the law firm of Katz Wright Fleming Dodson & Mildenhall LLC. Lyn Dodson was my attorney after my auto accident. I had confidence in her legal abilities and experience. She did a very good job for me. She was always there to answer the many questions I asked. The firm is very professional. Lyn always gave you her undivided attention. The firm, especially Lyn, worked with you like a long time friend. Joe B. (Auto Accident)
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I am 100% satisfied. I called Rob the day after the accident. Everything he said that would happen did, every step of the way. He went beyond what we needed him to do. I would definitely use him again and recommend him to anyone who needs a lawyer. Steve H.
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Robert Katz isn't your average personal injury lawyer. He has specialized knowledge and experience that the others don't. Timothy W. (Trucking Accident)
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I have nothing but good and positive things to say about Rob. One of the unique things about my case was that I was involved in a bicycle accident with another biker. He took an unorthodox case between two bicycle riders and he could see the logic and liability in it. I was very happy with the result. Rodney H. (Bicycle Accident)
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We just loved him to death. He acted like he cared about us, not just our case. He kept us posted on everything. He even called us on Sundays to update us. My case involved a rear-end collision where I had herniated disks and I had had a prior back injury. Complicated as it was, we were very happy with the outcome. Kathy H. (Car accident)
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Throughout the course of my case, Mr. Katz kept me informed about its status, returned my telephone calls and was very attentive to my needs and concerns. Simply put, he cared not just about my case, but about me. Joseph B.
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I was, and still am, extremely satisfied with Rob's work and with the outcome of my case. Rob strives to be there for his clients, and I was no exception...I would happily recommend Rob to anyone who is seeking legal assistance after suffering a severe injury. Joey E.
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