If You've Been Hurt In a Bus Accident, Count On Colin
Attorney Colin Scott helps the injured get the compensation they deserve
Buses are a common sight throughout Clark County. Every day, people in Vancouver, WA take the bus to go to work or school. Others rely on buses to visit family or attend sporting events. But one act of negligence can cause an accident that leaves many people seriously hurt. Bus accident attorney Colin Scott fights for their rights.
These accidents can be complicated. The scope of investigation may include the bus driver, the bus company, the manufacturer, the manufacturer of specific parts or components used on the bus itself, or drivers of other vehicles that may have been involved in the crash. The Scott Law Firm, PLLC knows what evidence to look for in these cases as well as other serious crashes like truck accidents.
Victims can be left with serious injuries, including broken bones and internal injuries. More serious injuries can include spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injury. The medical expenses for treating these injuries can spiral out of control in a short amount of time. And if you are left unable to work, there is less income coming in to pay your bills.
Insurance companies are supposed to help in these situations, but they are mostly concerned about protecting their bottom line and turning a profit. This requires them to pay out as little as possible when a claim is made. How do they accomplish this, you ask? They may claim another party was to blame. They may attempt to trivialize your injuries. They may even blame you for causing or contributing to what happened. Put simply, insurance companies know they have the upper hand when negotiating a settlement with someone who is not represented by an attorney.
Ready to fight for you
That's why you need a lawyer on your side who will fight for the best possible outcome in your case. Attorney Colin Scott knows the impact a crash can have on the lives of injury victims, whether it's a passenger riding the bus to work, the driver of another vehicle, or a pedestrian who has been hit. When someone is injured under these circumstances and it wasn't their fault, Colin works to improve their situation and help them recover the financial compensation they deserve.
We start each case we handle by getting the facts. Working together with our clients, Colin investigates - reviewing relevant documents, interviewing witnesses and consulting experts, if needed. He knows where to look for evidence that a driver was operating the bus recklessly or while distracted, while falling asleep at the wheel, or while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
In addition to these preliminary steps, if suit is filed, Colin can obtain access to relevant records to determine if the bus company was negligent in any way - for example, by failing to properly maintain or repair the bus. In some cases, he may also investigate manufacturers if there is evidence that a defective component or piece of equipment was a factor.
Focused, determined, driven to succeed
Every personal injury case has two components that must be proven: liability and damages. Once the initial investigation has been performed and there are sufficient facts to prove liability (who is responsible for causing the bus accident), our focus turns to proving damages.
When you meet with Colin, he will ask questions to determine the total amount of damages you have suffered (monetary losses to which you are legally entitled) from the crash. This typically involves obtaining and reviewing all medical expenses related to your injury - both current and future. It can also include obtaining evidence that establishes you lost wages as a result of the crash. Depending on the facts in each case, other damages available to our clients include disability, loss of enjoyment of life, and pain and suffering.
Regardless of the situation you are facing, our firm strives to build the strongest case possible. When successful, this often gets the attention of insurance companies and convinces them it is in their best interests to negotiate a settlement. But any resolution of your case has to be one that meets your needs. If the insurance company won't do what's right, Colin can fight for you in court.
If you were injured in a bus accident, learn more about how we can help. Call 360-718-3640 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. Attorney Colin Scott can review the details of your case and answer your questions. There is no obligation and no commitment.