If you sit back and do nothing then it may be hard to get a fair recovery after a TARC bus crash. TARC is unlikely to simply write you a check for the full amount of your damages and wish you well. Instead, TARC, through its lawyers and insurers, may make it difficult for you to get a fair recovery.
But There Is a Way to Do It
In order to get a fair recovery after a TARC bus injury, you are likely going to have to show TARC and its insurance company that you mean business. They are going to have to believe that you are serious about pursuing your claim, that you know your rights, and that you are willing to fight for what is yours.
One way to do this is to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. An attorney can make sure that you:
- Understand your legal rights.
- Don’t miss any important deadlines.
- Don’t do anything to jeopardize your rights.
- Present your case to the insurance company in a way that encourages a fair settlement.
- Don’t give up your right to a fair trial if a settlement cannot be reached.
It is also important to understand some facts about TARC settlements.
TARC Has Settled Other Cases
Other people who have been hurt in TARC crashes have recovered damages prior to trial. According to news reports:
- TARC pays hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in settlements, on average.
- TARC is more likely to pay out-of-court settlements than either the TANK bus system in northern Kentucky and Cincinnati’s Metro.
Although TARC bus drivers claim they were struck by another vehicle in the majority of crashes, settlements are still sometimes paid when drivers claim to be not at fault. According to TARC executive director J. Barry Barker, settlements are often paid out after a cost-benefit analysis. If it costs more to fight a case than to settle a case, then TARC will choose to settle it.
What does this mean for your case? It means most legitimate injury cases—ones where victims have no trouble proving that serious injuries were caused in the bus accident—will be paid out. However, as a government service, all of the money used to pay TARC accident settlements comes directly from Louisville taxpayers. On average, approximately $500,000 a year in injury claims come directly out of the taxpayer’s pocket.
What to Do Now If You’ve Been Hurt
The most important thing you need to do now is have your case investigated to see how likely you are to win compensation. Simply contact us today via this website or by phone at 888-450-4456 for more information.