The experience of a bus accident shatters trust and leaves behind more than just physical injuries. The emotional and psychological toll, coupled with mounting medical bills and the fear of getting back on the road, can be overwhelming. You didn’t anticipate this detour in your life, and now you find yourself navigating a path you never expected.

At The Ruth Law Team, we’ve spent over 40 years supporting Tampa residents through moments exactly like this. We recognize your challenges and the weight of decisions looming over you.

Feeling lost or uncertain about what to do next? Our team is here to listen, guide, and be your steadfast ally during this difficult journey. Reach out to us, and let’s explore how we can bring clarity and direction to your situation. To consult with a Tampa bus accident attorney, call us at (813) 212-3765 or schedule a no-obligation case evaluation online.

To schedule a FREE consultation with an attorney to determine if you have a case, please call (813) 212-3765 or schedule an appointment online.

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Why Should You Choose The Ruth Law Team?


We have over four decades of experience representing bus accident victims in Tampa, FL, and throughout the state.


Our firm has recovered millions in damages and compensation throughout our 40+ years of representing clients.


Our firm values honest communication and open dialogue with clients, so you always feel connected and updated about the situation.

Our Bus Accident Case Results


Victim Severely Injured in Car Collision

Settlement for our client severely injured when another driver turned left in front of her causing the collision. She suffered from multiple neck herniations that requiring neck surgery to fuse three vertebrae together.

To Man’s Family After Tragic Loss Due To Motorcycle Collision With Road Debris

A 37 year-old man was riding his motorcycle on I-275 in Tampa, Florida when he struck a wood pallet causing him to be thrown up in the air before hitting… read more?

Head-On Collision with Commercial Truck

Settlement for victim injured when hit head on by commercial truck. She experienced significant injuries including compound fracture of tibia and fibula that broke through the skin requiring surgical repair.

Verdict After Tow Truck Pulls in Front Of Motorcycle

Our client suffered a number of injuries including a brain bleed and several fractures (despite wearing his helmet) after a tow truck pulled out in front of him in Manatee… read more?

Rear-End Collision Verdict

Verdict to a resolve a claim arising from a rear end collision.

Brain Injuries After Bike Accident

The insurance company tendered the policy limits for a client who survived multiple fractures and brain injuries and after a bike accident in Tarpon Springs.

Settlement for Bicyclist in Dunedin

Our firm recovered $339,000 for a bicyclist who injured his back when he was hit by a careless driver. His injuries required back surgery. The careless driver carried $100,000 in insurance limits and our client… read more?

Settlement for Bicyclist

$200,000 settlement for a gentleman who was bicycling on a city street and caught his hand/handlebar on a utility wire, causing him to sustain multiple fractures when he flipped over his bicycle.

Driver Rear Ended While Stopped in Traffic

Verdict of $275K obtained for a driver rear ended at high rate of speed while stopped in traffic for a school bus. Our client sustained significant injury to his knee, resulting in surgery as well… read more?

NOTE: Client may not obtain the same or similar results.

Common Bus Accident Injuries

While every bus accident is unique, with varying degrees of severity and outcomes, there are common injuries that passengers and pedestrians often sustain. It’s crucial to recognize these injuries and seek prompt medical attention, even if you feel okay immediately after the accident. Here’s a list of the most common injuries stemming from bus accidents:

  • Whiplash: A sudden jolt can cause the neck to snap back and forth rapidly, leading to painful muscle strains or more severe spinal issues.
  • Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI): Even without a direct blow to the head, the sheer force of a collision can shake the brain within the skull.
  • Fractures: Broken or fractured bones, especially in the arms, legs, and ribs, are common after the forceful impact of a bus collision.
  • Lacerations and Bruises: Broken glass, metal shards, or being thrown against hard surfaces can lead to cuts and contusions.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries: These can range from minor disc problems to severe injuries leading to paralysis.
  • Internal Injuries: These are especially dangerous because they’re not always immediately evident. Damage to internal organs or internal bleeding can have life-threatening consequences if not diagnosed and treated promptly.
  • Psychological Trauma: Accidents don’t just leave physical scars. Many victims experience anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or depression following traumatic events.
  • Burns: In the unfortunate event of a fire after a collision, passengers may sustain first, second, or even third-degree burns.
  • Sprains and Strains: The force of the collision, coupled with the body’s instinct to brace for impact, can result in strained or sprained muscles and ligaments.

Recognizing these common injuries and seeking immediate medical care, even if you feel fine initially, is paramount. Beyond immediate medical attention, it’s essential to consult with a trusted Tampa injury lawyer to ensure you’re well informed about your rights and next steps. Remember, The Ruth Law Team is here to help and support you every step of the way.

To schedule a FREE consultation with an attorney to determine if you have a case, please call (813) 212-3765 or schedule an appointment online.

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Potential Damages Available to Tampa Bus Accident Victims

In the aftermath of a bus accident, victims often grapple with a myriad of challenges, both immediate and long-term. The law recognizes the broad spectrum of these challenges and allows victims to seek compensation for various damages incurred due to the accident. Understanding what you might be eligible for can give you a clearer perspective on how to proceed. Here’s a list of potential compensations you might be entitled to:

  • Medical Expenses: This includes current and anticipated future bills related to hospital stays, surgeries, rehabilitation, therapy, and medication.
  • Property Damage: If personal belongings, like your car or bike, were damaged in the accident, you might be eligible for compensation covering repair or replacement costs.
  • Pain and Suffering: This compensation pertains to the physical pain and emotional distress from the accident.
  • Rehabilitation Costs: Ongoing physical therapy, counseling, or specialized care required to help you recover can be factored in.
  • Future Earnings: If the accident impacts your ability to work or pursue career advancements, you might be compensated for projected future earnings.
  • Wrongful Death: In tragic cases where the accident leads to a fatality, families can seek compensation for funeral expenses, lost potential income, and emotional distress.
  • Punitive Damages: In instances where the accident resulted from gross negligence or malicious intent, courts might award punitive damages as a form of punishment to the responsible party and as a deterrent for others.

The complexities of legal rights and compensation criteria make consulting with a knowledgeable attorney essential. The Ruth Law Team stands ready to guide you, helping you understand what you might be entitled to and ensuring you have the necessary support throughout the process.

Next Steps After a Bus Accident

Experiencing a bus accident is deeply unsettling; amid the chaos, it’s easy to feel lost or overwhelmed. However, knowing what steps to take afterward can help secure your rights and provide clarity. Here’s a guided pathway to help you navigate the aftermath of a bus accident:

  • Prioritize Safety: Before anything else, check on yourself and others for injuries. If anyone needs immediate medical attention, call 911. Remember, some injuries might not manifest symptoms immediately, so it’s wise to seek a medical evaluation even if you feel fine.
  • Document the Scene: If it’s safe, take pictures of the accident scene, the bus, other vehicles involved, your injuries, and any other relevant evidence. This can be invaluable when building your case.
  • Gather Information: Collect details from the bus driver, witnesses, and, if applicable, drivers of other vehicles involved in the accident. This includes names, contact details, bus route numbers, and license plate numbers.
  • Speak with Your Attorney: Before reaching out to any insurance company, it’s crucial to consult with a trusted accident attorney. The Ruth Law Team is here to listen and advise, ensuring your rights are protected. Insurance companies often prioritize their bottom line, but your attorney is dedicated to your best interests.
  • Keep Records: Organize and save all medical records, bills, communications related to the accident, and any other relevant documentation. This will be helpful for both your attorney and building a strong case.
  • Stay Off Social Media: Avoid discussing your accident or injuries on social media platforms. Insurance adjusters might monitor these channels to find inconsistencies or evidence that could undermine your claim.

The moments and days following a bus accident can be a whirlwind of emotions and decisions. Prioritizing your well-being and seeking the guidance of experienced professionals like The Ruth Law Team can make all the difference. We’re here to stand by your side, ensuring you’re equipped with the right information and representation every step of the way.

To schedule a FREE consultation with an attorney to determine if you have a case, please call (813) 212-3765 or schedule an appointment online.

Should I Talk to the Insurance Company?

Before engaging in detailed conversations or providing official statements with either the bus company or any insurance companies involved, we strongly recommend consulting with an attorney. Insurance companies often aim to minimize their payout, and any statement you give could be used to diminish or deny your claim. Having The Ruth Law Team at your side ensures that your rights are protected and you are guided with expert advice before communicating with any insurance entity.

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How Do I Sue a Bus Company?

A bus accident lawsuit has numerous deadlines that our team will help you with, such as notice of claim and statute of limitations.

If you’re thinking about filing a lawsuit against a bus company, contact The Ruth Law Team’s experienced personal injury attorneys for advice on your case and how we would approach it.

Can You Sue a Bus Company or Public Transportation for Negligence?

How to proceed in a lawsuit will depend on whether the bus company is privately owned or operated by a state or local government.

For example, a school bus may be owned by either a government entity or private company:

  • In the event that your accident was caused by a privately owned bus, the process will follow customary procedures for negligence(opens in a new tab)(opens in a new tab) and personal injury cases.
  • If the bus company is owned by a government agency, you may have to go through a different legal process. However, there are still special procedural requirements that you will have to follow and there might be limits on how much money you can get for your claim. You should speak to a lawyer as soon as possible.

Contact Our Tampa Bus Accident Attorneys

The Ruth Law Team brings over 40 years of steadfast commitment and legal expertise to the table, ensuring you’re not alone in this journey. When you’re ready to discuss your situation and seek guidance on the path forward, our compassionate and experienced attorneys are here to assist. Contact our Tampa bus accident attorneys at (813) 212-3765 today to discuss whether you have a case.

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Our Tampa Injury Law Offices

The Ruth Law Team has proudly served Tampa Bay residents for over four decades.

We offer free in-person and virtual consultations and are ready to serve your legal needs with compassion and dedication. As we have for more than four decades, The Ruth Law Team remains committed to fighting for justice on behalf of our clients. Reach out to us today, and let us guide you through this challenging time.

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Physical Address:
511 West Bay Street #450
Tampa, FL 33606
(813) 212-3765

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 16847
St. Petersburg, FL 33733

About The Ruth Law Team

For over 40 years, The Ruth Law Team has been helping those who were injured due to an accident, defective product, nursing home abuse, and more. If you or someone you love was wrongfully hurt, The Ruth Law Team will guide and support you through the legal process.

Our team of passionate and experienced personal injury attorneys will fight for what you deserve. If you would like to speak with one of our attorneys and have your case evaluated, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (813) 212-3765. Our lines are open 24/7.

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