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PSTA Accidents

The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, better known as PTSA, has been providing public transportation across the St Petersburg area and Pinellas County since 1984. It controls over 40 bus routes, with 14.5 million annual passengers. The low costs and simple method of commuting via its buses have resulted in growing popularity throughout the greater St. Petersburg area.

Accidents still occur on public transport, however, due to careless and hurried drivers, traffic errors and distracted car drivers. PSTA accidents can result in severe personal injuries, highly damaged vehicles and large numbers of victims in one single auto accident.

Like any auto accident, the help of a Personal Injury Lawyer can help recover the damages a victim has suffered, due to their thorough knowledge and experience.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) Bus accident, then you may be able to seek compensation. Even if injuries are minor, then missed wages or psychological trauma are just a couple of the reasons why you may be entitled to compensation. A PSTA Personal Injury Attorney can help you with every step of the process, providing guidance and hope during this difficult period in your life.

St Petersburg PSTA Accident Attorney

PSTA Personal Injury Attorneys to help you

Sean McQuaid and Jonathon Douglas can provide you with the service and knowledge you require. As partners at the St Petersburg law group, Battaglia Ross Dicus & McQuaid P.A, they are recognized as premiere lawyers in Personal Injury Law.

Battaglia Ross Dicus & McQuaid, P.A is renowned as one of West Florida’s oldest and most respected law firms, with over 60 years of successful legal assistance to the Tampa Bay area. Mcquaid and Douglas have worked in cases ranging from high profile televised cases to those involving bodily injuries that occur in incidents such as bus accidents.

If you need a Personal Injury Attorney to help you following a PSTA accident, then you’re in the right place. Take advantage of our Free Consultation service to get started today.

How Common are Bus Accidents in Florida?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) states that hundreds of people are killed in bus accidents each year, with thousands more suffering severe and often life-changing injuries.

In Florida in 2015, 27,000 passengers were involved in bus accidents. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reports that 1,100 of those victims suffered serious injuries.

Who can be liable in a PSTA Bus Accident?

Typically in a public transport accident, the at fault party will be another driver on the road, the bus driver, a manufacturer, or PSTA itself.

For a case to be successful, your attorney must be able to prove the fault and negligence of another party. They must be able to show evidence that as a direct result of the other person’s mistakes or behavior, you suffered damages.

Common causes of bus accidents involve the negligence of bus drivers or other drivers which result in:

  • Reckless driving
  • Careless driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Violations of rules of the road
  • Intoxicated driving

Claims against Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA)

In addition to suing a negligent driver, you may be able to file a claim against PSTA. This occurs when the driver’s negligence is directly related to the bus company. For this to be applicable, the driver must have been on the job at the time of the accident and within the scope of employment by PSTA.

They may be liable for a poorly trained driver, unsafe seats and walkways or an overloaded bus.

Our experience as Personal Injury Lawyers, means we know exactly which evidence will help your case and how to use it best to bring you the compensation you rightfully deserve.

St Petersburg PSTA Accident AttorneyWhat damages can I claim?

When claiming for damages, we also factor in future costs you will need to pay. Future expenses and stresses can often get overlooked by victims who take on a Personal Injury case alone. For example, future medical bills, restricted activities of daily living, or psychological damage can all potentially be compensated.
A bus accident victim typically can claim for damages against:

  • Past, present and future medical bills and treatment
  • Lost wages
  • Lost of earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Impact on activities of daily living
  • Emotional distress
  • Mental anguish
  • Psychological harm
  • Loss of spousal support
  • Loss of consortium

How much compensation can I claim?

The value of your PTSA bus accident claim will vary depending on the specific scenario you were involved in. However as listed above, you may have more to claim than you first realize.

The ‘Statute of Limitations’ Deadline

In Florida, Auto Accidents have a deadline known as the ‘Statute of Limitations’. This time limit restricts how long you have to file a lawsuit related to the accident which forms the basis of your claim. On a typical negligence type case, you have four years from the initial accident for a personal injury lawsuit and just two years from the date of a fatality, in a wrongful death lawsuit.

If you’ve been involved in an accident, it’s understandable that you’re not feeling ready to take legal action when you want to be recovering. But waiting to take action can prove to be a mistake.

A PSTA Accident Lawyer can get to work immediately to avoid this situation.

Why hire a PSTA Bus Accident Attorney?

Legal matters for auto accidents are complicated affairs in any usual scenario; factor in the potential to have bus companies and their legal teams, however, and you’re faced with a daunting task.

It is highly advised to hire an experienced personal injury attorney, to give you the ability to recover both physically and mentally following any auto accident. Typically victims want to move on with their life and so insurance companies will exploit this, pushing victims into accepting a far lower payment than they deserve. An attorney seeks to prevent this threat. Here are some key reasons why a personal injury lawyer is crucial in a successful PSTA Accident case:

  • We make sure any evidence is preserved correctly. Evidence will typically go missing very quickly; we work against this.
  • We have the experience to know which evidence will support your case. Under Florida law, it is required that clear evidence is provided to prove negligence against any person or party.
  • The longer you wait without an attorney, the more time the insurance companies gain to devalue your claim.
  • Results show that compensation sums are considerably higher when a claim is made via a Personal Injury Attorney.
  • You will have an experienced and trusted lawyer on your side throughout. They will professionally and confidently handle all the legal work and procedures for the optimal outcome.

With St Petersburg Personal Attorneys McQuaid and Douglas, you have the opportunity to turn this difficult moment in your life, into something hopeful and manageable. Our experience and exceptional service are respected throughout the Tampa Area. Without legal representation, you could lose out on compensation which you are entitled to, contact us today.

Testimonials

I am happy to recommend Sean McQuaid to others who are looking for a car accident attorney. My family and I were injured in a car accident when visiting St. Petersburg. Mr. McQuaid was extremely knowledgeable and assisted us with every step along the way. We were very pleased with the results given the circumstances.
Chester Fun
23:06 02 Sep 19
I'm very happy that I chose Mr. McQuaid to represent me after the car accident. This was my first time dealing with this sort of problem and didn't know exactly where to start, but Mr. McQuaid stepped in and pointed me in the right direction. He set me up with all the necessary medical appointments and got the ball rolling. He handled all the paperwork and kept me updated. He is very professional and I highly advise anyone who needs a great Attorney to choose Mr. McQuaid.
Richard Drude
16:31 27 Aug 19
I love mcquaid hes been my attorney for years now. He is great with solving cases and hes good with working with his client's best interests hes a real deal big dog!!! I love them and I would refer everyone that needs a criminal or personal injury lawyer to mcquaid!!
Hynita Mitchell
13:52 26 Aug 19
I was injured in a car accident a couple of years ago. The woman who rear-ended me had minimal insurance coverage, so it was not enough to cover the costs of care I needed due to my injures. I had a severe neck injury and injured both of my TM joints. I suffered from major headaches and neck pain. Despite my treating doctors indicating that I have permanent injures, my own auto insurer refused the demand for my own underinsured motorist coverage. As a result of the denial by my insurance company, Mr. Douglas filed suit on my behalf. He and his staff were wonderful to work with. They were super responsive and walked me through the entire process. He was able to obtain a good settlement for me. I would highly recommend Mr. Douglas, and his law firm.read more
Laurel Harris
21:14 03 Aug 19
Great experience as always, Sean expedited my settlement with speed and professionalism while keeping me informed the whole time couldn't ask for anything more I highly recommend their services
Daniel Huddleson
20:02 26 Jun 19
Sean and his whole team are great! Very knowledgeable, professional, and most of all honest. This was my first time being in a situation like this and I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect. Once hired, I was at ease throughout the whole process knowing Sean was in my corner and fighting for me. Always keeping me in the loop of what was going on as well as being a straight shooter, with tons of experience and insight, allowed me to be able to make the best decisions for me and my family. Would definitely recommend!
Kevin Frye
20:32 12 May 19
Thank You Sean McQuaid, Suzanne Sanchez and Sandy Calvert for being so professional and personal. It felt like I was going to talk to a family member. You have a Top Notch Firm. My everyone be BLESSED.
Lorraine Johnsommitchell
04:33 09 May 19
My attorneys Sean McQuaid and Jonathon Douglas were always the most professional, caring, and compassionate legal team to me. They represented me impeccably because they got to know me personally, thus they were able to relay my injuries and truly speak on my behalf and all that I had been through. I would highly recommend them.
Julia Withrow
20:10 24 Mar 19
I could honestly say with confidence that this is the best law firm in Saint Petersburg! Sean and his firm work as a team to make sure they take care of you personally, and financially. They where very accommodating from the first day. They consistently kept me updated through the process and answered any questions I had either same day or the next. In addition, they where able to cut hospital and doctors bills nearly in half creating more money for my pocket. 10/10!
Mazen Khalil
15:46 12 Mar 19
I would like to thank Johnathon Douglas, Suzanne Sanchez and Sandy Calvert for their outstanding work on my recent auto accident case. I was so impressed with their attention to every detail to make sure there was the very best possible outcome in the case. They were always so quick to respond to every email containing my list of questions and recommended excellent physicians for my care. I highly recommend this firm if you ever need any type of legal assistance. They are all top notch people and wonderful to have on your side!
Laura Guest
02:47 05 Mar 19
Sean McQuaid and his paralegal Suzanne Sanchez handled my personal injury case with compassion, expertise and excellence. I was more than pleased with the outcome and couldn’t have had a more competent team! I recommend Sean and Suzanne for anyone that is looking for personal injury legal assistance. Thank you, Sean and Susanne!
Leslie Driscoll
22:43 12 Feb 19
Sean McQuaid is the best. I'm able to sleep at night anytime he's handling any one of my legal matters. He answers your questions and returns phone calls promptly (once while he was on vacation with his family). Thank you Sean.
Marilyn Lewis
23:08 31 Jan 19
Seasoned professionals capable of handling any level of business/personal endeavor to their client's satisfaction. The ONLY law firm I call or recommend. Sean McQuaid is our go-to lawyer for all of my family's needs over the past two decades - he gets results.
jay johnson
22:58 31 Jan 19
I recently was involved in a motorcycle accident and I immediately contacted Johnathan Douglas . He was very prompt and moved quikly to set up medical advisors that were able to help me. Johnathan was there every step of the way, sometimes on a daily basis. Johnathan is very passionate about his work and is second to none and is very professional. He was able to reach a settlement in my case that I was vey pleased with. I would highly recommend Johnathan to anyone that needs the best representation for your particular needs and he deserves a 5 star rating for sure. Trust me Johnathan will not disappoint.read more
Gene Maxwell
19:37 27 Jan 19
We would like to thank McQuaid & Douglas for the best possible settlement in my husband's Personal Injury case.During this difficult time Sean and Suzanne were there for us through every step of the process. Anytime we had questions or needed updates on the case they quickly responded. We highly recommend them!
Jennifer Rice
16:23 13 Dec 18
Iam very satisfied with my lawyer, Sean McQuaid. He was well informed and smart. He was also helpful and kind. I highly recommend him!
Lubna Hameed
20:13 03 Nov 18
Awesome attorney! Sean McQuaid had my charge dropped. He was on top of every detail. Great experience. Will definetly go to him in a heartbeat if I ever have any legal matters. Will recommend to family/friends.
Brittany 8189
19:58 16 Oct 18
Jonathon Douglas is an amazing attorney. There is no question that Jonathon and his team deserve a 5 star rating. They worked tirelessly to get a great result for me.
Joshua Hale
18:08 07 Sep 18
Jonathon Douglas was there for me and my family in our time of need. If you are looking for an attorney who gets results, look no further. I highly recommend Jonathon.
Bjorn Erickson
18:06 07 Sep 18
Attorney Jonathon Douglas has always been a valuable resource to all things legal for me and my family. However, legal expertise is not the only attribute that defines this lawyer. He has that additional quality of a humane perspective that isn't taught or learned, it's innate. You can find any attorney on the web or TV, but few will cut to the core of your needs as adeptly and compassionately as Jonathon.
ben boyle
15:18 05 Sep 18
I was recently in a car accident and contacted St Petersburg Personal Injury Attorney Jonathon Douglas. The very next day, he got things rolling and put me in touch with medical providers who really helped me. Jonathon was able to quickly move my case forward and reach a settlement that I was very happy with. I would recommend Jonathon Douglas to anyone and everyone.
Scott James
20:54 24 Aug 18
Definitely A five star attorney and very professional Randy M Harris
Randy Harris
20:21 29 Jul 18
If you want and need a great attorney that knows and cares, Sean McQuaid would be the person you want on your side. He shoots straight from the hip with no guessing games. Gets the job done in your favor! Thank you Mr McQuaid!
McMillan's Appliance Plus LLC
17:35 06 Jul 18
If you're looking for a excellent attorney look no further, Sean is hands down the BEST. I've used him several times he has ALWAYS exceeded my expectations. He's very well known and respected amongst the Pinellas country courts, Sean will truly go to bat for you when it matters. Most importantly he's a lawyer with honesty and integrity would HIGHLY recommend to anybody in need.
Dan Tellone
15:44 25 Jun 18
He did a great job I would use him as my lawyer in the future if needed and I would definitely recommend him to my family and friends. Thanks for everything you did for me I appreciate everything! King
Carrie King
03:19 17 Feb 18
Sean McQuaid is an amazing attorney. He has worked with me on 2 cases. Both of which I was extremely satisfied with the outcome. During the entire process, he always kept me up to date and was easy to get ahold of. If I had questions, he would always get back to me right away. He made going through a difficult time much less stressful. And for that I am truly grateful.
Alicia Liberatore
04:58 08 Dec 17
Sean McQuaid and his team where extremely professional and very forthcoming. His response time to requests is impeccable. He is fair, very compassionate and very thorough. He was very protective of myself and my care. He followed through weekly and often daily with my physicians to ensure I received the best care. Thank you, Sean for such an amazing outcome to what was a very difficult time in my life.
Jennifer Fintz
15:51 17 Nov 17
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