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Our firm has more than 100 years of combined experience helping those who have been harmed by the wrongful acts of others.

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Everything we do, we do with the goal of excellence. Our clients' futures depend upon it. We never cut corners and we never take the easy way out, welcoming the chance to go to trial for clients when necessary.

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We believe in “liberty and justice for all.” We believe in trial by jury. We believe in our ability to help you recover.

Portland Bus Accident Lawyer

The legal team at Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC have been recognized for excellence in a number of arenas. We were voted one of the “Best Law Firms” for plaintiff personal injury representation, our attorneys are listed in Best Lawyers in America®, and invited to exclusive organizations such as the American Board of Trial Advocates and the Inner Circle of Advocates. If you or someone you love was injured in a bus accident, you can trust our law firm’s experience and skill in this field.

Taking a bus can be one of the easiest and most affordable ways to get around Portland. Depending on the bus and driver, however, it may not be one of the safest methods of travel. Every year, passengers, pedestrians and vehicle drivers suffer injuries in Portland bus accidents. Most of these collisions are preventable and happen due to negligence.

A bus accident can cause broken bones, head injuries, brain trauma, back injuries, whiplash and many other serious injuries. A crash may impact your life with expensive medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Someone may owe you compensation for your damages for causing the wreck. If you have suffered significant injuries in a recent Portland bus accident, contact the lawyers at Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC right away. We offer free consultations near you.

We have secured multiple successful verdicts for bicycle accident victims in Portland and throughout Multnomah County, including Hunter Brown vs. Greyhound: an $18M verdict for a young man who was killed when run over by a Greyhound bus.

Do You Need a Bus Accident Attorney?

The way insurance companies work means it is not always easy to obtain fair compensation for a bus accident through an insurance settlement. Insurance companies want to save money on bus accident claims, not pay the maximum amount owed to the client. You may need an attorney to represent you during insurance settlement negotiations for a fair outcome. An attorney can combat bad-faith tactics, such as a claims adjuster offering you less than your injury is worth. Your lawyer will not settle your bus accident claim for less money than you deserve, even if that means taking your case to trial in Multnomah County.

Common Types of Bus Accidents

Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC is a boutique law firm located in Portland that represents the interests of accident victims in Portland and throughout Oregon. We are prepared to handle various types of bus accident cases for wrongfully injured individuals, such as:

  • Public Transportation Accidents 

Many residents of Portland and surrounding areas use public transportation. This includes TriMet buses, Portland streetcars, MAX Light Rail, and WES Commuter Rail.

  • Charter Bus Accidents 

Charter buses are usually rented buses or tour buses. These types of buses are owned by private charter companies, as opposed to public transit agencies like those mentioned above.

  • School Bus Accidents

School buses transport elementary through high school aged students to and from the various Portland Public Schools.

Plaintiffs in bus accident cases can be bus passengers, pedestrians, or occupants of other vehicles involved in accidents with buses.

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What Causes Bus Accidents in Portland?

Almost all Portland bus accidents are preventable. They occur most often when a bus driver fails to fulfill his or her duties of care, such as by texting and driving or ignoring pedestrian rights-of-way. They can also arise due to bus company negligence, including poor bus maintenance. As personal injury lawyers, it is our mission to root out negligence in our community and create a safer city for everyone. We do this by helping injured bus accident victims identify the cause of the crash to hold the right party accountable.

Distracted driving

Drowsy driving

Driving while intoxicated

Speeding or reckless driving

Failing to yield

Red-light running

Lack of bus driver training

Poorly maintained bus

Bus part malfunctions

Defective vehicle parts

Inadequate security at bus stops

If negligence or a wanton disregard for others’ safety caused your Portland bus accident, the at-fault party may owe you financial compensation. The attorneys at Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC can review your case to help you identify the liable party. Then, if we accept you as a client, we can go up against the correct party in pursuit of compensation. We have the experience and skill to take on all types of defendants, including the City of Portland. We will do what is necessary to secure you the best possible results.

Act Quickly – Time Is Running Out

If you were injured in a bus accident in Portland, do not wait to seek advice from a personal injury attorney. Waiting too long could put you at risk of missing your statute of limitations and losing the ability to file. In Oregon, you have a maximum of two years from the date of your bus accident to file a personal injury claim, in most cases. You could have less time, however, if you were injured while riding a public bus.

A public transportation accident often involves the government as a defendant. If you are bringing a claim against the government for an accident involving a public bus, such as a TriMet bus or public school bus, you have only 180 days to file your initial claim. Missing your deadline generally means giving up your right to demand damages from the responsible party. It is critical, therefore, to contact an attorney immediately after a bus accident in Portland.

We are dedicated to pursuing justice for our clients

Choose Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC. Choose Justice.

Everyone who has been wrongly injured deserves a passionate advocate who is committed to representing their best interests. At Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC, we have three. In every case we take on, we put our clients first, selecting cases we truly believe in and believe we can win. We are experienced Portland personal injury attorneys who are prepared to go the distance in order to protect our clients’ rights.

To learn more about us, inquire about retaining our firm, or learn if you have a case, call (503) 226-6361 or fill out an online case evaluation form.

If you or a loved one were seriously injured as a result of negligence, contact us to discuss your legal options.