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Alexandria, VA Bus Accident Attorney

Experienced in Representing the Injured in Bus Accidents

Representing people seriously hurt or the families of those killed in bus accidents present their own set of unique challenges, requiring experience in such cases to successfully obtain the full and fair compensation the law permits. Such accidents can involve injuries to passengers on the bus, occupants of other vehicles involved in the crash, or pedestrians struck by a bus.

Common issues that must be addressed in these cases include:

  • Establishing the owner and operator of the bus
  • Determining the cause and fault of the crash
  • Identifying sources and the amount of applicable liability coverage and insurance coverage
  • Familiarity and knowledge of the higher level of care owed by common carriers such as bus drivers and operators to their passengers
  • Understanding and experience with the regulations and requirements concerning training, licensing, and hour limits on drivers.

Federal regulations apply to motorcoach companies that engage in interstate commerce which generally occurs when a passenger is transported across state boundaries. Interstate motorcoach companies are required to obtain both USDOT registration and operating authority registration from the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) before transporting passengers for compensation.

Federal law also regulates the number of hours a driver can work within a given period of time. Determining an hours violation, which can be a cause of a serious bus crash due to driver fatigue, requires knowing what records a driver is required to maintain (i.e. driver’s log), as well as experience using the tools of discovery to obtain toll receipts, fuel, and food receipts, to help pinpoint the driver’s location at the times at issue.

Virginia state law also applies to buses. A Charter bus is defined by the Virginia Department of Motor vehicles as a vehicle manufactured with a minimum seating capacity of 32 passengers or more, excluding the driver. If the motor carrier is used for Interstate Commerce, the vehicle is required to have a USDOT Number. Virginia law requires that operators of a motor-coaches provide no less than $5,000,000 in bodily injury coverage.

The Washington metropolitan area and Northern Virginia are popular tourist destinations attracting tour bus operators and drivers from across the country, issues involving jurisdiction often have to be addressed and resolved, again, requiring lawyers, such as Curcio Law who are familiar and comfortable with such issues.

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Thomas J. Curcio
Founder

Tom Curcio, the driving force behind Curcio Law, is a dedicated trial lawyer with more than 35 years of experience in Northern Virginia. He has dedicated his career to representing people who have been seriously injured through no fault of their own. He works tirelessly to obtain the compensation his clients are legally entitled to…

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Rakin Hamad
Associate

Rakin Hamad is a graduate of the George Mason Law School and joined Curcio Law as an associate in August 2018. Rakin works closely with Tom Curcio and staff in preparing cases from the initial client meeting through trial and has been a perfect fit for the firm. During law school, Rakin interned at the…

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Justin Curcio
Associate

Justin Curcio received his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law in 2015, where he was awarded an academic scholarship. During law school, he worked for the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office and the law firm of Bartlett, McDonough & Monaghan, LLP. Justin also spent a semester studying law at the University of Glasgow…

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Kathy McAfee
Office Manager

As the firm’s office manager, Kathy McAfee is dedicated to making sure the office runs smoothly and that the team has what it needs by way of resources, technology, and supplies to best serve our clients. Kathy graduated with a B.A. in Sociology from Roanoke College in 1986 and afterward, returned to Alexandria. She began…

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Riann Winget
Legal Assistant/Receptionist

Riann Winget, a native Texan, graduated with a BA in Psychology and a Minor in Legal Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 2017. She was a member of the varsity soccer team, Chi Omega Sorority, and was on the university board for Big Brothers Big Sisters. After graduation, she joined AmeriCorps and taught preschool…

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    I worked with Rakin on my injury case and he was so helpful! He was able to walk me through the process, step by step, since I’ve never been through this before and explained to me what he was going to do, as well as the process. He was very respon...

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    Beaumont Gassama

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    My mother had a major accident a year ago. Mr Curcio’s team was great to work with, making the aftermath a lot easier to deal with. Julia kept organized records of all her doctor visits and kept us updated. We highly recommend Mr Curcio and his tea...

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    Ariana Armaani

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    I worked with Rakin Hamad following a car accident last year and both he and his team were responsive, helpful, and knowledgeable. He was always up front with the process, what to expect, and how everything works. I was never surprised, caught off-gu...

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    Ryann Perriello

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    When I had a major car accident a few years ago, Tom and his team worked diligently to ensure I had proper representation. They explained how the process would work and were very cordial and detailed throughout the entire process from beginning to en...

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    Annie Miao

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    I am so impressed with the professionalism and knowledge when I sought out legal advice from Justin. He responded to me quickly, listened to my concerns and throughly answered my questions, which put me at ease. I am very appreciative of his support...

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Settlements & Verdicts
  • "$213,000.00 Jury Verdict, Auto Accident, Hand injury"

  • "$1,500,000.00, Auto Accident, Wrongful Death"

  • "$100,000.00, Auto Accident, Broken Leg"

  • "$493,000.00, Auto Accident, Brain injury, broken rib, facial lacerations"

  • "$190,000.00, Auto Accident, Brain injury"

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