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Beaumont Bus Accident Law Firm

We Proudly Serve Victims & Their Families. Call Us to Get the Justice You Need.

At Clay Dugas and Associates, we know that your choice in attorney will be a crucial, integral part in your journey to obtaining financial compensation after a serious accident. That is why accident victims and their families throughout the Beaumont area trust us. We have earned a reputation for being the local law firm to meet the needs of our clients and we have been doing so since our firm’s inception. We have created a unique environment of genuine care, compassionate, and client service because we believe our clients deserve it.

If you or someone you love has been involved in a bus accident, speak with us today to learn how we can help.

  • Attorney Clay Dugas

    Board certified personal injury trial lawyer with an almost 40-year record of successful results.

    Everyone knows that in any profession, the most trusted practitioners are those who have earned their stripes through hard work and successful outcomes. Attorney Clay Dugas is a man who fully represents that concept in the area of personal injury law.

    After graduating from Baylor University School of Law, Attorney Clay Dugas began practicing law in 1981. Since that time, he has gone on to achieve many successes, honors, and accolades. In 1992, he earned Board Certification in Personal Injury Trial Law from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization which makes him an “expert” in his field. Our firm has subsequently handled over 200 jury trials. Many of our verdicts and settlements have broken records for Southeast Texas.

    Mr. Dugas is especially dedicated to making America’s highways safer for all drivers by doggedly going after commercial trucking companies that break the rules and endanger the public. He specializes in personal injury cases involving 18-wheeler accidents, wrongful deaths, and workplace and industrial accidents.

Your Victories Are Our Victories

Committed to Your Personal & Financial Recovery

  • COMMERCIAL VEHICLE ACCIDENT

  • REFINERY FATALITY

    PORT ARTHUR, TX

  • COMMERCIAL TRUCKING ACCIDENT

    REAR-END COLLISION

  • CHEMICAL PLANT FATALITY

    LAPORTE, TX

  • COMMERCIAL TRUCKING ACCIDENT

    18-WHEELER COLLISION WITH A CAR

  • DRILLING RIG ACCIDENT

    OIL FIELD ACCIDENT RESULTING IN DEATH.

Client Testimonials

The Opinions That Matter Most

  • “His staff was professional, courteous and treated us with a personal touch. He resolved our case quickly and we are super pleased with the outcome. I highly recommend Clay Dugas if you are in need of an attorney.”

    Former Client

  • “From the very beginning, Clay and his staff were professional, prompt, caring, sympathetic and resourceful. It took a while to finalize my case; however, through it all Clay & his staff remained exactly the same. I was extremely satisfied with my outcome.”

    Tiffany

  • “Mr. Dugas came to the hospital to open my case and talk about what happened in the moment of the accident... In the moment I needed help or had any concerns they were there for me instantly.”

    Shari

  • “Honor comes in many fashions, but it only has one meaning. It is and has been a pleasure to see it with my own eyes. I do hope you and yours will be friends with us for life. Thank You in more ways than one.”

    Industrial Burn Client

  • “We can’t begin to thank you enough for your Christmas Eve visit. In one instant, our saving goals for half the year were met... I truly don’t have the proper words other than to say thank you for allowing me to bless my children richly this year.”

    Former Client

  • “I was very grateful for the tips you gave me. Many I will now use in other parts of my life. Your staff represents you well. Even the receptionist knows me by voice.”

    Former Client

Legal Representation Beyond Expectation

Why You Should Hire Clay Dugas and Associates

  • Almost Four Decades of Trial Experience

  • Over 200 Jury Trial Cases Handled

  • More than 50 Million-Dollar Results

  • Our Clients Don't Pay Unless We Win

  • Expertise in 18-Wheeler Accidents

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Your Concerns, Answered

Common Questions

  • Questions

  • Who will be held accountable for my accident?

    Answer

    If you were injured in an accident caused by no fault of your own, or if a loved one has been wrongfully killed due to another party’s negligent or reckless behavior, then you could be eligible to file a claim and pursue financial compensation under your State’s personal injury laws. Different parties can be held responsible for an accident that resulted in injury, including individuals (like a reckless bus driver) or an entity (such as a product manufacturer).

  • What type of compensation can I recover?

    Answer

    Recoveries can come in two forms: non-economic compensation and economic compensation. Economic compensation typically refers to the following: medical bills (past and current), lost wages due to time away from work, lost earning capacity, and property damages. Non-economic compensation can refer to: emotional pain and suffering, change in lifestyle, loss of companionship, or loss of enjoyment of life. Other forms of compensation can also include punitive damages or wrongful death claims.

  • Should I accept the deal my insurance company provided?

    Answer

    You have insurance coverage for a reason: when emergencies hit, you want to know that you are covered. Unfortunately, most insurance company settlements are so pitifully low that most victims are left with additional expenses in the aftermath of an accident. We know that the last thing you want is a courtroom battle, but we can help make sure you receive the full compensation you really deserve.

  • Why do I need a lawyer?

    Answer

    Working with an attorney can help level the playing field. Simply put, our firm makes sure insurance companies don’t try to corner you into accepting a low-ball offer. We know how to investigate a case to make sure you are receiving the full amount of compensation, and then we fight hard to make sure you do not receive anything less than what you rightly deserve.

Understanding Fault & Cause in Bus Accidents

Bus accidents can be caused by all sorts of things, including fault or no-fault events. Bus accidents may be rare compared to the frequency in which auto accidents occur. When a collision with a bus does happen, however, they can be devastating.

  • Careless, Reckless Drivers
  • Improperly Trained Drivers
  • Traffic Law Violations
  • Poorly Maintained Roads
  • Drunk or Distracted Driving
  • Defective Auto Parts
  • Bus Accident Do’s and Don’ts

    Do Speak with a Lawyer

    Our firm works hard to make sure your voice is heard. We make sure liable entities or at-fault parties pay for the damages they have caused due to recklessness or negligence.

  • Bus Accident Do’s and Don’ts

    Don’t Admit Guilt

    You may feel inclined to apologize after an accident. Remember: though your intentions may have been rooted in politeness, your words can be misconstrued as an admission of fault.

  • Bus Accident Do’s and Don’ts

    Don’t Trust an Insurance Company

    You depend on insurance protection in the event of an accident. Do not think insurance companies have your best interests at heart. We help level the playing field for you.

Cover Your Bases with Our Bus Accident Checklist

9 Things You Should Do After a Bus Crash

  • Stay at the scene of the accident, but move to a safe location.

  • Make sure you and anyone else who is hurt receives necessary medical attention.

  • Contact law enforcement to report the accident.

  • Exchange information with the other driver (ex: name & insurance)

  • Talk to witnesses, if any, and write down their contact information.

  • Take pictures of the accident, including the cars, the scene, and any injuries.

  • Let your insurance company know about the accident.

  • Document and save everything regarding the accident.

  • Hire a personal injury attorney to look out for your best interests.

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