Bus accidents can result in catastrophic injuries—leaving victims overwhelmed with the damages caused in the collision. It is not uncommon for bus accident victims to be confused by the process of filing a claim for their losses. Often, they are unsure what damages they can collect or what the statute of limitations is for filing a claim.
What Damages Can You Collect After A Bus Accident?
The damages you can claim after a bus accident is similar to those for a car accident.
Eligible damages include:
#1: Medical Expenses
Recovering the cost of your medical expenses is the most common claim following a bus accident. If you file a personal injury suit for damages, you may recover future and past medical expenses.
#2: Pain & Suffering
Pain and suffering is the legal term for the emotional anguish and psychological pain caused by the accident or injuries from the crash.
#3: Lost Wages & Future Lost Wages
If you had to miss work because of an accident and subsequent injuries, you are entitled to compensation for your lost wages. Lost wages or future lost wages can be recovered in most personal injury claims.
#4: Funeral & Burial Expenses
If a loved one or family member has experienced a wrongful death, you are able to file a claim to recover funeral and wrongful death expenses.
Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations, which dictates how much time you have to file a lawsuit from the day of the accident, varies from state to state. For example, in California you only have 2 years to file a lawsuit—6 months if you’re suing a government agency. In Minnesota, however, you have up to 6 years to file.
Although most states’ statutes of limitation are 2 years, it is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible after a bus accident. The more time you give an attorney to conduct an investigation, the stronger your chances of success.
Contact a bus accident attorney from Arnold & Itkin today by giving us a call at (888) 490-0442. We will be able to evaluate your case for free and answer all any questions you may have.