Buses are a popular method of public transportation—yet they lack safety features required on consumer vehicles, like seat belts or airbags. As a result, bus accidents result in devastating injuries. When bus passengers are involved in a bus accident, they can suffer severe and even fatal injuries. As a result, victims face a mountain of medical expenses, forcing them to avoid treatment, go into debt, or even declare bankruptcy.
Filing a personal injury claim against the party responsible for the bus accident can assist with the recovery of medical expenses and other damages. Learn how below.
Who Is Liable for a Bus Accident?
Unlike car accidents, it can be difficult to determine who is liable for a bus accident. The party liable is usually determined by analyzing the accident. Unfortunately, it's often the insurer or well-funded defendants who provide accident analysis, meaning the analysis is done by the people who want you to have as little as possible following an accident.
Privately-Owned Bus Accident
Filing a claim against a privately-owned bus company is more complex than filing a claim for a car accident. There are multiple entities that could be found liable for any given bus accident. Often, multiple bus companies work together to provide transportation, necessitating a thorough investigation to make sure all potential defendants are included in the case. Discovering the conduct and policies that led to your crash requires experience, resources, and relentless effort—that's why hiring a seasoned bus accident attorney is vital for your case.
Private bus companies have contingency plans and strategies in place for claimants like you. They put pressure on plaintiffs, offering low-ball offers while investigating cases to relieve themselves of responsibility. Their investigators and insurers are incentivized to keep you from getting the money you deserve. The only way to fight back effectively is to have investigators, adjusters, and expert witnesses in your corner. That's what Arnold & Itkin provides.
Government-Owned Bus Accident
Government bus accident claims are far different from private buses. For one, government entities are typically immune to lawsuits.
In many cases, it is a challenge to recover compensation for damages because it is difficult to file a claim against the government. Each state has different procedural rules for filing a claim against the government. For the most part, victims must file claims directly with the local entity responsible for operating the bus during the accident. Sometimes, multiple parties can be held responsible for contributory negligence, and if a private party is included on that list, you'll have more options at your disposal. Call us for a free review to learn what you can do.
The claim must state:
- The specific person, entity, or employee that was allegedly negligent
- A detailed description of the accident
- The victim’s name
- The case for the scope of damages the claim is for
After filing the claim, the government will review and will work with the victim to compensate for their injuries if the claim is accepted. If a bus accident victim wants to file a claim against the bus driver or government entity, he or she must file within six months after the accident. The statute of limitations is much shorter than other personal injury lawsuits—for such reasons, a claim must be filed quickly.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a bus accident, it is vital to contact a bus accident attorney as quickly as possible to file a claim against the private or government entity responsible for your loss. Arnold & Itkin is ready to assist you with your case—call (888) 490-0442 for a free review of your options.