If you have been involved in a bus accident, you could be entitled to compensation directly from the owner of the bus. This is true whether it is operated by a private company or a public entity. Note that the process is different if it is a government-owned or operated vehicle.
If your claim is successful, you could recover monetary damages related to your injuries. While, as noted, there are unique challenges that come with suing a state, local, or federal government, the right bus accident attorney can help you pursue compensation for your damages.
Filing a lawsuit against a private bus company
In many ways, pursuing a personal injury claim against a bus company is similar to other negligence claims. The critical difference is whether you were a passenger on the bus or an occupant of another vehicle.
Suppose you were struck by a bus while driving. In that case, you may recover compensation with a personal injury lawsuit by establishing the bus driver as negligent—usually by a careless, reckless, or intentional act. In addition to the driver, you could pursue a claim against the bus company as well– if the driver was operating under the scope of their employment at the time of the crash. The same is true if the bus company was negligent in training or hiring a driver.
If you were injured as a passenger on the bus, the bus company has a higher duty to protect you from harm. This is because they are a common carrier– a company that transports individuals for a fee. Establishing this case can be easier with a lower burden of proof.
Pursuing a claim against the government
There is an added layer of complexity in bringing a bus accident claim against a local government. You must provide written notice of your claim to the entity that owns the bus. This notice requirement varies from one city to another. Typically, this period is a matter of days or weeks and is always much shorter than the statute of limitations.
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The dedicated Dallas personal injury attorneys of Angel Reyes & Associates understand the complexity of pursuing a bus accident claim. Contact our office right away to schedule your free consultation.