Filing a Claim for a Bus Accident
When you step onto a bus (city, tour, school, etc), you are putting trust in the driver’s ability to keep you safe and that the owner of the bus has kept up the maintenance of the bus. Especially because most buses do not require seat belts, it is crazy that we often feel secure when riding buses. But buses drive around with other cars and are at risk of being involved in an accident. In the United States, there has been a steady increase in the number of bus involved accidents. The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that in 2016, there are around 69,000 bus accidents, mainly public transportation. There are many causes of bus accidents, including a driver that is fatigued, distracted, or intoxicated, particularly a driver who was using some type of electronic device at the time of an accident.
Have you been involved in an accident? At One Law Group in Beverly Hills, our personal injury attorneys do everything possible to maximize the amount of money you can receive to help you recover and live with your injuries. Call One Law Group at (844) 626-1LAW to set up an appointment for a consultation today.
Accidents can range from low-impact fender benders to disastrous collisions, bus accidents are no exception. Injuries from bus accidents can range from whiplash-type soft tissue injuries to severe head trauma and broken bones. The injuries experienced in a bus accident can be extremely life-threatening because buses have a higher risk of tipping over and going back the seat belts, many buses don’t have safety restraints or devices. With most kinds of accidents, the procedure is pretty straightforward, even if the claim is not. You can negotiate a personal injury settlement with an insurance agency or file a personal injury lawsuit in court. Bus accidents are a little different. If the accident was caused by another driver, you are injured as a passenger and can make a third-party claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company and seek compensation from them for damages like medical expenses and income.
But it’s a different story if the bus driver was at fault. Most buses are owned and operated by government entities (school districts or public transportation authorities), which makes filing a claim a lot more complicated. The process varies from depending on the state and jurisdiction-to-jurisdiction, but you usually must file a “notice of claim” or similar paperwork with the government entity that is potentially liable for the bus accident. Filing your documentation as quickly as you can is an important step.
If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident a bus, it is important that you don’t wait to contact a personal injury lawyer! Give One Law Group in Beverly Hills to speak to one of our experienced attorneys. Our lawyers have depth knowledge of the types of injuries that can occur in traffic accidents involving buses. Injuries from traffic accidents with buses never happen at the right time, but the right time to contact one of our lawyers is now! Call (844) 626-1LAW now!