When a person gets on a bus, they are generally hoping only to get from point a to point b. Whether it is a city bus, Greyhound bus, or a school bus, most people never really think about what would happen if they were involved in a bus accident. Keep reading to find out how these cases are handled differently than car accident cases, and then contact Law Offices of Patrick S. Aguirre at 800-572-1252 for a free legal consultation.
Bus Companies Are Held to Higher Standards Than Private Citizens Are
One thing to know is that if you are injured on a public bus, the bus company has a much higher duty of care compared to someone who is driving their own car. This is due to the Common Carrier Rule. While this rule also applies to private bus companies, a private bus company is not held to the same high standards – though the standards are still more than the public would be held to.
The Time You Have to File a Personal Injury Claim is Often Different in Bus Cases Than Car Accidents
While not all bus accidents involve city or state buses, many of them do. Any time the government is the defendant in a personal injury lawsuit in California, the victim has just six months to file their claim. Compare this to a case in which another person is the defendant, and the victim has two years to file their claim. If your case involves the government, we urge you to contact us as soon as possible.
What to Do if You Are Injured in a Bus Accident
In the event that you are injured in a bus accident, the first step is to get medical care. Once you have been seen by a doctor and released, you can begin to look for ways to hold the at-fault party accountable and to recover compensation for your damages. The first step of this process is to determine who was at fault.
It could be that the driver of the bus made an error or acted recklessly and caused the crash, or another driver involved in the accident might be at fault. It could also be that the bus company did not regularly maintain their vehicles and, therefore, they are at fault. Further, it could be that the manufacturer of the bus created and sold a faulty bus, making them partially or entirely responsible for the accident.
The key at this step is to contact Law Offices of Patrick S. Aguirre at 800-572-1252 for a consultation. We can determine the facts around your case and help you understand who can be best be held accountable. Call us now so we can get to work.