Bus accident injury claims entails differing rules and regulations than accidents involving other types of motor vehicles. Below is helpful information for individuals which have suffered injuries resulting from bus accidents and seek recovery for damages incurred.

Bus Crash Injury Lawsuit - Attorney Representation1. Seek Medical Attention and Collect All Your Medical Bills – Your health and safety is of utmost importance. If injured seek medical attention. Unfortunately many of us do not have the right medical insurance and are not able to seek the medical attention necessary to fully heal. In those circumstances injured victims should seek an attorney consultation. Attorneys have relationships with medical doctors including specialists in the field trauma that provide medical assistance on a lien basis. Under a medical lien patients pay no upfront medical costs; payment for medical expenses will only be paid if and when there is a settlement of your case.

2. Gather Evidence Regarding the Accident – Evidence showing the bus driver or any other at fault parties can often prove to be a substantial factor in winning your case. If possible gather as much evidence of the accident as possible including pictures of the damage sustained, the conditions of the roadway at the time of the accident and retrieve the police report if one was filed.

3. Pay Close Attention to Deadlines for Filing Your Claim – Lawsuits Must be Filed Within the Time Limit: Under Common law individuals seeking recovery for damages must file a lawsuit within the statutorily allotted time period. Failure to do so will eliminate their right to recovery under the law.

  • Statute of Limitations for Filing A Claim Against a Government Agency (Public Entity): A claim must be filed with the government agency in question within 6 months from the date of the accident. However if the government agency denies your claim you have two years from the date of the accident to file a claim in civil court. Examples of public bus lines include, city ans state owned and operated bus lines and school buses.
  • Statute of Limitations for Claims against Private Non-governmental bus companies: Victims of bus accidents cause by private (non-public) entities have two years from the date of the injury to file a claim. Private buses include grey hound buses, charter buses, casino bus lines, and tour buses.
  • Be Aware of Bus Operator Claim Tricks: Bus line operator often attempt top drag out the negotiation of settlement process until the statute of limitations on your case has run out. Once this happens bus operators simply deny your claim leaving you with holding the bag with no legal recourse to seek justices. Don’t let this happen to you.

4. Consult with An Attorney Before You Accept A Claim: Most bus accident claims filed by a victims who are not represented by an attorney will be either rejected or low-balled. This is because bus operators know that you have no bargaining power against them. They believe that since you have not hired an attorney you will not file a lawsuit against them. In the vast majority of cases legal representation will greatly increases the settlement of verdict amount of a case.

Questions to Ask Your Attorney: Below are some important questions one should ask their attorney during an initial consultation.

  • How Much Doe Is Cost to Hire Your law Firm to Represent Me
  • What the Value of My Case
  • How Long Will the Legal Process Take
  • What if I was Partially At Fault

Free Attorney Consultation: Our Law Firm represents victims injured in bus accident across the state of California. If you need to speak with an attorney regarding your claim contact our law office toll free (855)385-2529. All initial legal consultations are completely confidential and free of charge.

More Information:

Statute of Limitations for Filing a Bus Accident Claim

Tour Bus Accidents