What are the most common causes of Bus Accidents?Common Causes of a Bus Accident included the following
- Negligent Driving by Bus operator
- Failure to follow bus safety guidelines
- Driving Under the Influence
- Maintenance crew negligence
- Defective Bus Manufacturing
What the Statute of Limitations for a Bus Accident Claim?The Statute of limitations for an auto accident claim in the state of California is two years. However claims against public bus operators must be filed with the agency in question within 6 months from the date of the accident. Although failure to file a claim within the statutory period could result in barring your claim, there are certain exceptions. Although the statutory period begins to run on the date of the accident, exceptions will be made in situations where the injured party was mentally incompetent or incapable of filing a claim. Furthermore, the statutory period is extended for minors under the age of 18. The minor has until their eighteenth birthday, plus the statutory period of 2 years to file the suit lastly, the statutory period may be extended where an injury is unknown, but is later discovered. Additionally, Car Accident claims against public agency, the claim must be made within 180 days from the date of the car accident. Also, the car accident claim must first be filed and denied before a lawsuit can be commenced.
I was hit by a bus while walking. What are my rights as a pedestrian that was struck by a bus?As a pedestrian you have a right to claim any injuries you have suffered as a result of the negligence of intentional conduct of another. This included the bus driver, Operations Company, city transit and public transportation agency, bus manufacturers and their respective insurance companies.
What Should I do at the scene of a Bus Accident?
- Immediately Seek medical treatment. Even if you believe you only suffered minor injuries you should seek out a medical professional since there may be injuries that will only surface after a medical exam.
- Collect Information: Once danger has cleared up you should ask for the names, addresses, telephone numbers, drivers license numbers and insurance information of the other driver.
- Call your local law enforcement/police and request a filing of a police report. As for a copy of the accident report. Hold on to the report for future legal purposes.
- Contact a bus accident law firm immediately following a motorcycle accident at (855) 385-2529 for a free consultation.
Learn more about your options for compensation by calling (213) 389-3765.