How Do You Claim Injuries For A Bus Accident

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Written by Jimmy Rustling

Anytime you are in a vehicle, whether you are driving yourself or you are letting someone else drive, there are inherent risks. Due to the size of buses and the fact that they house several passengers, when there is an accident, the damage can be extensive. If you are injured in a bus accident, there are different steps to follow than if you are in a regular vehicle accident. If you want to seek damages because of a bus accident, the following steps are necessary.

  1. Make sure to seek medical attention and keep track of bills

Even if you think that you are only shaken from an accident, you should seek medical care when it is offered. Many types of accident-related injuries don’t surface immediately. There are specific injuries that may take a while to show.

If you aren’t evaluated by a medical professional, then you might not be able to show causation, which would negate your ability to recover for any damages and injuries. Even if you are worried about the expense of seeking medical care or think that you are okay, it is imperative that you get an evaluation. Otherwise, the long-term consequences of your injuries could go unpaid for.

  1. Compile evidence about the case

Since a bus has more eyewitnesses than other types of auto accidents, it is important that all passengers document and combine their experience for investigators. A compilation of what everyone saw will lend credibility to a bus accident-related personal injury case. When possible, make sure to gather information on your own, including pictures, a police report, and make note of any other suspicious things that might have contributed to the accident.

  1. Be aware of statute of limitation rules and deadlines

Bus accidents must be filed within a specified timeframe. If you don’t meet the deadline, your claim can be denied. If you want to ensure that you are fairly compensated, you should make a claim immediately after the accident to ensure that you don’t miss the deadline and are left with no recourse. Below is a list of the statute of limitations for filing a claim in a bus accident:

Statute of limitation for filing against a government-owned bus

A file must be claimed against a government-owned  bus within six months of the accident. If the government denies your claim, you have two years from the time of the accident to file a claim in a civil court to recover damages. An example of a government-owned bus would be any city- or state-run buses or school buses.

Statute of limitations for non-government private bus companies

If you are the victim in a non-government-operated bus accident, then you have two years from the time of the accident to file a claim. Private buses include charter buses, tour buses, and Greyhound buses.

The bus operator claim trick

Many bus operators will try to run out the time on your claim by dragging out a settlement. Once the time limit is up, if a settlement has not been reached and you haven’t filed a civil suit, then it could leave you high and dry.

  1. Consult a personal injury attorney

Before you accept any settlement with a bus company, whether it is government- or privately-owned, it is imperative that you seek the advice of a bus accident attorney who specializes in these accidents. Since a bus accident is different from other types of auto accidents, finding someone who is on your side is the best way to protect your interests. Having an attorney in your corner will ensure that your time doesn’t run out and that you have the proper documentation to present your case and win.

Make sure to seek medical care before you accept any settlement. Since there are long-standing injuries that might not surface until later, it is imperative that you have someone who knows how to calculate what is owed and can walk you through the process of making a personal injury claim.


About the author

Jimmy Rustling

Born at an early age, Jimmy Rustling has found solace and comfort knowing that his humble actions have made this multiverse a better place for every man, woman and child ever known to exist. Dr. Jimmy Rustling has won many awards for excellence in writing including fourteen Peabody awards and a handful of Pulitzer Prizes. When Jimmies are not being Rustled the kind Dr. enjoys being an amazing husband to his beautiful, soulmate; Anastasia, a Russian mail order bride of almost 2 months. Dr. Rustling also spends 12-15 hours each day teaching their adopted 8-year-old Syrian refugee daughter how to read and write.

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