There are a few unique risks associated with bus accidents that you won’t find in cases involving passenger vehicles. Because buses are larger, more prone to tip-overs, have more passengers and typically do not have seat belts, there is a much wider variety of dangers that could arise when buses do get involved in crashes.
Injury claims after bus accidents also differ from claims associated with more conventional auto accidents. After a bus crash, you may need to take legal action against the bus driver, the bus company or another party, depending on the circumstances involved.
If the bus driver is at fault, the law can begin to get a bit complicated. Most buses are controlled by government agencies, and filing lawsuits against these entities is more complicated than a standard insurance claim. If the bus’s insurance provider denies your claim, you will likely need to file an injury claim with the government entity responsible for that bus.
Filing injury claim or notice of claim with government agencies
Whenever you file a claim or notice, you must clearly state the following:
- A thorough description of where and when the accident occurred and other circumstances that led to you filing the claim
- Your name and address
- The fact that you are making the claim against either a public entity or an employee, officer or agent of that public entity
Keep in mind that you have time limits in which you can file these claims, so be sure to act quickly.
For sound legal guidance after a serious bus accident in Florida, contact the experienced Manatee County personal injury lawyers at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh.