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Filing a Claim Against a Bus Company After an Accident

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Bus accidents do not occur all that often, but when they do, the results are often catastrophic. Due to the massive size and weight advantage that buses have over other vehicles, as well as minimal or missing passenger safety restraints, a collision can cause incredible devastation and severe injury to all involved, if not death. Regardless of whether the bus involved is a conventional carrier or a curbside carrier which makes frequent stops, parties who are injured in bus accidents often have grounds to sue the bus company for their resulting losses. But when exactly can bus companies be held liable for collisions?

Generally speaking, a bus company’s level of liability will depend on the factors that caused the collision. Like most other personal injury cases, bus accident claims concern the legal concept of negligence. If it can be proven that the bus company or its driver acted in a negligent or careless manner, then the injured parties can file a suit against the company in pursuit of monetary damages.

Common forms of bus driver negligence include:

  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Driving while distracted
  • Driving while drowsy
  • Driving at unsafe speeds
  • Changing lanes without checking blind spots

Nearly any party who is injured in a bus accident may be able to file a claim against the bus company, including bus passengers, occupants of other cars, pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, and road workers. Likewise, the close family members of individuals killed in a bus accident may be able to file a wrongful death claim against the bus company. It is important to remember, however, that there are certain deadlines and requirements which dictate how long injured parties have to file a claim. Since most bus companies are owned and operated by government entities, these requirements are often far more complex than a typical insurance claim. For this reason, it is important you consult with a knowledgeable attorney to determine the most appropriate course of action.

Injured? Get in Touch with the Law Offices of Caroline J. Nasseri

At the Law Offices of Caroline J. Nasseri, our San Jose bus accident attorneys have been fighting for the rights of injured clients for more than 25 years. With millions of dollars recovered in verdicts and settlements and countless positive client testimonials, our advocates have what it takes to help you move forward and maximize your financial recovery.

Call (408) 912-2217 today to take the first step towards pursuing compensation.