If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in an accident involving a bus owned or operated by a governmental agency—whether a city, county, state, or federal agency—the extent of your rights to hold the government responsible depends on whether or not you were a passenger. If you were a passenger or getting on or off the bus, the bus is considered to be a “common carrier.” As a common carrier, the bus driver owes you the highest degree of safe passage and is liable to you for even the slightest carelessness.
On the other hand, if you were not already a passenger, nor intending to board the bus, but were injured by the bus, you can still sue but you are required to prove a higher standard of care than an injured passenger. In these situations, you must prove that the driver of the bus was negligent and failed to use the appropriate amount of care to prevent the accident. Given the complexity of these differences, it is advised that you seek the help of an experienced attorney after an incident in which you are injured because of a bus.
Common Bus Related Injuries Include:
- The bus starts moving before you are safely on or off it, causing you to fall to the ground and suffer injuries or even be run over by the back wheels of the bus or a passing vehicle, suffering catastrophic injuries such as breaking your limbs or your back, or causing you to hit your head and suffer traumatic brain injuries, or causing serious internal injuries.
- The bus makes a sudden violent start, stop, or jerk that causes you to lose your balance and fall to the floor or be thrown from your seat and suffer injuries.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in a bus accident, contact The Accident Guys for a free consultation immediately. You need to be aware that it is particularly necessary to act quickly when you have been injured by a government owned or operated bus, as you must file a “claim for damages” with the appropriate governmental agency within six months of the accident or your claim may be lost forever.