What Happens After A Publicly Operated Bus Accident?

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A Cardinal Coach Line bus carrying mostly senior citizens to a casino in Texas crashed and overturned recently, killing three and injuring 44 people. An investigation found that the driver failed to maintain his lane and caused the accident.

This bus crash is just one example of how a large vehicle can cause serious injuries. Catastrophic injuries can last a lifetime and be accompanied by medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. When such an unwanted event occurs, the victims deserve to be compensated for their losses. Most buses are operated by government entities, such as school districts or public transportation bureaus and you may need to sue those entities. And, even if the accident was a direct result of the driver’s error, the companies or entities in charge of employing the driver and operating the vehicle may also be liable.

Under Texas law, bus companies and their drivers are held to a high standard of safety because they are common carriers who transport passengers. If the bus’s insurance company denies your claim for damages, you need to file a notice of claim with the government entity that mal also be potentially liable. Requirements vary from state to state, but your claim usually must include:

  • A statement that you are making a claim against a public body, officer or employee
  • The time, place and circumstances of the accident or reason for the claim
  • The name and address of the person making the claim

Each state has a statute of limitations for filing an injury claim, and missing the deadline can legally ban you from receiving any damages. Time limits may be different if you are filing the claim on behalf of a loved one wrongfully killed in an accident.

Posted in Catastrophic Injuries