When claiming injuries suffered as a result of a bus accident, the main requirement is to prove that the bus driver is guilty of negligence. City buses are classed as “common carriers,” i.e. vehicles that offer transport services to the public. Common carriers have to meet high standards of safety and duty of care. Should they fall short of any of these standards, the driver/ and or operators are guilty of negligence. The plaintiff needs to present strong proof to this effect.
The negligence that led to the accident could be the fault of the driver, but it could also be that of the bus company itself. Examples of driver negligence include reckless driving, use of alcohol, or texting or making phone calls while driving. Company negligence may manifest as forcing the driver to work longer shifts than hours-of-service regulations allow, failing to provide proper training, failing to maintain vehicles properly, or failure to vet drivers thoroughly before employing them.
Another factor to consider is the possibility of notice of claim restrictions. For most personal injury cases, the statute of limitations is generally two years. With bus accidents, plaintiffs have a far shorter period in which to file a claim – usually within 45 days after the accident.
Finally, you need to remember that there may be a limit on the damages you can claim. Especially in cases where there are several claimants involved in a single accident, there will be limits to the damages all plaintiffs can claim, which means you should file as quickly as possible.