Most vehicles hold up to 5 people – or a few more if you are in a minivan or an SUV. Buses, however, are filled with people and typically on the road for commercial purposes. As such, bus accident law differs slightly from car accident law.
If you have been injured on a bus or in a bus accident, there are some special considerations to keep in mind.
Buses Are Common Carriers
Common carriers are individuals or businesses that transport people, goods, or services for a fee – and they are regulated by special laws. If common carriers cross state lines, the Federal Government regulates them under the Interstate Commerce Act.
Additionally, common carriers have a legal responsibility to demonstrate a higher duty of care. Failure to adhere to this higher duty is negligence.
A bus accident negligence case won’t look the same as other negligence cases, so you should always consult an attorney about your legal options.
Many Common Carriers Are Government Agencies
Buses are frequently owned and operated by local government agencies. If you are filing suit against a government agency or employee, special rules apply. Generally, the statute of limitations (or amount of time you have to file a claim) is much shorter, and you must file notices and paperwork within certain time frames to have a valid claim.
Under §768.28 of the Florida 2020 Statutes, the state waives sovereign immunity for torts but only in certain situations. You must follow all aspects of the statute to have a successful case, and Florida sets a cap for damages in suits against the government.
These laws can be difficult to navigate, so we urge you to speak with our legal team at Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC as soon as you are able.
Slip and Falls on Buses
Not every bus accident involves a crash. Sometimes, buses are slippery or have other hazardous conditions. If you slip, trip, or fall on a bus, you may be able to file a lawsuit – just as you would if you slipped, tripped, and fell in another public place.
If the bus driver knew or should have known about a dangerous condition on the bus and failed to remedy or warn you about the hazard, talk to a lawyer about your legal options.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the school bus is the safest vehicle on the road. Still, 4 to 6 school-age children die every year on school transportation vehicles. That’s why you should be extra careful around school buses.
Just because accidents are rare doesn’t mean they don’t happen. If you exercise caution around school buses and your family is harmed by the negligent behavior of another, you may be able to sue.
Have You Been Injured in a Bus Accident?
Bus accidents are serious, and we can help. If you’ve been injured in a bus accident, we can help you navigate the aftermath. The laws surrounding bus accidents can be complex, so put 70 years of combined legal experience on your side.
Call Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates at (866) 675-4427 or contact us online to get started with a free consultation.