Public bus transportation has long been a standard of safe travel for commuters everywhere. While use of school buses and commercial or public buses can reduce the number of cars on the road, theoretically reducing accident risk, there still remains the risk of being involved in a bus accident. Lawyers in Bucks County, PA can help victims in these cases, whether they were on the bus, in another vehicle, or were pedestrians or bicyclists involved in a bus accident.
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Liability for Bus Accidents
Like any traffic accident, liability for one involving a bus will depend on the party at fault. If another vehicle caused the accident with the bus, then that driver may be liable for damages that injured parties suffer. If the bus driver caused the accident, then the driver’s employer may be liable.
If the bus is owned and operated by a private company, then liability may simply lie with that company. Victims could file a personal injury claim against the company to recover damages. But if the bus is publically owned and operated by a government agency, then filing a claim can be more complicated.
Pennsylvania waives government immunity if a government agency or an employee – like a bus driver – acts negligently and causes damages, such as personal injury to passengers or other drivers. Victims who wish to file a claim with a government agency must notify it of the claim within six months of the accident.
How do I prove another party is liable for a bus accident?
Your attorney can help you review a private company’s or government agency’s liability for its employee’s actions. But regardless of which party is liable, accident victims must establish negligence when filing a claim against a driver, private company, or government agency.
Bus accident attorneys in Bucks County can establish liability using evidence they gather.
- Police report
- Eyewitness testimony
- Surveillance video
The claim must prove that the defendant was negligent through actions like speeding, taking an unsafe turn, texting while driving, tailgating, etc. The claim must also prove that the defendant’s negligence caused the bus accident – such as a bus driver took an unsafe left turn in front of an approaching vehicle, leading to a collision.
Claimants must also prove that the accident caused his or her injuries and other damages in order to recover compensation for them.
What damages may I recover if injured in a bus accident in Bucks County?
Victims of bus accidents may pursue compensation for the damages they suffers as a result of the accident.
- Medical bills (current and future)
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
Just as claimants need evidence of fault and liability, they also need evidence of their damages. This can include medical bills, pay stubs, and more. Bus accident lawyers in Bucks County, PA can help collect and present this evidence as well.
Claims against the state government may not recover damages in excess of $250,000 for any one plaintiff. Claims against a municipality are capped at $500,000 for one plaintiff. There are no compensatory damage caps on personal injury claims against other parties.
Meanwhile, accident victims may be able to pursue compensation through their own medical benefits coverage on their policy, which offers compensation for medical bills regardless of fault. Talk to your bus accident attorney about whether this may apply to you.
Get Help from a Bus Accident Attorney in Bucks County at Cordisco & Saile LLC
If you have been in a bus accident and need representation, bus accident lawyers in Bucks County, PA at Cordisco & Saile LLC can help. Call us today to set up a consultation to discuss your case: 215-642-2335 or contact us online.