After a collision, passengers on the bus, occupants of other cars, bikers, and pedestrians, may have a bus injury claim against the party or parties at fault. But this is where it gets complicated. Who do you sue for compensation?
For example, if you are suing the government who may own and run the bus services, there are certain timely laws in Florida on the pre-suit requirement of putting the government and various entities on ‘notice’ prior to moving forward.
Those responsible for causing the accident vary according to the type of bus accident and the cause of the accident. Defendants can include one or several of the following:
- Drivers of another vehicle
- The bus driver or driver’s supervisor
- The bus operator – be it for a tour, school, or charter
- The bus owner or the city, county, or state agency
- The property owner of a bus stop
- The maintenance companies
- The bus manufacturer or part manufacturer.
To claim damages, you (the plaintiff) must prove negligence:
- The defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care.
- The defendant breached their duty of care
- That breach was a substantial factor in causing you injuries
- The harm resulted in damages.
It makes sense to hire the services of an experienced bus accident injury lawyer to navigate the complexities unique to an accident involving a bus.