Your Legal Options After a Bus Accident in Florida
If you were injured in a bus accident, you may be facing severe physical, emotional, and financial burdens. Give our firm a call today to speak with our dedicated and experienced Hillsborough County bus accident lawyer today. We are on your side no matter what you are facing.Get Your Case Started
How can a bus accident occur?
There are a number of ways that a bus accident can occur. However, the majority of these accidents can be traced back to negligence. Bus accidents can occur as a result of another negligent motorist, faulty bus parts, a negligent bus company, or a negligent bus driver. In most circumstances, bus accidents are a result of bus driver negligence. Some of the most common kinds of bus driver negligence that our firm has seen include the following:
- Releasing passengers in unsafe areas
- Failing to account for large blind spots before merging or changing lanes
- Failing to have necessary safety equipment onboard
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Looking at a GPS while driving, or otherwise driving while distracted
- Driving while fatigued
- Failing to ensure everyone is seated before driving
What kinds of injuries can be sustained in this type of accident?
Bus accidents are normally unpredictable, and in some cases, buses can roll or topple over in an accident, resulting in a wide variety of injuries. Other times, another negligent driver can cause the accident or even a faulty part in the bus itself. Some of the most common bus accident injuries include the following:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Loss of limb
- Spine injuries
How long do I have to file a claim in Florida?
Keep in mind that the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Florida is, typically, four years. However, this is not always the case when it comes to bus accidents. In most instances, bus businesses are state-owned, which suggests that you will have to file a Notice of Claim in a briefer period of time. In Florida, you are instructed to file a Notice of Claim within three years of the date of your accident. After you have done this, you will need to wait at least 180 days to file your personal injury claim. It is critical that you do not miss these deadlines, because if you do, it is highly likely that you will be unable to file this claim entirely ever again. Reach out to our firm today to ensure that you have a skilled attorney on your side to help you meet all of your claim’s important deadlines.
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