Have you been hurt in a bus accident?
Bus accidents do happen, but if you’ve been injured in an accident involving a bus there are many things that might be very different from a “regular” car accident. First, the bus is probably owned by a corporation and driven by one of their employees. This means there are several layers of liability to deal with, and you will probably want help.
You might have been in a car or other vehicle, or a pedestrian or bicyclist. Or you may have been a passenger on the bus when you were injured. Establishing who is at fault can be very complicated in these situations.
You probably have questions:
We all have concerns and worries following an accident, especially if we are injured. Some of your questions might be:
- Who will pay my medical bills?
- How do I get my car fixed?
- Where do I go for medical treatment?
- What documents do I need to save?
- How long will this process take?
- Do I even have a case?
- Who could I have a case against?
- What should I do next?
At The Advocates, we are very happy to talk to you about your situation. The call is free, and we don’t get paid unless we take your case and get money for you. If we don’t take your case, we can at least give you some direction and ideas about how to proceed with your claim.
Claims against an organization such as Utah Transit Authority, the governmental entity that operates our local transit along the Wasatch Front, can be very difficult, and it takes a lot of work to build a good, winnable case. It also takes just the “right” set of circumstances, and we will be frank and honest with you about whether you have a claim or not, and we’ll explain in terms you can understand.
Are the laws different for buses in Utah?
A bus, or any other form of paid transportation – taxis, shuttles, or trains – accept fees in exchange for transportation. Because they collect fees, they are required to have certain licensing and training to operate the vehicles. Transit and bus drivers are held to a higher standard of safety, and failing to meet those standards can lead to accidents where fault can be assigned to the driver, or to the entity that provided the training, or maybe the people who maintain the vehicles.
As you can tell, there are many facets to an accident involving a bus or a train. As we said earlier – you probably need help!
In Utah there is a Statute of Limitations for accident claims. Typically this is four years from the date of a bodily injury accident, and three years for a property damage claim. But when it comes to bus or mass transit accidents, the Statute of Limitations is different – actually it’s different for each particular entity of government. So make sure you don’t jeopardize your chance of getting compensated by waiting too long before you call The Advocates.
Where do I find answers?
There are so many elements to an accident/injury involving a bus or a taxi. The vehicle or system might be run by the city, state, private company or other third party. There might be issues involving the Statute of Limitations, the at-fault party or parties, the claim process itself. It might seem almost impossible just to figure out what to do first?
If you (or someone you love) have been injured in a bus or train accident, your first move should be a call to The Advocates Injury Attorneys. We have many, many years of experience with this type of accident, and we can help, or at least point you in the right direction if you want to do it yourself.
Our attorneys are available 24/7 to answer your questions. Al you have to do is pick up the phone!