You’re driving your car, obeying the rules of the road.
You don’t see it happening.
All of a sudden a Phoenix city bus hits you.
City bus accidents are not like auto accidents
When you have an auto accident, the rules are usually pretty clear. You exchange insurance information with the driver, file a police report, and you contact Silkman Law Firm, your personal injury attorney, if you’ve been hurt.
But what happens when the vehicle that hits your car is a city bus?
The rules can change, that’s for sure.
The process of dealing with the case is more complex because you’re no longer dealing with an individual – you’re dealing with a large corporation or possibly a government agency.
If you or a family member have been hit by a Phoenix city bus, we can help you find a solution.
Who is at fault in a city bus accident case?
When you have been in an accident involving a city bus, you need to understand that the city bus may not belong to the city.
Occasionally city buses are not actually owned by the city. What appears to be a city bus is actually a bus owned by a private company contracted to provide services for the city.
These issues are also complicated by the typical causes of a city bus accident:
- Distracted driver
- Poorly trainer driver
- Intoxicated driver
- Fatigued driver
- Poor or improper vehicle maintenance
- Manufacturer defect on the vehicle or vehicle systems
Truly, there are many factors that come into play when evaluating the cause and responsibility for your city bus accident injury.
This has the expected outcome of making a complicated issue (dealing with a personal injury case), more difficult.
Why is it so difficult to pursue a city bus accident case?
One element of dealing with an injury case from a bus accident is addressing the ownership of the bus. If it is in fact owned or operated by a city or municipality, there are distinct rules to follow when pursuing a claim a governmental entity in order to avoid losing your claim.
Silkman Law Firm has worked with many city bus cases and we know that every case is unique.
Too often we hear stories of people involved in bus accidents who thought they followed the rules for pursuing a case only to find out later that important notices were not sent, we sent incorrectly or were not sent in time, and their claims were dismissed.
Failure to follow the rules can result in a dismissal without having a chance to present an argument.
We at the Silkman Law Firm are keenly aware of these notice requirements and make sure a notice of claim is pursued quickly to get the issues out in front of the relevant government agency and to avoid hitting statutes of limitation issues and other problems.
Just because the accident happened doesn’t mean you or your loved ones should be left without proper compensation.
We will dig deep to finding out the root cause of the accident so we can aggressively pursue the right parties and get you the compensation you deserve!
It’s time for a free case review from the experienced team at Silkman Law Firm.