Whether you take the public bus to save money or out of necessity, it should be a safe method of transportation. Sadly, negligent bus drivers, unsafe buses, and roadway defects can all lead to bus accidents. A bus accident can cause a wide range of injuries depending on the type and severity of the crash. No matter what type of damages you suffered in a recent Bridgeport bus accident, talk to our bus accident lawyers in Bridgeport about your potential right to compensation. The doors at Harlow, Friedman & Adams, P.C., are always open to injured crash victims.
Common Carrier Laws
City buses are common carriers or vehicles that transport people or goods for money. As such, they must obey strict federal and state rules in terms of passenger safety. These rules cover driver hiring standards, training procedures, vehicle maintenance, and more. Unfortunately, Greater Bridgeport Transit (GBT) and other city-run transit authorities don’t always obey the law. This results in devastating, preventable crashes.
Common carriers must exercise the highest degree of care when it comes to the safety of passengers. They must adhere to all applicable regulations, engage in due diligence, and warn passengers of potentially dangerous conditions. These are duties that public buses, charter buses, party buses, and other paid bus services owe their passengers. Any breach of these duties of care, such as failing to properly maintain a bus’s brake system, resulting in passenger injuries, may be negligence.
It takes a thorough investigation to identify the proximate, or main, cause of a bus accident in Bridgeport. Another driver may have run into the bus or a malfunctioning traffic light may have caused an intersection collision. There are a number of potential things that could have caused your accident. Our bus accident lawyers in Bridgeport can do a diligent investigation on the accident, help gather crucial evidence on your behalf and file your claim with the correct parties. We may be able to get you the compensation you need to move forward after a harmful crash.
Recovering Damages After a Bus Accident
Going up against the city of Bridgeport after a public bus crash can be difficult. There are stringent rules and filing requirements regarding claims against the government. You typically have just 90 days from the date of the bus crash to file your initial Notice of Claim with the city. Speak to our lawyers as soon as possible after a bus or other public transit accident to be sure you don’t miss your deadline. You may also need a special document, signed by an attorney that supports the merit of your claim against Bridgeport.
If you’re here because of a school bus accident, your claim will look different. You may have a case against the school or district in charge of the bus. If it’s a public school, this will be a government entity. If a private school owns the bus or is responsible for the crash, you may be able to sue the school itself. Talk to a Bridgeport personal injury attorney about a school bus crash in Bridgeport right away. Call (203) 878-0661 or contact us online to schedule your initial consultation.