What You Need to Know About Bus Accidents in Pennsylvania

Most of us do not feel any sense of danger when we board a bus. In fact, buses are widely regarded as safe, reliable modes of transportation. Unfortunately, as with all motor vehicles, buses are not always safe, and at times, bus accidents do occur. If you were recently injured in a bus accident due to no fault of your own, you are most likely now seeking financial compensation to help you heal. Please read on and reach out to our Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys to learn more about these accidents and how our firm can assist you if you have been injured in one. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are the most common causes of bus accidents?

Bus accidents, just like all other accidents, can happen for many different reasons. However, they are generally due to negligence, either on the part of the bus driver, another motorist, or those who manufacture/maintain the bus. That being said, driver negligence is the most common cause of bus accidents. Common types of negligence include failing to account for large blind spots, negligently discharging passengers, failing to wait until passengers are seated before driving away, driving while under the influence of alcohol, driving while fatigued, speeding, texting while driving, and more. If you were injured as a result of negligence in a bus accident, there is a very good chance that you will qualify for financial compensation, however, you must retain the services of a knowledgeable Pennsylvania personal injury attorney as soon as you can.

How long will I have to file a Notice of Claim in Pennsylvania?

If you are injured in an accident, in most cases, you will have to file your personal injury claim within two years of the date of your accident, in accordance with the state’s statute of limitations. That being said, in Pennsylvania, if you are injured on a property owned by a government entity, or you sustained an injury in a mass transit accident owned by a government entity, you will have to file a Notice of Claim within six months of the date of your accident. Failing to do so will most likely relinquish your right to financial compensation. You should note, however, that if you were seriously injured and were unable to file a claim due to incapacitation/disability, the 6-month time limit will not begin for up to 90 days of the date of the accident. For any further questions, give us a call today.


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