How Are Bus Accidents Commonly Caused?

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Many Maryland residents rely on the Maryland Transit Administration to get them where they need to be. With this, they rely on the conductors and drivers to get them there safely. But unfortunately, bus accidents still occur from time to time. Follow along to find out how bus accidents are commonly caused and how one of the proficient Howard County mass transit accident attorneys at Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates can work on your personal injury claim.

How are bus accidents commonly caused in the state of Maryland?

Bus accidents may be caused by the recklessness of other drivers sharing the Maryland roads. Or, they may be caused by faulty bus parts. However, bus accidents are most commonly caused by the negligence of bus drivers. With that being said, the bus driver involved in your accident may have acted negligent in any of the following ways:

  • Your bus driver prematurely closed the bus door on you. 
  • Your bus driver did not check that you were seated before driving. 
  • Your bus driver was making sudden starts and stops. 
  • Your bus driver dropped you off in an unsafe area. 
  • Your bus driver did not check their large blind spots before merging onto a lane or switching lanes.
  • Your bus driver did not give themself enough time to brake. 
  • Your bus driver did not check that there was proper safety equipment on board. 

What damages can I recover after my bus accident?

If you were involved in a bus accident due to no fault of your own, and you incurred serious injuries and damages as a result, then you may be able to seek justice and financial compensation via a personal injury claim. If successful, you may be able to recover the following damages:

  • Your medical bills. 
  • Your lost wages. 
  • Disability or disfigurement. 
  • Pain and suffering.
  • Loss of enjoyment of life. 

When do I file a Notice of Claim and my personal injury claim?

The first thing to keep in mind is that because the Maryland Transit Administration is the authority for all buses, you must file a Notice of Claim before filing your lawsuit. Specifically, a Notice of Claim will inform the Maryland Transit Administration that you intend to take legal action against them. Importantly, you must submit this within 180 days from the date of your accident. 

Then, you can proceed with filing your personal injury claim. In the state of Maryland, the statute of limitations for this is generally three years from the date of your accident. As you can see, there are important deadlines that you must keep up with. Otherwise, you will be permanently barred from suing. To kickstart your claim, contact one of the talented Howard County auto accident attorneys today.

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