Who Can You Sue After A Bus Accident?
Bus accidents are more common than you might think in Florida, and there are many people who are injured in these crashes each year. After these crashes, injured victims may be struggling with medical expenses, missed wages, and other financial burdens. From that point forward, they must attempt to shoulder these financial burdens all while earning no income. After all, their injuries will likely prevent them from going to work and earning an income. The solution to this problem is simple: File a personal injury claim. But who exactly do you sue?
Florida is a No-Fault State
The first thing you should know is that Florida is a no-fault state. This means that in many situations, you don’t even need to file a lawsuit or establish someone else’s negligence in order to receive a financial settlement. Instead, you can simply turn to your own insurance provider and file a claim through them. You won’t need to worry about finding someone to sue, since you can file a claim even if no one was to blame for your accident.
Suing for a Serious Injury
That being said, there are a few exceptions to the rule. If your injury is defined as “serious,” you may be able to step outside the boundaries of the no-fault system and sue negligent parties directly. This can help you receive a more suitable settlement. For example, if your injury claim only provides a portion of your total medical expenses, you will likely need to search for additional funding from other sources. Examples of “serious injuries” include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head injuries
- Broken bones
So Who Can I Sue?
Perhaps your accident was caused by a government agency, such as a public transit company. If this is the case, then the government agency in question might be able to provide a much more adequate settlement compared to a private citizen. Or perhaps your accident was caused by a school bus. If this is the case, then you might have an opportunity to file a lawsuit against the school board. This is particularly true if the bus driver in question was guilty of clear negligence – such as being intoxicated at the time of the accident. If this is the case, you can point out that the hiring practices of the company or government organization were clearly negligent.
Enlist the Help of a Qualified Attorney Today
If you’ve been searching for a qualified, experienced Orlando personal injury attorney, look no further than Payer Law. Over the years, we have helped numerous injured plaintiffs in the Florida area, and we know how serious bus accidents can be. If you’re ready to move forward with an effective action plan, book your consultation today. During this initial meeting, we can discuss your unique circumstances and get started on an action plan uniquely catered to your specific needs. Reach out today.