Thousands of people every year are injured while riding on buses, school buses or the light rail. Not surprisingly, the injuries suffered can range from the minor to catastrophic. When you or a loved one is injured while riding on a bus or light rail train, whether through the negligence of the operator or another driver, compensation is available. Similarly, if you are injured due to the negligence of a bus driver or other mass transit operator while a pedestrian, while on a bike, or while in another motor vehicle, you are entitled to compensation.
Mass Transit Accidents
To a large extent, these claims are like any motor vehicle accident in Minnesota in that first, you have a claim for no-fault benefits, and second a claim for general damages against the at fault party. There are some important differences, however, due to the fact that these accidents involve common carriers and their drivers are subject to greater regulations and higher standards of care than are ordinary drivers. Priority issues involving no fault insurance (who pays medical bills and wage loss) differ in a mass transit case. Finally, if you were involved in an accident involving commercial, interstate bus travel, different laws may apply to your claim and different avenues of recovery may be available to you.
One factor that distinguishes bus accidents from other types of accidents is that the entire accident has typically been digitally recorded. Video cameras cover the entire bus, and the bus company will be able to provide video of the accident which will show exactly how large of an impact occurred and how the impact affected the passengers on the bus. Many factors are involved in a bus or light rail accident, and it is crucial to get an investigation underway promptly in order to establish liability and make sure that all responsible parties are held accountable.
Connect With Minnesota’s Bus Accident Attorneys Today
The Meshbesher Law Firm has successfully handled numerous mass transit cases. To speak to one of our experienced Minnesota personal injury attorneys, call us at 612-349-5215. You can also e-mail us your questions. Our Minnesota bus accident lawyers will be happy to assist you with your questions. The Meshbesher Law Firm works on a one-third contingency fee basis on bus and light rail accident claims. This means we don’t get paid until we win your case for you. If there is no recovery, you do not owe us for the time we spend working on your case.