3 Things You Need to Know About Bus Accident Claims in Dallas
Buses are an excellent resource for Dallas residents. They offer a cheap alternative to get around town without much hassle. In fact, an estimated 250,000 people will ride Dallas’s public transportation system every day.
However, for as convenient as they are, buses can also be very dangerous because they are large vehicles that are difficult to maneuver in busy Dallas streets. Unfortunately, bus accidents may occur more than you realize, and when they happen, they could affect dozens of passengers. In these situations, you need a Dallas bus accident lawyer to fight for your rights.
Special Rules Apply to Bus Accidents in Texas
Unlike private passenger vehicles, buses are often operated by public entities. That includes the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) system. Some specific rules and regulations apply to claims for accidents or injuries on public transportation. You must be aware of these rules and follow them carefully to start your legal claim. Thankfully, a Dallas bus accident attorney will keep track of deadlines and procedural requirements for you.
1. Notice Periods
Most personal injury cases, such as car accidents or slip and fall incidents, have a two-year time limitation to file your claim. That means that you have two years from the date of your injury to file your lawsuit. However, claims against the government, including public transit, have a much shorter notice requirement that you must use.
The government must receive notice of your claim within six months after the date that it occurs. However, cities are also allowed to enact a shorter notice time period as well. Dallas, as well as several other major cities in Texas, use a 90-day timeframe to receive notice. That means that if you do not provide notice to the City of Dallas of your claim within 90 days of the date of the incident, you may lose your right to start a claim at all.
2. Damage Caps
In addition to shorten notice periods, claims against the state government and municipalities after a bus accident are subject to maximum recovery amounts for certain types of damages. In particular, damages for physical injuries are limited to $250,000 per person and $500,000 per accident. There are also limitations for property damage as well.
Local government limitations are even lower: $100,000 per person and $300,000 per claim. In many bus accidents, the local government limitations will come into play. In the case of a DART accident, however, restrictions that affect “municipalities” will apply.
3. More Than Just Collisions
It is a common misconception that bus accident claims only apply when a bus collides with another vehicle or an object. You can still assert a claim against DART or busing company if you are injured on a bus for any reason. You may also be able to start a lawsuit if you were harmed while getting on or off a bus as well. In fact, some of these minor injuries are more common than those caused by collisions.
If you have been involved in a bus accident, you may have a legal claim. Get a free case evaluation with our firm by calling 214-883-1700.