MySanAntonio.com recently reported that a local man was killed and a teen was seriously injured in a horrible accident involving a school bus. The accident occurred in the southeast part of Bexar County at around seven in the morning. A teenage driver made contact with an East Central District school bus and then crashed head on into another oncoming car. None of the children on the bus reported any serious injuries and the authorities are still investigating the crash. Accidents involving buses present unique legal challenges, if you find yourself in the unfortunate circumstance of being injured in a bus accident, an experienced San Antonio bus accident attorney can help.
Buses are Common Carriers
A common carrier is defined as an entity that transports people, or goods, in exchange for money. Most buses, including school buses, city buses, and commercial buses all fit under this classification. This is relevant because a common carrier is held to a different, more stringent legal standard. Common carriers are required to exercise a very high degree of caution and care when it comes to taking care of their passengers and others on the road.
School Bus Accident Cases Offer Unique Challenges
Did you know that the government is immune from lawsuits? You can only sue a governmental entity when the law has expressly permitted that type of lawsuit. In the case of Texas school bus accidents, the Texas Tort Claims Act has specifically waived this immunity for school buses. In order to recover damages from a school district in relation to a school bus accident, you must prove that the driver of the bus was negligent. Further, the immunity waiver for school buses in the Texas Tort Claims Act brings with it it’s own set of time limits. The statute of limitations for a school bus caused injury is much shorter than for a commercial bus. If you are filing a personal injury lawsuit, you must notify the school district in time. Each individual district can have their own time limit for notice. Sometimes these limits are as short as only thirty days. Failing to operate within these time limits can put your claim at risk. Do not put your personal injury claim at risk based on a legal technicality. You should always contact an experienced attorney soon after an injury. But, this is even more important after an injury with a government run bus. The time limits can be very strict, if you or your child has been injured by a San Antonio school bus, please call an experienced bus accident attorney today.
Contact An Experienced San Antonio Bus Accident Lawyer
If you have been involved in an accident with any kind of bus in San Antonio, whether it’s a local public school bus or a VIA metro bus, you should contact a qualified bus accident lawyer as soon as possible. At the Law Offices of Ronald A. Ramos we have many decades of experience fighting for the rights of injured victims and their families. Bus accidents have many unique characteristics and you need the representation of an attorney who understands these complexities. Contact our office today to schedule a free legal consultation.