Bus accidents in New Mexico can be divided up into three categories: (1) city buses; (2) School/Educational buses; and (3) Private buses.
City buses are generally owned and operated by a city, local government, or municipality. This means they are subject to the New Mexico Tort Claims Act (“NMTCA”). As a general rule, the State and its cities have sovereign immunity per New Mexico law, meaning they cannot be sued. However, there is a notable exception under the NMTCA which states that a governmental entity can be sued for negligence if it is connection with the use and operation of a motor vehicle. The NMTCA requires a notice provision that requires a claimant to provide a governmental unit with formal, written notice of a claim against it within six months of the incident giving rise to the claim, so time is definitely of the essence regarding these claims.
School and educational buses owned and operated by school districts are also subject to the NMTCA and the requirements stated above.
Private buses are a “catch-all” description for all buses that are not owned by the government. These include your standard tour buses, charter buses, party buses, airport buses, and concierge buses. Typically, the liability limits on these cases are significantly higher than their government counterparts.
Regardless of what type of bus injured you, it is important to call us as soon as possible so we can comply with the relevant statutory requirements, notice provisions, etc. in order to preserve your case and move forward.
Claims We Handle Involving New Mexico Bus Accidents:
- Bodily Injury and/or Death
- Permanent Disfigurement
- Permanent Impairment
- Permanent Disability
- Medical Lien Resolution
- Lost Wages
- Property Damage
- Diminished Value
- Personal Injury Protection/Medical Payments
- Reimbursement of Out of Pocket Expenses
Please give us a call at 888.902.6245 for a free consultation to discuss your New Mexico Bus Accident claim. We will give you all the time your case deserves, and we will give you an honest assessment of your case and whether we can represent you.