Bus accidents can be divided up into two categories: (1) Metropolitan buses; (2) School/Educational buses; and (3) Private buses.
Metropolitan buses are generally owned and operated by a city, local government, or municipality. This means they are subject to the Texas Tort Claims Act (“TTCA”). As a general rule, the State and its cities have sovereign immunity per Texas law, meaning they cannot be sued. However, there is a notable exception under the TTCA 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 TTCA 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 TTCA. The main distinction regarding claims against metropolitan buses and those against school buses involve the liability limits associated with each. Specifically, school buses are classified as a “local government” unit which carries a 100/300 liability maximum. Metropolitan buses are classified as a “municipality” unit which carries a 250/500 liability maximum.
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 Bus Accidents:
- Bodily Injury
- Lost Wages
- Property Damage
- Diminished Value
- Personal Injury Protection/Medical Payments
- Reimbursement of Out of Pocket Expenses
Please give us a call for a free consultation to discuss your injury 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.