2018 saw a total of 43 bus accident fatalities, as well as a total of 8 train accident fatalities. Of course, these numbers exclude injuries, however, if you have been injured in a mass transit accident, you are most likely facing sky-high medical bills, struggling with lost wages, and, perhaps worst of all, are now physically unable to do some of the things you once loved. We understand how difficult this can be, which is why we are here to help. If you have been injured in a bus or train accident, please read on and reach out to our experienced Florida personal injury attorneys to learn more. Here are some of the questions you may have:
Bus accidents are terrifying since as a passenger, there is very little you can do to protect yourself–in fact, many buses do not even come with seatbelts. Some of the most frequent causes of bus accidents can include bus operators driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, texting while driving, speeding, failing to account for a bus’ large blind spots, unsafely changing lanes, negligently discharging passengers, and more.
Fortunately, train accidents do not occur nearly as often as other auto accidents, however, they do happen. Some of the most common causes of train accidents can include defective or worn tracks, mechanical failures, misaligned tracks, and negligent train operators, conductors, or crew, to name a few.
Oftentimes, it is extremely difficult for individuals to receive monetary retribution for wrongly-sustained injuries. That is why you must hire an experienced attorney who can effectively gather and present evidence to prove that you were injured as a direct result of another party’s negligence. Some of the most valuable types of evidence can include pictures or videos of the accident, police reports of the incident, witness statements, medical documents, and more.
That being said, if you have been injured in an accident, you will only have a certain amount of time to file a claim. This is known as the statute of limitations. Though the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Florida is, generally, four years, when suing a municipality, this is usually not the case. To file a lawsuit against a municipality, you must file a Notice of Claim within three years of the accident that caused your injuries. From here, you must wait at least 180 days to file your lawsuit. Our firm is ready to guide you through the claims process, every step of the way–all you have to do is ask.
Ansbacher Law is composed of knowledgeable attorneys who are ready to assist clients with various legal matters throughout North Florida. We understand the urgency of your personal injury claim and additional legal matters, which is why we provide each of our clients with compassionate and efficient legal assistance, every step of the way. Please contact our office for an initial consultation today.