No one expects to be involved in a motor vehicle wreck, least of all being struck by a bus. When you’ve suffered severe injuries after a bus accident, you have the right to seek compensation for your damages.
You might not know who your bus crash claim should be brought against, and you likely won’t know until your attorney conducts a thorough investigation to establish liability. Below, we examine who will be responsible for your losses as well as details you need to know about bringing a claim against a government agency.
In the vast majority of bus accidents, the bus driver will be found liable for your damages. This is typically because they’ve been driving unsafely, whether that be due to distraction, drowsiness or aggression. In these cases, you may be able to bring a claim against the bus driver, but also the company that hired the driver in the first place.
Other parties that could have contributed to the cause of your accident might include the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) if there was a hazard in the road; or the manufacturer of the bus if a part malfunctioned. It will be up to your attorney to determine who’s at fault so each entity can be held accountable for their negligent actions.
Bringing a Claim Against a Government Agency in Chicago
You might be wondering why you would need to bring a claim against the government in the first place. After all, that does seem to be an extreme measure. However, if the bus was owned by the city or state, or in cases where IDOT is culpable, this is a necessary step to securing the compensation you deserve.
The statute of limitations in a typical motor vehicle wreck is two years from the date of the accident, but when you’re pursuing a claim against a government agency, this time limit will expire just one year from the date of the accident. If your claim isn’t filed before the statute of limitations runs out, the Illinois courts will bar your case from being heard.
Your attorney will have a better idea of whom your claim should be brought against after completing their investigation. They will also ensure that your claim is filed in a timely manner so your compensation isn’t at risk.
Get in Touch with a Chicago Bus Accident Lawyer
If you’re interested in discussing your case in greater detail, you can reach out to an experienced Chicago bus accident lawyer at Lane & Lane, LLC. We proudly offer complimentary claim reviews to bus accident victims across the state. You can schedule yours by filling out the convenient contact form at the bottom of this page or by calling our office at 312-332-1400.