Although most people think of accidents as between two cars, buses or commuter trains are often involved in major collisions also. When the Maryland accident involves a municipal bus associated with public transportation provided by the state as the at-fault party, however, there are a number of special requirements that potential plaintiffs must understand and keep in mind when pursuing their claim in court.
According to a recent local news report, a Metro bus was part of a multiple vehicle car accident. Local authorities reported that the Metro bus was proceeding southbound when it lost control and veered into one car, which caused a chain reaction with several other vehicles. The front end of the bus eventually crashed into a Honda Pilot, where it came to a stop. Pictures of the scene posted by local fire and EMS officials show a maroon SUV trapped under the Metro bus and at least one other vehicle with significant front-end damage. First responders arrived on the scene and six patients required evaluation, including two who had serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Four of the people involved were transported to local hospitals for further treatment. The accident remains under investigation.
If you have been involved in a similar accident where a Metro, municipal bus, or commuter train is the at-fault party in an accident, you may be considering filing a personal injury lawsuit to recoup compensation for your injuries or damaged property. To bring a successful claim following this kind of accident, potential plaintiffs would be suing the Maryland Transit Administration or one of its employees, which is essentially a lawsuit against the State of Maryland.
Can You Sue the Maryland Transit Authority After a Bus Accident?
Yes, however, Maryland has specific laws and requirements governing claims involving the Maryland Transit Administration and its employees. For example, potential plaintiffs must send a letter to the MTA describing the situation and why they are responsible for your injuries or property damage. Claims should also include the name and address of each party involved in the accident, a statement describing the details and circumstances of the accident and subsequent injuries, a demand for specific recourse such as a dollar amount for potential compensation, and the name and information of your attorney if you have retained one.
In addition, potential plaintiffs must send their claim letters within one year or may risk facing additional challenges in court. Although this will not necessarily preclude your claim from being heard in court, the State of Maryland is allowed to present evidence that a potential plaintiff did not send their claim letter in a timely fashion. Depending on the judge, your claim may be denied on such a technicality. Thus, it is crucial that potential plaintiffs are aware of these important details and ensure that each box is checked when filing their claim.
Do You Need a Maryland Personal Injury Lawyer?
If you or someone you know was recently injured in a collision involving a municipal bus or commuter train, contact the Maryland bus accident attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen today. Our lawyers have years of experience representing clients in all types of personal injury claims and will work to get you the compensation you deserve. To schedule a free consultation today, contact us at 800-654-1949.