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The questions on this page were answered by our team of Virginia Beach & Norfolk personal injury attorneys. The questions are categorized by practice area such as car accidents, medical malpractice, wrongful death, etc. If you have specific questions about your situation, contact our firm to set up a free consultation with an actual attorney.

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  • Who is liable for a bus accident in Virginia?

    Depending upon the bus type and circumstances, there can be many people and companies held liable. If the driver of the bus causes the accident, he can be held liable. But in many cases, the bus company also can be found liable because it did not train the bus driver properly, or had poor hiring practices that lead to a poor driver behind the wheel of a bus. 

  • How many bus accidents are there in the US each year?

     
    According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are 300 bus accidents with fatalities each year, and more than 20,000 injuries. Buses are massive vehicles and they often drive at high speed on highways and loss of control can lead to serious injuries and death. 

  • As a bus passenger, do I have special legal protections?

    Yes. A bus company is a common carrier. This means it has a higher duty of care to provide a safe environment for its passengers. This is more than the standard duty of care that private vehicle operators have to other drivers and pedestrians. For example, if a bus company gets in an accident that is only slightly the reason for your injuries, the company may need to pay for the full cost of those injuries.

  • What if I'm from North Carolina (NC), headed to New York City, get involved in an accident in Virginia (VA), and the at fault driver is from South Carolina (SC)... how do I determine which law applies?

    Often there are many different parties from many different states involved in a single accident, but typically speaking, the law of the place (situs) of the accident will apply.  Unless there is a special circumstance, in the example above, the law of Virginia (VA) would apply.  If you have questions about where you can file an injury lawsuit, you should contact an experienced injury attorney to help you with that decision.

  • If I want to file a lawsuit for injuries I suffered from a bus, train, cruise ship or airplane accident, do I have to file a claim by a certain date or time?

    If a claim is not filed within the time period specified by a state's "statute of limitations" (i.e. time limit to file a claim), the injured individual or group loses their right to sue and recover losses from injuries accrued from a mass transit (i.e. bus, train, airplane, cruise ship, etc.) accident. The statute of limitations in Virginia for personal injury is two years.

    If the mass transit vehicle which caused your injury is government-owned (i.e. owned by the federal, state, county or city), there may be unique notices that must be given in a certain time period before filing a lawsuit. The time limit and notice requirements are usually available in the state code or city/local ordinances.

    In some areas, the time limit to provide notice is short, such as 30 to 60 days. An experienced injury lawyer, like those working for Shapiro & Appleton& Duffan will be able to give you with reliable information for the appropriate time limits and notice requirements.


    About the editors: The motto at Shapiro & Appleton& Duffan law firm is simple -"All we do is injury law." We hope you were able to find the answer to your injury query. If not, please review our Virginia Accident Lawyer FAQ Library for additional information. If you'd like to speak to an actual attorney about your potential injury claim for free, please contact our office at 1-800-752-0042.



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  • If I'm hit and injured by a train, bus, airplane, or other common carrier vehicle what can I recover for my injuries?

    The general policy is that a common carrier vehicle like a bus, train, airplane, etc. is liable for injuries or damages caused by the negligent and/or reckless operation of its vehicles. If the common carrier vehicle is government-owned transit, the government may be liable for injuries or damages resulting from the use of the transportation system.

    There are some exceptions to lawsuits that can be filed against government-owned transit. In addition, every state and local municipality has specific rules and procedures for bringing a lawsuit against them.

    Numerous states and local governments require a unique notice be provided to the state or municipality before a lawsuit may be filed. This is why it's important to consult an experienced injury attorney so you can be aware of the "statute of limitations" (i.e. the time limit to file a claim) or deadlines that could effect your case.


    About the editors: The motto at Shapiro & Appleton& Duffan law firm is simple -"All we do is injury law." We hope you were able to find the answer to your injury query. If not, please review our Virginia Accident Lawyer FAQ Library for additional information. If you'd like to speak to an actual attorney about your potential injury claim for free, please contact our office at 1-800-752-0042.



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