If you’re injured in an accident with a bus in Texas, how long do you have to file claim for damages? The answer to that question depends on whether or not the bus that injured you was a private bus, like those chartered for group vacations, or a public bus, like the ones used for city transport.
Generally speaking, Texas is like many other states — it gives you two years from the date of your personal injury or the injury of your property to file a claim for damages. That’s known as the statute of limitations.
However, if your injury claim is potentially against the government — which it would be if there is a city bus involved — your time limit to take action is generally much shorter.
Here’s how it works:
Under the laws in Texas, you first have to notify the appropriate government entity that you could have a claim against for either personal or property damage (or both).
You must describe the damage or injury the bus caused, to the best of your ability. You also need to include a description of the accident and the time and place the accident occurred.
Under general state law, you have a maximum of six months to file the appropriate notice with the appropriate government office. However, be careful and check this time limit with an attorney in your location, because individual cities have laws that shorten that six-month limit considerably. If you file your notice after the time limit specified in the local ordinances, you lose your right to sue even if you have an otherwise valid claim.
Filing a notice does not necessarily mean that you are filing the claim right away. It doesn’t even mean that you will eventually file a claim. It merely preserves your right to do so if you decide that’s necessary. That’s important to understand, especially if you aren’t sure yet how permanent some of your injuries are or aren’t done healing.
For more information on how to proceed with a claim against the government due to a bus accident, talk to an attorney without delay.
Source: FindLaw, “Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code 101.101 Notice,” accessed May 22, 2017