There are very important deadlines in most bus accidents. These deadlines are much shorter than the deadlines in most personal injury cases. However, they are no less devastating to a claim when violated.
The most immediate deadline in almost all bus accidents will be the Tort Claims Notice requirement. Under the Tort Claims Act, a notice of claim must be sent in all cases involving state, county and local government defendants within 90 days of the accident. In addition, the statute of limitations is only 2 years on governmental claims instead of the standard 3 year statute of limitations period on most personal injury claims.
These deadlines are rigid and non-negotiable. If you miss the deadlines, your claim is barred completely. These deadlines run much faster than one might think especially the 90 day deadline. Countless claims have been barred by the 90 day Tort Claims Notice as well as the shortened 2 year statute of limitations period due to delayed action on the part of the injured person or his/her family. If you or a loved one has been involved in a bus accident, you would be well advised to contact a personal injury as soon as possible to protect your rights.