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Every year, the citizens of Iowa lose approximately $399 million due to crash deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control. These numbers don’t even begin to account for the losses individuals face when they survive a crash with serious injuries. Families and victims may struggle to pay medical expenses, make ends meet due to time missed from work, and they may suffer immense pain and suffering. Fortunately, the law offers families and victims protections, allowing them to seek damages for these losses.
Car accidents are not the only cause of serious injuries in Iowa. The public bus system is used by some, and relied on by many to help get them from one destination to the next. Iowa City Transit is run by the government and makes it possible for students, workers, and travelers to get around the city. Although this convenient form of transportation allows the citizens of Iowa who do not possess a vehicle to get around, there are certain dangers that buses pose. Individuals may suffer a slip and fall while entering or exiting the bus. Most buses do not come equipped with seat belts which increases the risk of sustaining injury in the event of an accident. Bus drivers, while being required to hold proper licensure, sometimes make mistakes. However, not all accidents can be attributed to a negligent bus driver because some crashes occur due to the mistake of another driver on the road. However, the fact is, when a person is harmed, either mentally or physically, or their property is damaged and a bus accident was the cause of it, those involved are eligible to receive compensation.
Filing a bus accident injury claim can be quite complex. Iowa public transportation may be run by the government. Under the principle of sovereign immunity, the government cannot be sued without the consent of the government. In Iowa, under Swanger v. State, 445 N.W.2d 344 (Iowa 1989); Starlin v. State, 450 N.W.2d 257 (Iowa Ct. App. 1989), a government worker can be sued while operating a motor vehicle owned by the government. However, victims of injuries resulting from a government worker or government entity must make their claims within 2 years. Individuals are also barred from receiving punitive damages from the state. A qualified bus accident lawyer familiar with Iowa’s sovereign immunity laws can assist you through the legal process of seeking a claim against an Iowa public transit entity.
The aftermath of a bus accident can be stressful and confusing. You and your family may be struggling under the stress of trying to adjust to life after a serious injury. Seeking damages from negligent parties can add to this stress. However, you don’t have to struggle through this process alone. Visit USAttorneys.com to learn more about your rights and options under the law. Let us help get you connected with a skilled bus accident attorney right here in the state of Iowa.
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