Remembering the Bus Crash that Occurred on US Highway 20 in Idaho that Left 34 People Injured

It happened on a Wednesday at around 8:46 a.m. The Idaho State Journal says that on January 15, 2020, a 2018 Ford Explorer was driving westbound on Highway 20 when it came to a stop, blocking a westbound lane. Shortly after, an Idaho National Laboratory (INL) bus came up behind the Explorer and stopped behind the driver. Unfortunately, it was a Volva semi that was towing a tanker trailer full of fuel that wasn’t able to stop in time to avoid a crash.

After the truck collided with the bus, several others that had been traveling behind the semi collided with it causing a chain-reaction crash. The news source says the truck eventually came to rest on the highway’s right shoulder while the impact caused the bus to push into the rear of the Ford Explorer. As a result of the accident, the semi was punctured which caused about 3,000 gallons of fuel to leak onto the road.

The accident was so severe, state police, Idaho Department Transportation personnel, and emergency units from the INL all responded to the crash. Authorities said that at least 34 people suffered injuries in the crash and nearly all of them had to be transported to the INL’s Central Medial Facility for treatment. Aside from leaving dozens of people injured, the crash also resulted in the highway being shut down for nearly 13 hours.


How long after a bus accident can I file a personal injury lawsuit for my injuries?


If you were involved in an accident with a bus in Boise, Idaho and have had time to assess your injuries along with how the accident has impacted your life, you might be ready to take legal action against the liable party. Most bus crash victims who retain a bus accident lawyer in Boise, ID often wait until they have had some time to recover from the crash before they take legal action. Many choose to do this so that they are able to assess their progress and determine how extensive their injuries truly are.

While a Boise, ID bus accident lawyer may decide to have a victim wait a few weeks or months before they file suit so that all damages are accounted for, you cannot file a personal injury lawsuit after the statute of limitations has passed. In Idaho, the statute of limitations to file a personal injury claim is two years. Once those two years have passed from the date the accident occurred or your injuries became known, you risk having your lawsuit thrown out.

Now, if you think you have a viable case against a bus driver, the City of Boise, or even a bus company, contact Montgomery Dowdle Law to speak with a Boise, Idaho bus accident lawyer.



Montgomery Dowdle Law can be reached at:


13965 W. Chinden Blvd., Suite 115

Boise, Idaho 83713

Phone: 208-378-8882

Website: www.montgomerydowdle.com

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