Private Bus Accident
In an effort to make employee’s lives easier, many companies offer private shuttles and buses. Sometimes they are offered for work events, such as out of office but nearby conferences and meetings, so people do not have to worry about limiting parking. Sometimes shuttles are offered from public transportation points that are close to the office but not within a reasonable walking distance. This encourages the use of public transportation.
In Florida, commercial buses, such as shuttle buses, may fall into the category of a non-public sector bus or a commercial vehicle. A non-public sector bus is any bus, which is used for the transportation of people for compensation and which is not owned, leased, operated, or controlled by a municipal, county, or state government or a governmentally owned or managed nonprofit corporation. A commercial motor vehicle is any vehicle used on the public highways in commerce to transport people or cargo, which is weighs about 10,000 pounds or more or is designed to transport more than 15 passengers, including the driver.
Florida has a variety of rules in place to ensure riders’ safety on commercial buses. This includes for the both the vehicle and its driver. Whether a vehicle is considered a commercial vehicle or a non-public bus under Florida law will depend on factors such as the size and weight and the vehicle as well as how many people it can hold.
If you are a passenger in a private bus accident or another vehicle involved in the accident, the primary person liable for the accident is the bus owner. The owner of the bus is responsible for getting and maintaining the insurance policy as well as the vehicle. The owner will have the information you need to bring a solid case including the driver’s driving record and the vehicle’s history. Also, if it is a case of the driver’s negligence or recklessness, the owner, as the employer, is still responsible for the driver’s actions.
All vehicles in Florida require insurance. The minimum amount of insurance necessary varies by type of vehicle. Under Florida law, the amount of insurance necessary for a commercial vehicle depends on its weight. Commercial vehicle must cover both personal injury and property damages for up to fifty thousand dollar, one hundred thousand dollars or three hundred thousand dollars, depending on the weight of the vehicle. Non-public sector buses, at a minimum, must be able to show they can provide damages of at least one hundred thousand dollars if one person is injured, three hundred thousand if two or more people are injured and fifty thousand if property is damaged in an accident. A non-public sector bus must also have an insurance policy for at least three hundred thousand dollars to cover both property damages and personal injuries.
If you have been involved in an accident and suffered injury, you may be able to sue the other driver for damages you may have suffered. When considering litigation, it is important to seek out an attorney as soon as possible. Information can be lost or forgotten, making timing crucial for any case. In order to determine whether you have a claim, you should contact one of our attorneys at 954-961-5100 in Broward or 1-877-961-5100 any where in Florida for a free consultation.