Many lawyers don’t know the right way to pursue a claim involving a wreck with a school bus.
North Carolina has a great public school system, but the state has thousands of buses, and their drivers cause accidents like everyone else.
Lots of inexperienced lawyers will tell you that a law called “sovereign immunity” prevents you from bringing a claim.
However, the State of North Carolina (and many other states) have a law called a State Tort Claims Act (STCA) to allow private citizens to sue the state for certain negligent injuries, including injuries from bus collisions. The STCA essentially lets you bypass sovereign immunity.
Whether you were hit by a bus, or if your child (or you) were riding a school bus, the STCA likely applies (there are some exceptions, but those exceptions lead to different types of coverage: you still have a claim.)
Even though you’re riding a local school bus, the claim will be against the state, which has a huge fund reserved to pay claims like this. The claim itself will be defended by the Attorney General’s office, which has an entire sub-office devoted entirely to handling STCA cases. Those claims are almost always handled through the North Carolina Industrial Commission (IC), although they sometimes end up in our civil courtrooms. The facts of the case will determine whether the IC or the courts have jurisdiction.
Our lawyers have decades of experience in handling these cases. Don’t rely on someone who’s never handled one, or who simply doesn’t know what they’re talking about: call us today at 919-348-4361 or click here to contact us through our website. We’ll give you a free, no-risk evaluation of your claim, and if we think we can help you do better with us than without us, we’ll take the case on a contingency fee, so we only get paid once the case is over, and ONLY if we get you a recovery. Contact us today. We’ve got your back.