Buses are enormous vehicles that can cause devastating injuries and damages. After an accident occurs, it may be difficult to know what to do next. If you suffered injuries due to another’s careless actions, you have legal options.
A seasoned personal injury attorney could help you hold the reckless party accountable for their actions. Fighting your case against savvy insurance companies and the negligent party can be a difficult to achieve on your own.
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Vicarious liability is one of the major issues that arise when a commercial or municipal employee causes damage to another party. In some cases, an employer could be held liable for their employee’s negligent actions. If an employee commits a negligent act, the employer could be liable for damages.
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A detour is considered a minor deviation from an employee’s duties, such as a bus driver stopping to get gas. If the employee commits a reckless act during a detour, the employer could still be held liable.
However, an employer is not liable for their employee’s actions that are committed during a “frolic.” A frolic is a more substantial deviation from an employee’s duties. An example of a frolic could be a bus driver stopping to get a haircut in the middle of the workday. Determining fault under Kentucky’s vicarious liability laws is complex so you should consult with an experienced attorney who can investigate and identify all responsible parties.
Kentucky follows the pure comparative fault rule, codified under Kentucky Revised Statutes §411.182. Pure comparative fault states that when both the plaintiff and defendant are negligent, the injured victim’s damages are decreased by their portion, or percentage, of fault.
Even if the plaintiff is 99 percent at fault, they could still recover compensation for damages from the other party under Kentucky’s comparative fault law. Their compensation award will be reduced by their percentage of fault for the accident.
There are four main categories of damages that bus accident victims in Louisville and Southern Indiana may pursue in court and they include:
Economic damages cover any monetary losses such as medical bills or lost wages that resulted from the injuries. Non-economic damages are more difficult to calculate. These include pain and suffering or loss of enjoyment of life that was endured from the accident. If there was any damage to the plaintiff’s vehicle or other personal property, they could seek property damages as well.
Punitive damages are generally limited to situations where the defendant committed an intentional or reckless act. Punitive damages may be awarded if the court feels it is necessary to punish the at fault party and deter them from committing the act again.
An experienced Louisville bus accident lawyer could evaluate the victim’s losses and determine which type of damages they may be eligible to recover.
A statute of limitations refers to the deadline for filing a civil action claim. The statute of limitations may change based on the type of lawsuit being filed.
Kentucky Revised Statutes §304.39-230(6) sets the time for a personal injury claim arising from a motor vehicle accident to two-years following the collision date.
The stress and hardship of healing from an injury and continuing to overcome the financial burdens of life can be overwhelming. Getting the legal relief that you need and deserve shouldn’t be.
A Louisville bus accident lawyer could review your claim and help you determine your next steps. You may be eligible to recover compensation for your injuries and damages. Call now to get started on your claim.
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