Six Killed in Baltimore Bus Crash
Posted on behalf of Goldberg Finnegan, LLC on Nov 01, 2016 in Truck Accidents
Our thoughts and prayers are with those injured and killed in the Baltimore Bus crash today.
A Baltimore City school bus crashed into an MTA bus in Southwest Baltimore just before 7 a.m. The driver of the school bus and five commuters on the MTA bus were killed. News reports indicate that at least 10 people were also injured.
Apparently the school bus was headed east when it collided with a sports car and a pole on the side of the road. The bus then entered oncoming traffic and slammed into the side of the MTA bus. Many of those who were most seriously injured were taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.
While we are certain that the last thing the families of those injured and killed in this crash are thinking about at this time is legal representation and compensation, the truth is that the families of those injured and killed need to seek prompt legal assistance to help protect their rights.
For free case review, call our award-winning lawyers today at (888) 213-8140. There are no upfront costs to you.
How We Can Help With Your Compensation Claim
In this type of accident, you can be sure that insurance companies, Baltimore City and also the MTA already have their legal teams working hard to minimize what they will need to pay out to those injured or killed and to have their investigators come to conclusions that minimize their liability.
By hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer now, your lawyer can conduct an independent investigation of what actually happened and make sure that all avenues of recovery are explored.
Unfortunately, Maryland law protects wrongdoers in a case like this ---- The Maryland Legislature caps damages against Baltimore City and other Local Governments at just $800,000 total per incident (unlike the District of Columbia where there is no cap).
Those injured in this crash likely face a lifetime of medical expenses, pain and other injuries...
Let me explain ---- This means that $800,000 is to be divided between all of the families of those killed and/or injured in this crash.
This is incredibly unfair and unjust.
Since the total liability of Local Governmental entities in Maryland is capped, it is important that an experienced bus crash attorney investigate potential product liability claims and other claims against Defendants that would not be subject to such a low cap.
Those injured in this crash likely face a lifetime of medical expenses, pain and other injuries (physical and emotional) that need to be compensated since this crash was obviously not their fault. Our lawyers will fight hard to protect your rights and explore all avenues of recovery.
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Another reason to consider hiring a lawyer early on in the process is that those responsible for this incident need to be put on formal and proper notice of this incident.
In order to recover against Baltimore City and/or the MTA, the appropriate entity should be put on formal notice of a claim pursuant to the Local Government Tort Claims Act and/or the Maryland State Tort Claims Act. This is a complicated area of the law that is currently in transition --- for example in the 2016 Maryland Legislative Session the Tort Claims Act was modified so that the formal notice must be given one year after the incident (it was previously just six months), but need not be given under certain circumstances.
To make a claim against Baltimore City, notice must be sent to the City Solicitor in writing and must provide the time, place and cause of the injury or death. Since the new law/statute on “notice” has not yet been tested in the Courts, the safe course of action is for anyone injured in this crash to provide the local authorities with notice pursuant to the statute (5-304 of the Courts & Judicial Proceedings Article of the Maryland Code) as quickly as reasonably possible.
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Our team of lawyers have decades of experience and do not charge any attorney fees or costs unless there is a recovery in the case.
We offer accident victims and their families a free, no obligation review of their case and we are happy to represent victims of this terrible bus crash for a 25% contingent fee - if the case resolves prior to a lawsuit being filed (we only get paid at the end when you get paid).