Riding a bus to and from the Twin Cities is normally a safe way to travel, but any mode of Minnesota transportation can result in an accident. When you buy a ticket from either a public or private transit service, you enter into a contract known as the terms of service. As you can imagine, the contract seeks to block or limit your ability to collect compensation for a personal injury.
All bus operators have disclaimers within their terms of service. These clauses state that the transit service is not responsible for paying you for your losses.
However, a damages disclaimer is subject to interpretation, and the judicial system is not quick to give a transit service a free pass in the face of negligence. Like any personal injury claim, a victim who can present evidence of negligence should have a right to receive payment for medical bills and other accident-related expenses.
Forum selection clause
Another roadblock in the terms of services limits where you can sue. The transit service likely restricts litigation to a certain location. You can expect that the sole place where you can take the bus service to court is far away. This imposes inconvenience on the process of pursuing damages after a bus accident.
You may have heard how a statute of limitations sets a time limit on your right to file a lawsuit. The bus company’s terms of service might restrict your time even more than what state law dictates.
Because the terms of service will shorten the timeframe for taking legal action, you have to act quickly after getting hurt in a bus accident. You will need to assemble evidence about the cause of your accident and documentation of your injuries and expenses as soon as possible.