Obtaining representation, if you are involved in a bus accident, is something that is very advantageous to you. When you are in a bus accident you are in an accident that is rather complex. Driving a bus is not like driving a car and the rules of the road are different for a commercial driver. Therefore, having representation by an attorney is very much to your advantage. The other thing that you should be aware of is that in a bus accident there are often a large number of other claimants and the damages involved in the accident may need to be apportioned and the other passengers may have an attorney. So, if you do not have an attorney in that type of situation, you may find yourself at a disadvantage in terms of obtaining fair compensation.
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Another thing to be aware of is that a lot of times buses are owned by public entities. For example, here in Allegheny County, the buses are operated by the Port Authority Transit, that is a government entity, and that brings into question issues of sovereign immunity. That means, that unless your attorney is able to properly handle your case and put the case within the realms set by the legislature for obtaining compensation, in this type of situation you will not be entitled to recover. We at Berger and Green handle a number of these cases every year and we are aware of all the requirements for obtaining compensation when an issue of sovereign immunity is involved.