The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) runs the public transportation systems throughout Atlanta. If you have lived in the city for at least a little while, then you have probably seen MARTA buses traversing the city streets.
What happens if you get hit by a MARTA bus driver? Can you sue MARTA for compensation? Are there any complexities with a MARTA bus accident case you should know about beforehand?
MARTA Works Alongside the GDOT
MARTA is not part of the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), but it does work alongside it. On the MARTA board of directors, there is a seat reserved for a GDOT member. This close connection to the GDOT can make bringing a claim against MARTA unexpectedly complicated.
Your bus accident claim may be answered by an insurance defense firm contracted by MARTA or GDOT. You can expect such a defense firm to be ready for your claim and already have strategies drafted to challenge whatever you say. Hiring the assistance of a personal injury attorney will be all the more important to prepare you for a stubborn opposition.
Furthermore, Georgia has a two-year statute of limitations on personal injury claims. Depending on how liability for your MARTA bus accident is determined, though, the statute of limitations could be severely reduced. Any claim filed against a government agency – like GDOT – is limited to a 30-day statute of limitations to file a claim. After it is filed, there is just a 12-month statute of limitations to turn the claim into a lawsuit, if that becomes necessary.
Consult with Pratt Clay, LLC Today
The underlying factor of a MARTA bus accident claim of any sort is heightened difficulty. Whether your statute of limitations is shortened, the defense is propped up by a corporate firm, or both, you have an uphill legal battle ahead of you. To even the scales and give yourself a fighting chance to receive fair compensation, represent yourself with an experienced law firm, too. Pratt Clay, LLC would like to hear from you.
You might be able to demand compensation to help pay for your:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Property repairs
- Pain and suffering
From our office in Atlanta, we can discuss your case during a free initial consultation. It costs nothing to speak with us about your MARTA bus accident claim. Our contingency fee agreements also mean you do not need to pay attorney fees unless we win your case.
Call us at 404-566-9460 now for more information or to schedule a consultation.