If you are injured on a bus, and it is a public bus–AC Transit, San Francisco Muni, anything like that–then the rules change a little bit.

Number one, if it is the fault of the bus company then instead of having two years in which to file the lawsuit you only have six months within which to file a claim and then additional time to file a lawsuit. Secondly, if you are injured on a bus, then the bus is held to a much higher standard than if you were a passenger in a friend’s car. It’s called the Common Carrier Rule.

If you’re injured on a private bus, rather than on a public bus, they’re still held to the higher standard under the Common Carrier Rule, but you have a full two years to file your lawsuit. And we have handled a lot of serious injury cases successfully against bus companies.