Thirteen riders of a Jacksonville Transportation bus suffered personal injuries in an accident that occurred on St. Augustine Road in Jacksonville’s southside. The accident occured on Monday when the driver of the bus collided with a sport utility vehicle. The injured passengers were taken to a Jacksonville hospital.
If the driver of the Jacksonville Transportation bus was at fault for causing the auto accident, injured riders will have personal injury claims against JTA which is protected by Florida’s sovereign immunity laws.
Sovereign Immunity is an old doctrine that limits or eliminates claims against governmental entities. For accidents that occuring after October 1, 2011, the applicable liability limits for Florida governmental entities is $200,000.00 per person and $300,000.00 per accident.
There are two instances in which these limits can be exceeded. One occurs where a state entity has purchased insurance in an amount above the limits. The second occurs where an injured person is able to get the Florida Legislature to pass a claims bill. The claims bill process is very long, and, by far, the majority of such requests are not passed.
If you have suffered injuries in an auto accident in the Jacksonville area, our attorneys, headquarted in Jacksonville, are always willing to provide you with a free no-obligation consultation.