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OU sued for bus accident, denies responsibility

Ohio University is facing a lawsuit after a woman claimed that a bus driven by a university employee hit and injured her.

According to the victim's complaint, she had the right of way while she was crossing the street and the bus driver, an OU employee, failed to stop. She claims that she was hit by the bus in the crosswalk and has suffered serious injuries.

She claims that her injuries are permanent and will cause future suffering. She is seeking about $25,000 in damages for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.

However, the university has denied her claims. In their answer, they argue in part that her injuries were caused by her own negligence and not OU. They also respond that she assumed the risk of her injuries and damages.

In motor vehicle accident claims, it may be possible to bring a claim against more parties than just the operator of the offending vehicle. If they are an employee acting on behalf of their employer, the employer may also be held liable under some conditions.

If the accident was caused in part by a defective vehicle or auto part, the manufacturer or distributor of the vehicle may face liability as well. In addition, municipalities may be held responsible for dangerous roads or conditions that contribute to an accident.

If you or a loved one are injured in a car accident that is not your fault, consider speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney. They can help you review the circumstances of the accident, build a case and pursue any claims that may be appropriate.

Source: The Athens News, "OU denies all liability in campus bus accident that injured woman," Nov. 20, 2012

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