Bus accidents can lead to serious or life-threatening injuries, particularly for the person in a smaller vehicle. Commercial and passenger bus drivers must be trained, and require a special license to operate these heavy, large vehicles. Unfortunately, most buses have many blind spots, making it difficult to see smaller vehicles in the vicinity. If you have been injured in an accident involving a bus, we urge you to contact the Los Angeles bus accident attorneys at The Justice Firm immediately to begin the process of collecting the compensation you deserve.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, traveling by bus is one of the safest methods of travel. However, when a bus strikes a vehicle or pedestrian, or is involved in a rollover accident, the results can be catastrophic. Passengers of a bus may suffer serious or fatal injuries as well, as most school and transit buses provide no seat belts or other equipment which would help to prevent serious injuries in the event of an accident. We understand the enormous expense often associated with being injured, including medical costs, lost income, and the cost in terms of emotional stress and physical pain. Bus companies and/or drivers should be held accountable when innocent individuals have their lives turned upside down in an instant.Common Causes of Bus Accidents
In California as well as around the nation, bus accidents have been on the rise in the last few decades. According to the Center for National Truck and Bus Safety Statistics, the most common accidents involving buses are those that involve pedestrians and other vehicles. Approximately 60% of deaths caused by a bus accident are related to collisions with another vehicle; 25% involve pedestrians.
Some of the most common causes of bus accidents in Orange County and surrounding counties in the state include:
- Driver error
- Bad road conditions or poor weather
- Brake failure or inadequate equipment maintenance
- Onboard fires
- Poor visibility
- Pedestrians and smaller vehicles entering the bus lane
- Lack of training and/or safety education for the driver
If you or a family member have been seriously injured in an accident involving a school, commercial, or transit bus, we urge you to contact a capable and experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer with our firm now.Bus Accident Compensation
Injured victims often believe that the insurance company will take care of them; unfortunately, this is not usually the case. Insurance companies train personnel to use a variety of tactics to limit or deny claims. To ensure you receive the full justice you deserve, it is highly recommended you speak with a skilled injury attorney before you speak with the insurance company. Should it become necessary to file a personal injury claim, we will work vigorously to obtain the full damages you deserve. Depending on your case, compensation may include medical costs, loss of earning capacity, lost income both past and future, pain and suffering, and even punitive damages in certain situations where the accident was a result of willful neglect or blatant recklessness.Contact The Justice Firm now
Being the victim in an accident can lead to financial devastation. When insurance companies or the responsible parties fail to recognize their responsibility, the resulting medical costs, lost income, and other expenses can even lead to bankruptcy. At The Justice Firm, we fight vigorously for victims of negligence, working to obtain every penny our clients deserve. Contact us now at 310-914-2444.