California is a commuter state with many miles of outstretched roads, so residents often depend on buses to get around. Bus transportation includes school buses, private vans, shuttle services, and Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) vehicles. Additionally, because Southern California is a popular tourist destination, it’s not uncommon to see many tour buses in the area.
With the presence of so many buses, accidents are bound to occur. If you have been involved in a bus accident it is important you consult with a Los Angeles bus accident attorney as soon as possible to file an injury claim. The experienced injury lawyers with our firm can assist in preparing you for what to expect and ensure that your claim is as strong as possible.
Common Types of Bus Accidents
Since buses are larger than many other types of vehicles, their drivers are often inhibited by limited visibility and find their buses difficult to maneuver. This can result in many types of accidents, including:
- A bus colliding with another vehicle;
- A bus hitting a pedestrian or bicyclist;
- A bus driver’s negligent action or inaction that results in injury to passengers while standing, boarding, or exiting the bus.
Anyone who has been involved in any of these accidents should consult with a bus accident lawyer in Los Angeles as soon as possible.
Due to their larger size, bus accidents often result in severe injuries or even death. Bus accidents are caused by the same types of actions that cause personal automobile accidents, including speeding, driving under the influence, failure to yield the right of way, and running a red light. The following can also cause a bus accident:
- Driver fatigue
- A poorly maintained bus
- A bus with defective parts, including brakes or tires
- Driver inattention
Establishing Your Case
If you’ve been the victim of a bus accident, a Los Angeles bus accident attorney can help you determine whether you have a case against the bus driver, company, or government entity that maintains the vehicle involved. You’ll need to be able to prove that the driver or her employer was at fault, and that you were injured as a result.
Some bus accident cases are more complicated than a typical motor vehicle accident case because suing a government agency or employee can involve different standards. While a government bus driver is held to the same high standard of care while operating a vehicle as anyone employed as a driver, additional requirements may apply to the injured person bringing a claim. For example, bringing a claim against a state, county, or local government agency must be done in six months, as opposed to the standard two-year statute of limitations that normally applies in California.
This means that you and/or your bus accident attorney must file a claim as soon as possible after the accident in an attempt to recover money to compensate you for damages. If you have a valid claim, you may be able to receive compensation for:
- Medical bills that you’ve incurred and will incur in the future
- Lost wages and future loss of income
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Property damage
If you’ve been injured in a bus accident in the Los Angeles area, contact a Los Angeles bus accident lawyer today at 323-999-HELP. We offer free consultations and, in most cases, can help you get immediate medical care with no out-of-pocket expense.