Have You Been Injured in a Bus Accident?
Buses are a common site throughout California. Hundreds of thousands of passengers use buses each year to travel from place to place. Some buses offer local transportation around a city and service commercial districts, while others use buses as their means to commute to and from work. Still others choose to ride on a bus as they travel out of state to see family or friends. Whatever the reason, California citizens are boarding buses in large numbers each year and that is a pattern that is expected to continue in the coming years.
The majority of these residents travel safely while aboard these buses but unfortunately, many suffer injuries each year in California bus crashes. Often these injuries are very significant, in part because passengers do not use seat belts while riding on most buses. With several bus companies servicing San Gabriel and California in its entirety, it might not be shocking that these bus crashes account for many injuries annually and unfortunately some may result in death. If you sustain an injury, be sure to consult with a San Gabriel bus crash attorney ASAP.
What Are Some of the Common Causes of Bus Accidents?
Bus drivers experience many of the same challenges as any driver, plus a few other unique problems. Some common reasons for bus accidents involve:
Driver distraction-- Motorists who pay more attention to their phones or other electronic devices are much more prone to crashes. Because of the amount of passengers on buses, bus drivers also are more prone to passenger distractions than somebody operating a car.
Driver fatigue-- Similar to a truck driver, bus drivers have a schedule to meet. This frequently means they work long hours without taking adequate breaks. The loud atmosphere of a bus can also wear on a driver.
Speeding-- To make their scheduled stops, drivers might disregard speed limits or road conditions due to inclement weather.
Vehicle maintenance-- A poorly maintained bus can crash because of a failing part.
Inadequate training-- Too often, drivers do not have proper training on the safest methods for operating a bus. The lack of training or inadequate training can lead to a driver error that can cause a crash.
What Injuries Are Common in Bus Accidents?
As with any type of accident on San Gabriel roads, the injuries from a bus accident might in part depend on the speed of travel and the size of the other vehicle or vehicles in the collision.
The most common injuries consist of:
What Legal Rights are Available to a Bus Crash Victim?
As a bus accident victim, the law might provide you one or more civil cases to pursue. The claims available will rely on the circumstances of a specific crash and who is at fault in the crash.
At-Fault Third Parties
If another driver causes an accident with a bus while you are an occupant on that bus, you may have a claim against the other motorist for your injuries. If the other motorist does not have sufficient insurance coverage available for all of the injuries suffered in the accident or if the other driver has no insurance available at all, you might also have a right to bring an uninsured or underinsured claim against your own insurance company or the bus company itself, if there is UM coverage available.
At-Fault Bus Driver
Alternatively, if the accident is due to a negligent bus driver and you were either a bus passenger or in another vehicle, you might have a claim against the bus driver and the bus company. This holds true even if the bus owner is a municipality, like a city bus used for public transportation.
Safety Defects on a Bus
Finally, if the crash is caused by some defect in the bus itself and not through actions of any drivers, you may have a claim against the:
Any bus driver that is hurt in an accident might also have a claim for worker's compensation for their injuries.
The possibility of so many claims makes a bus crash case complicated and complex. Often the more vehicles involved in the collision, the more complicated the case( s). This is a reason that when selecting a bus accident lawyer in San Gabriel, you want to select one with experience prosecuting personal injury cases.
What Do I Do After I'm Involved in a Bus Crash?
You may be shaken and in a state of shock after being involved in a bus crash. But there are a few important things that you should do before leaving the scene.
How much can I recover financially after a bus accident?
The amount of money you might receive following a bus accident will depend a lot on the seriousness of your injuries. Generally, you might recover the costs of your:
Families that have lost a loved one in a San Gabriel bus accident might also collect for any treatment their loved one sustained before passing away along with compensation for funeral and burial expenses, loss of companionship, and other damages. Speak with an experienced San Gabriel bus accident lawyer to learn all of your options.
Have You Been Injured in a San Gabriel Bus Crash?
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