Buses transport millions of passengers every year and are an essential form of public transportation in the Southland. But with so many buses operating in and out of numerous cities, there are inevitable collisions and passenger injuries. If you were injured while using public transportation, there may be legal options available to you for receiving compensation.
Even if you weren’t at fault for a bus accident, the insurance company handling your claim will want to pay out as little as possible. Our Santa Ana bus accident attorneys at HN Injury Lawyers will negotiate on your behalf for the compensation you deserve. Contact us today at (657) 333-5726 for a free consultation.
Unlike cars that get into accidents, buses are owned by different companies and used as public transportation. A bus company is generally held liable in the event that its passengers are injured. Buses are considered “common carriers,” which operate under a special set of laws. Common carriers also include cruise ships, trains, planes, and trolleys. Common carriers are required to operate with “utmost care” to ensure the safety of their many passengers.
Since the “bus” is responsible for the safety and security of its passengers, the bus driver has a lot of responsibility Bus drivers shouldn’t be texting, checking their social media, or letting themselves zone out during a routine trip. Even if a bus driver did something wrong and caused a crash, the bus company’s insurer will still try to pay the lowest amount possible to the victims – or try to pass on liability altogether. It is therefore very important to have proof of your injuries and how they happened. An experienced lawyer can help you do that.
Like any other type of car collision, a bus may crash for several reasons. Maybe the bus didn’t get the repairs it needed, and the driver lost control. The company may be to blame for skipping vital maintenance. Or, maybe the negligent driver of another vehicle cut the bus off, forcing it off the road. Maybe the bus driver was engaged in distracted driving. Maybe the bus company did schedule repairs, but the mechanic failed to notice a defective part. It could be that a combination of people are to blame, which is why it is so important to investigate these kinds of accidents.
Depending on the nature your injury, you may be eligible for different types of compensation. These may include:
- Past and future medical treatment related to the crash
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Life care costs
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
If your loved one passed away in a bus accident, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim to recover funeral costs, loss of consortium, and more.
It is important to note that bus accident claims must be filed within a certain amount of time, since California has a “statute of limitations” on personal injury lawsuits. This means that your case will be barred after two years (or less, if the bus was being run by a government agency). Don’t wait to reach out to a legal expert who can walk you through the process in an efficient and timely manner.
Bus accidents can cause serious injuries and even wrongful death. The victims of such accidents are often entitled to compensation, because it is virtually never a passenger’s fault that a bus crashed.
If you have been struggling with costly medical treatment, lost wages, and other financial burdens after a bus-related injury, call us. Insurance companies never want to pay a fair amount; but we know all their tricks. Our team of Santa Ana personal injury attorneys will negotiate on your behalf for the compensation you deserve. Contact HN Injury Lawyers today at (657) 333-5726 for a free consultation.