Although buses are one of the safest forms of transportation and ubiquitous in Los Angeles, bus accident lawyers are necessary when disaster strikes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that bus accidents represented 0.5 percent of fatal accidents in 2006; about two-thirds of these were collisions with other vehicles, while one-third were pedestrian accidents or rollover and roof crush related. But when buses do get into accidents, like the fatal Colusa Casino Tour Bus Crash on October 5, 2008, the results can be catastrophic, because schools, bus companies and transit agencies routinely offer no seat belts or other safety precautions at all. Passengers must simply trust their luck — and the bus driver — to keep them out of a serious bus accident.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a bus accident, contact Panish | Shea | Boyle | Ravipudi LLP Los Angeles bus accident lawyers. Our law firm offers free consultations, call 888-498-6487
The lack of standard safety measures is just part of what makes buses a potential hazard. Buses hit between 90 and 100 pedestrians in the United States every year, according to the NHTSA, in part because their routes take them to curbs and through pedestrian-dense areas. Bus drivers also tend to have poor visibility because of their vehicles’ large size and limited rear view. NHTSA statistics show that other vehicles are most likely to collide with the bus’s right side, suggesting problems with visibility during lane changes. In the case of school buses, impatient drivers may cause tragic accidents with young children if they fail to stop when the red lights are flashing. And buses’ extremely heavy weight — more than 10,000 pounds — means they’re much more likely to have a deadly rollover accident than a passenger car. If bus drivers or others on the road don’t take enough care, a group outing or everyday commute can turn into a massive tragedy.
Accidents involving a bus are quite often more severe than other auto accidents for many reasons, whether you are the driver or passenger in the bus itself, or another vehicle. This is due to the sheer size of the bus and its lack of safety devices such as seat belts. Whether you are a passenger in a bus, or the driver or passenger in the other vehicle involved in a bus accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries. The process for recovering compensation, however, can be challenging because it involves private third parties, and often the government. That is why you must call The Irwin Law Firm – we are experienced in handling bus accident claims.
Through our knowledge and experience in bus related incidents, we will walk you through the entire process, step by step to ensure you get everything you deserve including filing your lawsuit against the driver and any associated municipalities, assessing your losses and damages from the accident, and negotiating with associated insurance companies to get you the most compensation available.
If you have been injured in a Los Angeles bus accident, you may be able to recover compensation for the injuries, damages and losses you have sustained. Bus companies are public carriers that have a duty of care or a legal responsibility to ensure the safe transport of their passengers. An experienced Los Angeles bus accident lawyer will be able to help you better understand your legal rights and options.
Bus accident victims in Los Angeles are left with major injuries ranging from broken bones and head injuries to burns and even paralysis. In some of these cases, victims may need ongoing treatment and lifelong care. Victims may no longer be able to return to work or earn a livelihood.
Our bus accident lawyers will help ensure that you have a vocal advocate on your side fighting for your rights against bus companies or government transit agencies, who have powerful lawyers on their side. We will help take care of the paperwork to be filed in court, the deadlines and documentation so you can focus on your health and recovery.
We will also help you determine the value of their bus accident claim and help you secure maximum compensation for damages including: