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Bus accidents can happen any day, and they can cause anywhere from minor injuries such as bruises to catastrophic injuries such as brain injury and death. If you have been involved in a bus accident, a competent bus accident lawyer can help you determine what caused the bus accident so the correct parties can be identified and a case can be made against them for damages resulting from the bus accident.
If you are involved in a bus accident, you need a bus accident attorney who is able to investigate the crash, navigate through the numerous rules and regulations that apply to buses on the road, communicate effectively with the insurance companies involved so that you can get the compensation due to you. In 2019 there have been multiple bus crashes as well as crashes involving travel vans throughout Southern California. When a bus accident occurs and injured victims seek justice and compensation, the legal process can be extremely complex. Bus accident lawyers with experience in these cases can significantly reduce the anxiety of victims and their families.
When an experienced bus accident attorney is involved in the case, they will look at things such as: Was the bus driver qualified to drive the bus? Was he under the influence of any alcohol or drugs? Was he exhausted from working to much? What was the weather like at the time of the accident? Was the bus adequately maintained and properly serviced for critical items such as brakes? Was there a mechanical failure? Was the condition of the road safe? Did another unsafe driver contribute to the accident? Did the bus company research the driver’s background effectively? Was the organization monitoring its employees adequately? Were sub-contractors equipped for the tasks they were assigned? Answers to these types of questions often require substantial investigation from the bus accident lawyer you select.
A main source of anxiety for those victims in need of compensation may be the defendants and the massive resources they often allocate to fighting such lawsuits. Large insurers have a vested interest in fighting these cases. They may offer a settlement to keep you from going to trial but, often, the settlements, if they are offered at all, will fall short of fair. The defendants and insurance companies typically want to pay the least amount of money possible. Attorneys with resources and experience in such cases are crucial because the bus manufacturer, bus component manufacturers, maintenance companies, the bus operating company and a municipal, county, state or the federal government may all have some liability after a bus accident. Some or all of them will have insurers that want to settle for as little as possible or fight the case in court. Some of these entities have millions of dollars to dedicate to legal defense. Bus accident attorneys for the plaintiffs must have the strength to stand up against these insurance companies.
In addition to having multiple responsible parties, bus accidents may also involve multiple injuries. These injuries can vary from small bruises to traumatic brain injury, wrongful death, damage to property and to other vehicles on the road. Bus crashes are rarely minor and victims often need long-term medical attention. To obtain a fair settlement or judgment, your bus accident attorney needs to perform a thorough independent investigation and this often means collecting, organizing and analyzing mountains of evidence. If a governmental agency operated the bus, the bureaucracy can become even more challenging. But even if the bus was operated by a private company, a governmental body may have some responsibility for the accident if road conditions were not maintained to an acceptable standard. Obtaining compensation for a bus accident victim may require compensation from more than one source. Recent examples indicate the complexity of such lawsuits we see as bus accident attorneys.
A bus is considered to be a motor vehicle designed primarily to transport nine or more people including the driver. In March of 2019, the U.S. Department of Transportation put out its 107 page report titled “LARGE TRUCK AND BUS CRASH FACTS 2017”. The report sets forth detailed statistics about bus accident crashes, and you can easily see by reviewing the report why you need a competent, qualified bus accident attorney. In 2017, it is reported that 4,889 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes which is a 9% increase from 2016. In 2017, 73 school buses and 13 intercity buses involved in fatal crashes. This does not include the numerous bus accidents where people were injured. Approximately 480,000 school buses carry 25 million children each day. This makes the bus industry the largest form of mass transit in the USA. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2016, there were approximately 687,000 bus drivers.
Bus crashes in Lancaster, Fresno, Los Alamos and Bakersfield shed light on just how many accidents there have been already in 2019. These bus accidents are nothing new. On January 18, 2019, an Amtrak bus carrying 24 passengers went out of control and crashed overturning on its side. 7 people were taken to the hospital and many others were injured on the scene. The driver was later arrested for driving under the influence of a controlled substance. In Bakersfield, CA, a school bus carrying approximately 50 students crashed on March 13, 2019. The bus had no seatbelts for its passengers. A few days later, on March 24, 2019 in Fresno, a Greyhound bus crashed with 35 passengers and many were transported to the hospital. Again, the driver was arrested on suspicion of DUI. On April 6, 2019, a chartered travel van carrying multiple people rolled over and 2 people were air lifted to a hospital and 10 others were taken to the hospital.
All of the recent crashes indicate the complexity of such litigation. For instance, there have been incidents were a crash involved a California-based bus that was manufactured in another state and operated by a company in yet another state and insured by a company based, likely, in yet another state. The driver of the bus may be liable but a bus operation company is obligated to make sure their equipment is safe and their employees are of the highest quality. The multiple sources of liability will all have their own legal defenses ready to go. The victims need the right bus accident law firm with resources and experience.
Bus accidents in Los Angeles and Southern California are going to continue to occur. When these accidents happen, the victims need competent bus accident lawyers like Patrick Bailey and Keith Lovendosky at Bailey & Partners who know how to deliver substantial results. Please call 310 392 5000 for a FREE case evaluation.