Frequently Asked Questions About Bus Accidents
In California, hundreds of Angelenos rely on public transportation to get around the city, to school, from events, or to work. It is the bus driver and company’s responsibility to ensure the vehicle gets driven safely. Operators have a duty of care to passengers and accompanying drivers on the road. When accidents occur from negligent behavior it could cost you thousands in medical expenses and cause unforeseen changes to your quality of life.
The impact of a bus accident can leave you with more than one injury or impairment. Most victims suffer permanent brain or spinal injuries from the sudden impact of a severe crash. Expensing for an accident that you share no fault in is hardly fair to you or your family. Before you hire an attorney to help you navigate the complexities of your bus accident case, we answer frequently asked questions to get you started.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Bus Accidents?
Despite being one of the most secure ways of getting around, there is still a spike in bus injuries each year. Bus accidents can get caused by numerous contributing factors, like:
- Old buses with outdated equipment
- Bus driver negligence
- Dangerous roadways
- Bad weather conditions
- Inadequate security
- Defective products and improper maintenance
- Lack of bus driver training
Is The Bus Company Liable for The Injuries of The Passengers?
Public and private bus companies are responsible for maintaining each vehicle, hiring qualified drivers, and properly training them to do the job. By the time you get on the bus, it should be operating and working in good condition free from defective risks. An experienced attorney will determine whether the company is liable and how you should proceed based on the evidence of your case.
Are Bus Accident Victims Entitled to Compensation?
Yes! Whether you were injured as a passenger, bus operator, innocent pedestrian, or were driving another vehicle involved, a personal injury attorney can pursue your case. You may be entitled to recover for:
- Wrongful death
- Past and future medical bills
- Past and future lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Mental and emotional disability
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Lifecare expenses
- Property loss
- Vocational rehabilitation
- Loss of consortium
- Workers’ compensation
- Punitive damages
What is the Statute of Limitations for an Adult to File a Claim?
In California, the statute of limitations for any personal injury claim is two years from the date of the accident. However, you have a shorter time to act for claims against government workers, like public bus operators. You must file a report within six months instead.
Does the Period Extend for Minors?
Yes! The statutory period does get extended for victims younger than 18. A bus accident lawyer might be able to extend the period, allowing them more time to file a lawsuit depending on the injury.
What Evidence is Required for a Personal Injury Claim?
Medical Records: Medical records are an integral part of the case. It proves that you sustained injuries directly from the bus accident.
Medical Bills: Emergency medical expenses and ongoing care for your injuries should be incorporated into your claim. The defendant should pay for out-of-pocket expenses that your insurer hasn’t covered.
Police Report Copy: In a bus accident, you’re likely to be one of several other victims. Never leave the scene of an accident without talking to a police officer. This also serves as vital evidence showing that the accident led to your injuries.
Witness Statements or Reference Numbers: Did you exchange information with other passengers or bystanders? If so, we can interview them for statements of what occurred before, during and after the accident.
When Is It Best to Reach Out to A Lawyer to File an Injury Claim?
Always reach out to a bus crash attorney after you receive medical treatment. While we urge victims to take as much time as they need, we also encourage them to act sooner than later. At Grey Law, we start with a free consultation to review your case. We would then advise you on the best course of action while we act on your behalf.
About Grey Law
“When it comes to getting you more, I won’t settle for less.” – David Grey
When you or a loved one are injured due to negligence, carelessness, or wrongful acts of another person, David Grey is ready to help. Seeking compensation or negotiating with insurance companies can be stressful, especially while recovering. Let us do that for you. Our Los Angeles personal injury lawyers are well-versed in several practice areas:
- Traffic Accidents
- Premises Accidents
- Personal Injuries
- Product Liability
- Nursing Home Abuse
We have 35+ years of experience and secured millions for our clients. From the time you retain our firm, we build your case. For a free case evaluation and consultation, reach out to us at 323-768-0497 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.