Bus Accident Attorney in Los Angeles
Trusted Airport Bus, Amtrak Bus, School Bus & Tour Bus Accident Attorney
Public transportation is generally safe, but bus accidents do happen and can result in serious injuries. An accident can result in significant emotional, physical, and financial challenges. If you’ve been injured in an accident, our Los Angeles bus accident attorney can represent you or a loved one and maximize the financial recovery you may receive. Contact the Los Angeles personal injury attorneys at The Law Offices of Jacob Emrani today!
What Qualifies as a Bus?
A bus, according to federal law, is a motorized vehicle with a capacity for over 10 passengers. The Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards recognize buses as common carriers used by the general public, who pay a fare to use their services. Bus operators and drivers are required by law to provide a high standard of care for passengers. They’re also subject to licensing requirements and regulations put forth at the state and federal level.
According to California Civil Code 2100, Article 2, Carriage for Reward, enacted by the California Legislature in 1872, states that any carrier that transports people for a profit must take utmost care and diligence regarding their safety. The carrier must take all necessary measures to execute that purpose while exercising the skill needed to safely transport passengers. Other sections of Article 2 cover vehicle fitness, overcrowding and overloading, and treatment of passengers.
Bus Accident Statistics
As strictly regulated as buses are, accidents happen, although most qualified bus drivers go their daily routes with no incidents. In fact, fatal accidents are rare compared to cars. With cars, the rate is 11.3 fatalities per billion miles, while for buses this number is 0.14 fatalities per billion miles.
In 2019, there were 2,734 fatal large truck and bus crashes with a total of 122,331 vehicles that were damaged or wrecked. Serious injuries increased from 60,000 in 2009 to 119,000 in 2016. Overall, the injury rate is increasing, possibly because of distracted driving attributed to the use of cell phones and other devices by bus drivers.
Negligence, which may be due to distractions and other factors, can be proven by the evidence you provide and the experience of bus accident attorneys.
What Are the Common Causes of Bus Accidents?
Most of the time, speed is not a factor, as most buses don’t travel on highways (except for intercity, tour, and charter buses). Our Los Angeles bus accident attorneys can represent clients injured in accidents related to:
Types of Buses & Accidents
Who May Be Responsible for a Bus Accident?
Bus accidents are often complex events. Multiple parties may be at fault, which is why shared fault may impact how lawsuits are conducted. A suit may, therefore, involve multiple defendants and result in splitting damages between various parties.
Who Are the Typical Victims of Bus Accidents?
Damages in a Bus Accident
Common Bus Accident Related Injuries
Bus accident injuries range from mild-to-moderate trauma to severe, life-threatening conditions that result in death or significant impairments. Whiplash is a common injury for bus passengers and occurs when the neck snaps forward due to the momentum of a victim’s body. It can cause serious injuries to the neck. If the spinal column is injured, damage to the spinal cord, vertebrae, and spinal discs can cause permanent damage and paralysis.
Impacts with a bus seat, roof, or object can cause head injuries such as lacerations or a concussion, which can potentially trigger a traumatic brain injury. The symptoms range from blurred vision and trouble concentrating to confusion, memory loss, and loss of motor function. Other common injuries include broken bones, internal bleeding, and internal organ damage. Our bus accident lawyers in Los Angeles are also familiar with various types of bruises and post-traumatic stress disorder, which can cause depression, anxiety, sleep problems, and other issues.
Other injuries may include:
Truck Accident FAQs
The Law Offices of Jacob Emrani
As bus ridership has increased in recent decades, accident and injury rates have increased despite improvements to highways and transit systems. The Law Offices of Jacob Emrani will defend any client injured in a bus accident. Experienced in bus accident litigation in Los Angeles, our legal team can take on bus companies and their powerful insurers and recover damages that can financially compensate you for a personal injury and its impacts on your life.
The Law Offices of Jacob Emrani serves all of Los Angeles, Orange County, Ventura County, San Diego County, the Inland Empire, and cities in Northern California including San Francisco, Oakland, and Sacramento. Our representatives are flexible and can set up meetings at your home or office in the communities we serve. We have succeeded in filing many bus accident claims and winning cases so clients receive damages they’re entitled to under California law.
Whether you or a loved one is the victim of a tour bus accident, Greyhound bus accident, or other incident involving a common carrier or its operator, the Los Angeles bus accident attorneys at The Law Offices of Jacob Emrani are here to help. Browse our FAQs and other resources for information. For a case consultation and/or evaluation, contact us at 888-952-2952 or via our electronic message system today.
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