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 2015, there were 263 fatal bus crashes, and 227 in 2016, a year-over-year decrease of 14%. In 2014, 11,000 buses were involved in injury-causing crashes, and 2% resulted in deaths. 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: