Buses are a common site across California. Hundreds of thousands of passengers use buses each year to travel from place to place. Some buses provide local transit around a city and service commercial districts, while others use buses as their way to commute to and from work. Still others choose to ride on a bus as they travel out of state to see loved ones. Whatever the reason, California residents are boarding buses in large numbers each year and that is a trend that is expected to continue in the coming years.
The majority of these individuals travel safely while aboard these buses but unfortunately, many sustain injuries every year in California bus crashes. Commonly these injuries are very severe, partially because passengers do not wear seat belts while riding on most buses. With several bus companies servicing Burbank and California as a whole, it may not be shocking that these bus crashes account for numerous injuries every year and unfortunately some might result in death. If you sustain an injury, be sure to consult with a Burbank bus accident lawyer ASAP.
What are some of the common causes of bus crashes?
Bus drivers encounter many of the same challenges as any motorist, in addition to a few other unique problems. Some common reasons for bus crashes include:
What injuries are common in bus crashes?
Just like any type of accident on Burbank roadways, the injuries from a bus crash may in part depend on the speed of travel and the size of the other vehicle or vehicles in the crash.
The most prevalent injuries consist of:
What legal rights are available to bus crash victims?
As a bus crash victim, the law may provide you one or more civil claims to pursue. The cases available will depend on the circumstances of a specific accident and who is at fault in the crash.
At Fault Third Parties
If another driver causes a collision with a bus while you are a passenger on that bus, you might have a claim against the other motorist for your injuries. If the other motorist does not have enough insurance coverage available for all of the injuries suffered in the collision or if the other driver has no insurance available at all, you might also have a right to bring an uninsured or underinsured case against your own insurance company or the bus company itself, if there is UM coverage available.
At Fault Bus Driver
On the other hand, if the crash is because of a negligent bus driver and you were either a bus passenger or in another vehicle, you may have a claim against the bus driver and the bus company. This holds true even if the bus owner is a municipality, like a city bus used for public transportation.
Safety Defects on a Bus
Finally, if the accident is caused by some defect in the bus itself and not by actions of any drivers, you might have a claim against the:
Any bus driver that is hurt in an accident may also have a claim for worker's compensation for their injuries.
The possibility of so many claims makes a bus accident case complicated and complex. Typically the more vehicles involved in the crash, the more complicated the claim( s). This is a reason that when picking a bus crash attorney in Burbank, you want to choose one with experience prosecuting personal injury cases.
What do I do after I'm involved in a bus accident?
You may be rattled and in a state of shock after being involved in a bus crash. But there are a few important things that you need to do before leaving the scene:
How much can I recoup financially after a bus crash?
The amount of money you may receive following a bus accident will depend a lot on the extent of your injuries. Generally, you might recover the costs of your:
Families who have lost a loved one in a Burbank bus crash might also collect for any care their loved one received prior to dying along with compensation for funeral and burial expenses, loss of companionship, and various other damages. Talk to an expert Burbank bus accident lawyer to learn all of your options.
Have you been hurt in a Burbank bus crash?
The Burbank bus accident attorneys at Drake Law Firm will work to help you get the financial recovery that you are entitled to. Bus crash damages might include: medical costs, disfigurement, pain and suffering, loss of normal life, loss of income, and more. We also aim to recuperate present and future costs when defending an accident victim.
Contact Drake Law Firm so I can answer any questions you may have and let you know what I can do to help. If you’re unable to visit our firm, we can come to your home or hospital room.