Bus Accident Lawyer in Burbank CA

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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:

  • Driver distraction-- Drivers who pay more attention to their phones or various other electronic devices are much more prone to accidents. Because of the amount of occupants on buses, bus drivers also are more susceptible to passenger distractions than somebody operating a car.
  • Driver fatigue-- Much like a truck driver, bus drivers have a schedule to meet. This often means they work long hours without taking sufficient breaks. The loud environment of a bus can also wear on a driver.
  • Speeding-- To make their scheduled stops, drivers might disregard speed limits or road conditions due to inclement weather.
  • Vehicle maintenance-- An improperly maintained bus can crash because of a failing component.
  • Insufficient training-- Too often, drivers do not have proper training on the safest methods for operating a bus. The lack of training or poor training can result in a driver error that can result in an accident.

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:

  • Fractures (broken bones) that need surgical repair
  • Head and brain injuries
  • Back & neck injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Scars and lacerations
  • Wrongful Death

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:

  • manufacturer of the bus
  • seller of the bus
  • owner/operator of the bus
  • anybody that performed negligent maintenance while servicing the bus

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:

  • Call 911
  • Get witness information
  • Seek medical care
  • Consult with a bus accident lawyer

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:

  • medical bills
  • lost wages
  • pain and suffering
  • loss of companionship
  • lost earning capacity
  • damages caused by long-term disability or disfigurement

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.

At Drake Law Firm, we've assisted numerous personal injury clients to get the compensation they require to recover. We won't let you accept unfair treatment from other law firms and we will defend you from beginning to end. If you need help with a Bus Accident Lawyer in Burbank, California, give us a call at (844) 513-7253 for a FREE consultation or visit our website at DrakeLawGroup.com to get started on your case today! 

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