Bus Accident Lawyer in North Hollywood CA

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Have You Been Injured in a Bus Crash?

Buses are a common site across California. Hundreds of thousands of passengers use buses each year to travel from place to place. Some buses offer 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 family or friends. Whatever the reason, California citizens are boarding buses in large numbers each year and that is a trend that is expected to continue in the coming decades.

Most of these individuals travel safely while aboard these buses but unfortunately, many sustain injuries each year in California bus accidents. Commonly these injuries are very serious, in part because commuters do not wear seat belts while riding on most buses. With several bus companies servicing North Hollywood and California as a whole, it might not be shocking that these bus crashes account for many injuries every year and unfortunately some may result in death. If you sustain an injury, be sure to speak with a North Hollywood bus crash lawyer ASAP.

What are some of the common reasons for bus accidents?

Bus drivers experience a lot of the same challenges as any driver, in addition to some other unique problems. Some common reasons for bus accidents involve:

  • Driver distraction-- Motorists who pay more attention to their phones or various other electronic devices are more prone to accidents. Because of the amount of passengers on buses, bus drivers also are more prone to passenger distractions than someone operating a car.
  • Driver fatigue-- Similar to a truck driver, bus drivers have a schedule to meet. This often means they work long hours without taking adequate breaks. The loud atmosphere 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-- A poorly maintained bus can crash due to a failing component.
  • Inadequate training-- Too often, drivers lack proper training on the safest practices for operating a bus. The lack of training or inadequate training can cause a driver mistake that can result in an accident.

What injuries are common in bus crashes?

Just like any type of collision on North Hollywood roads, the injuries from a bus accident may in part depend on the speed of travel and the size of the other vehicle or vehicles in the collision.

The most common injuries include:

  • 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 a bus accident victim?

As a bus crash victim, the law may provide you several civil claims to pursue. The cases available will depend on the circumstances of a particular accident and who is at fault in the crash.

At Fault Third Parties

If another motorist causes a crash with a bus while you are a passenger on that bus, you may have a claim against the other driver for your injuries. If the other motorist does not have sufficient insurance coverage available for all of the injuries suffered in the collision or if the other motorist has no insurance available at all, you might also have a right to bring an uninsured or underinsured claim against your own insurance provider or the bus company itself, if there is UM coverage available.

At Fault Bus Driver

On the other hand, if the accident is because of a negligent bus driver and you were either a bus passenger or in another vehicle, you might 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

Lastly, if the collision is caused by some defect in the bus itself and not through 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 who performed negligent maintenance while servicing the bus

Any bus driver that is hurt in an accident might 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. Often the more vehicles involved in the crash, the more complicated the claim( s). This is a reason that when choosing a bus crash lawyer in North Hollywood, you want to select one with experience prosecuting personal injury claims.

What do I do after I'm involved in a bus accident?

You might be shaken and in a state of shock after being involved in a bus crash. However there are a few important things that you should do before leaving the scene.

  • Call 911
  • Obtain witness information
  • Seek medical care
  • Call a bus accident attorney

How much can I recover financially after a bus accident?

The amount of money you might receive after a bus accident will depend a great deal on the seriousness of your injuries. In general, 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 that have lost a loved one in a North Hollywood bus crash can also collect for any treatment their loved one sustained before passing away along with compensation for funeral and burial costs, loss of companionship, and various other damages. Talk to an expert North Hollywood bus crash attorney to learn all of your options.

Have you been hurt in a North Hollywood Bus Accident?

The North Hollywood bus crash lawyers at Drake Law Firm will work to help you get the financial recovery that you deserve. Bus accident damages might include: medical costs, disfigurement, pain and suffering, loss of normal life, loss of income, and more. We also seek to recover present and future expenses when representing 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 North Hollywood, 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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