Bus Accident Lawyer in Van Nuys, CA

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Buses are a common site across California. Hundreds of thousands of commuters use buses each year to get from place to place. Some buses provide local transportation around a city and service commercial districts, while others use buses as their means to commute to and from work. Still others decide 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 every year and that is a trend that is expected to continue in the coming decades.

Most of these citizens travel safely while aboard these buses but unfortunately, many suffer injuries each year in California bus crashes. Often these injuries are very severe, in part because passengers do not use seat belts while riding on most buses. With a number of bus companies servicing Van Nuys and California in its entirety, it may not be shocking that these bus crashes account for many injuries annually and unfortunately some might result in death. If you sustain an injury, make sure to talk to a Van Nuys bus crash attorney ASAP.

What are Some of the Common Reasons for Bus Crashes?

Bus drivers face many of the same challenges as any motorist, in addition to a few other unique issues. Some common causes of bus crashes include:

  • Driver distraction-- Motorists who pay more attention to their phones or various other electronic devices are more prone to collisions. Because of the amount of occupants on buses, bus drivers also are more prone to passenger distractions than somebody operating a car.
  • Driver fatigue-- Similar to a truck driver, bus drivers have a schedule to meet. This frequently means they work long hours without taking adequate breaks. The loud environment of a bus can also wear on a driver.
  • Speeding-- To make their scheduled stops, drivers may ignore 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 appropriate training on the safest practices for operating a bus. The absence of training or inadequate training can lead to a driver mistake that can result in a crash.

What Injuries are Common in Bus Crashes?

As with any type of collision on Van Nuys streets, the injuries from a bus accident can partially 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 require 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 Crash Victim?

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

At Fault Third Parties

If another driver causes a crash 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 accident or if the other driver has no insurance available at all, you may also have a right to bring an uninsured or underinsured claim 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 accident is due to 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 collision is caused by some defect in the bus itself and not through actions of any drivers, you may have a claim against the:

  • manufacturer of the bus
  • seller of the bus
  • owner/operator of the bus
  • anyone who performed negligent maintenance while servicing the bus

Any bus driver that is hurt in a crash may also have a claim for worker's compensation for their injuries.

The possibility of so many claims makes a bus crash case complicated and complex. Typically the more vehicles involved in the accident, the more complex the claim(s). This is a reason that when choosing a bus accident lawyer in Van Nuys, 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 shaken and in a state of shock after being involved in a bus crash. However there are a few important things that you need to do before leaving the scene:

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

How Much Can I Recover Financially After a Bus Crash?

The amount of money you may collect following a bus accident will depend a great deal on the extent of your injuries. In general, you may recover the costs of your:

  • medical expenses
  • lost income
  • pain and suffering
  • loss of companionship
  • lost earning ability
  • damages caused by permanent disability or disfigurement

Families who have lost a loved one in a Van Nuys bus accident might also collect for any treatment their loved one received prior to dying along with compensation for funeral and burial expenses, loss of companionship, and various other damages. Speak with an experienced Van Nuys bus accident lawyer to learn all of your options.

Have You Been Hurt in a Van Nuys Bus Accident?

The Van Nuys bus crash attorneys at Drake Law Firm will strive to help you obtain the financial recovery that you are entitled to. Bus crash damages may consist of: medical costs, disfigurement, pain and suffering, loss of normal life, loss of income, and more. We additionally look to recuperate 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 Bus Accidents in Van Nuys, 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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