California Bus Accidents: What to Do If You Have Been Injured

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Types of Bus Accidents

The consequences of all types of bus accidents can be significant, both to passengers and other motorists. Bus accidents can involve any type of bus, including greyhound buses, inner city buses, tour buses, school buses, charter buses, and casino buses. Not all bus accidents are solo-vehicle accidents. Collisions with other cars, trucks, motorcycles, pedestrians, bicyclists and even other buses can also result in serious injury or death. Bus passengers can also be injured in while boarding or unloading from a bus, or in a slip and fall accident on a bus while a bus is moving.


Common Causes of Bus Accidents

Common causes of bus accidents include driver negligence and distraction, speeding, drug or alcohol use, fatigue dangerous road conditions, improper vehicle maintenance, and poor driving for weather conditions. No matter what the cause, bus passengers are almost never at fault for a bus accident. As innocent parties, passengers are entitled to compensation from the party or parties responsible for bus accidents.


Compensation for Bus Accident Injuries

Regardless of whether the company was public or private, the bus company, as a "common carrier," has a responsibility to keep you safe. If you have been hurt, or a member of your family has died in a California bus accident, you are entitled to compensation. Injuries from bus accidents can be severe and life-changing; the compensation you receive can cover medical expenses related to the accident, future medical expenses, money lost as a result of not being able to work, and compensation for pain and suffering. Note: by law you only have a limited time to file a claim. The time period may differ depending on the parties involved. Contact a California personal injury attorney for a review of your situation and to determine your legal rights.


What To Do After a Bus Accident

Your first priority after any accident should be to seek immediate medical attention for you or any of your loved ones involved in an accident. After you've had a full medical evaluation and acute treatment for your injuries, contact an experienced California personal injury lawyer. Your attorney can help preserve evidence, collect information from witnesses, and conduct an independent investigation as to the cause of the crash, and what parties may be liable. Multiple parties may be responsible for the crash including the bus company, the service and maintenance company responsible for servicing and repairing the bus, state and local government, and the manufacturers of the bus and its mechanical parts. If you were injured in a tour bus accident, the tour company may be legally responsible. The bus driver and even the company that trained the driver how to operate a bus may also be responsible.


How A California Bus Accident Attorney Can Help

Bus accident litigation can be complicated, due to the unique liability issues involved. If you or a member of your family has been injured in any bus accident in California, contact an attorney. You may be entitled to substantial compensation for your injuries, lost wages and pain and suffering. An attorney can be a powerful advocate; most injury claims handled by attorneys result in a much higher settlement than when a victim handles a claim on their own.

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