There are countless circumstances that can lead to a bus accident and when they do, a bus accident lawyer from our firm, Welebir | Tierney, will be there to help in the aftermath. Bus accidents are not uncommon and in fact, many individuals have suffered serious injuries and even death.
Bus accidents are typically caused by:
Collisions involving buses often require special legal considerations and can be vastly different from accidents between private passenger vehicles. Our San Bernardino personal injury attorneys are deeply familiar with these claims and have helped numerous clients in your situation. There may be only one chance to secure compensation and your settlement must account for missed work, pain & suffering, medical expenses, and any projected costs. Whether you have been struck by a bus or were riding a bus during a crash, our firm can help to maximize your compensation by communicating precisely how an accident has affected you. If you have been injured through no fault of your own, contact Welebir | Tierne and rest assured knowing that your case is in qualified hands.
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Determining liability in a bus accident can be influenced by whether a bus is privately owned such as a tour bus or government owned and operated such as a city or school bus. Accidents with a private bus typically fall under “common carrier liability” which defines regulations for companies or private entities that profit from the transportation of people or goods. Depending on the nature of an accident, multiple parties may be found liable for damages including both the driver and the bus company. For example, if a driver is fatigued and falls asleep at the wheel, they may be liable for resulting damages. On the other hand, if an accident was caused by the failure of a business to adequately service and repair vehicles, victims may sue the company. In certain cases, such as when a road has fallen into extreme disrepair, the owner or operator of that property may be liable. No two accidents are alike and if you have questions about the details of your case, do not hesitate to contact our firm.
Bus accidents often involve government agencies because many of the buses operating on the streets and highways are vehicles owned by either the city or county. If the bus driver causes an accident with another motor vehicle, both the bus passengers and the occupants of the vehicle will have a claim against the government for their injuries. The government agency responsible for the bus will also be legally responsible for accidents involving bicyclists and pedestrians.
Almost half a million school buses transport 24 million students to and from school, or school related activities, each school day. Since 1990, 407,000 fatal traffic accidents have occurred in the United States. School bus related accidents account for one-third of one percent of these deaths.
Welebir | Tierney has extensive experience in handling both types of cases. We have successfully concluded cases involving charter bus collisions to popular destinations like Las Vegas and Southern California Ski Resorts.
Other types of bus injury cases include:
Our personal injury attorneys handle bus accidents that include passenger accidents caused by broadside collisions, left turn collisions, rear end accidents, sudden braking, and other accidents leading to bus passenger injuries or death. We have years of successful handling of such cases and have reached well over tens of millions of dollars of settlements for our injured clients.
The catastrophic damage that can be caused by a bus accident can leave many unable to work. Without the steady source of income, there is no way to pay for daily expenses let alone healthcare costs. You should not be left to deal with the financial ramifications of an accident that you did not cause.
Medical costs can be incredibly high and it is near impossible for many to pay for prescriptions, hospital bills and any additional long term care that may be needed. If you’ve suffered any of these types of injuries you deserve compensation. Our firm will be with you every step of the way because we understand how difficult this time can be for you and your loved ones.
The aftermath of a bus collision usually results in:
Due to the nature of bus related accidents, serious injuries that lead to death are common. Those that are riding on the bus will oftentimes not have the option of a seat belt available. In the event of an accident, there is nothing to restrain them from flying forward and becoming fatally injured. On the flip side, a vehicle that is involved in an accident with a bus can suffer monumental damage. The sheer mass of a bus will typically leave the car crushed and those inside severely impaired or killed. If your loved one has been killed in this kind of accident, you may be able to hold the liable parties responsible.
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If you were a passenger on a bus that was involved in an accident or you were struck by a bus, you have rights. The bus company is responsible for providing you with safe transportation. The bus company must think of the passengers’ safety at all times.
When you contact us, we can start reviewing all aspects of your claim to determine if you have a personal injury case. If you do, we can start developing a plan aimed at gaining compensation to cover your cost of injuries or any additional costs that have resulted.
Call our team today at (909) 764-3335.