Our California bus accident attorneys help you recover the maximum settlement for your bus-related injuries. Victims in bus accident cases can include bus passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists, fellow motorists and their passengers.
Here are five key things to know:
- Most bus accident lawsuits involve a negligence claim against the driver for violating state traffic laws.
- The bus company – which has the deepest pockets – is usually vicariously liable for the driver’s negligence.
- There may be a product liability claim against the bus’s manufacturer if any of the vehicle’s parts were defective.
- Victims can also sue the government if poorly maintained roads or signs contributed to the crash.
- The vast majority of bus accident cases settle without having to go to trial.
The Shouse Law Group is a California-based personal injury law firm that works tirelessly for all our clients and seeks to get you the biggest settlement possible. Keep reading for more information on how our California bus collision attorneys can help you.
Who are common defendants in bus accident cases?
Depending on the facts of a case, our California personal injury lawyers often name the following parties as defendants in bus accident cases:
- a bus company (for example, Greyhound),
- school districts (for example, in school bus accidents),
- government entities,
- private companies and private motor vehicle drivers,
- bus manufacturers, and
- parties responsible for bus maintenance.
We can also sue the bus driver individually, though they are often judgment-proof. It makes more sense to target other at-fault party with larger financial reserves.
What if I partly caused the bus accident?
You can still recover damages. Under California’s comparative negligence laws, your financial recovery would just be reduced in proportion to your degree of fault.
Example: Jack is driving a bus when he falls asleep and rams into a pedestrian, Tammy. Tammy’s personal injury case goes to trial, where the jury determines she sustained $100,000 worth of damages but that she was 50% at fault because she was jaywalking. Under California law, Tammy could then recover 50% of the damages, which in this case would be $50,000.
What are common bus accidents causes, injuries, and damages?
Bus Accidents AT-A-GLANCE
||Economic damages (which can be easily calculated):
Non-economic damages (which are more difficult to calculate):
Wrongful death damages:
Just in 2020, the U.S. had 155 fatal bus accidents, resulting in 176 deaths. Only sixteen of them were bus occupants, which shows that the typical victims in a bus accident are people sharing the road in smaller, family cars that do not stand a chance against large passenger vehicles.1
What is the role of a personal injury lawyer in a bus accident case?
The five primary functions our California bus accident lawyers play in your personal injury case are:
- assisting in you receiving immediate medical care and managing your medical treatment,
- advising you on your legal rights and options,
- finding evidence to help prove liability and hiring experts to help explain this evidence to a judge or jury,
- filing a personal injury claim with the insurance company of the at-fault parties and filing a lawsuit if necessary, and
- negotiating an injury claim with an insurance adjuster that covers all of your damages.
What are the benefits of a California bus accident lawyer?
Our bus injury lawyers help you maximize the compensation for your losses. We know how much an accident case is worth, and therefore, will not accept lowball settlement offers from insurance companies and at-fault parties.
We can also uncover hidden value in a case (for example, by identifying more than one negligent party). As a result, we help increase your payout.
Our bus crash attorneys also manage your case (including all the paperwork and filings) from the moment of taking it on. You then have the benefit of being able to focus on your health and healing.
Furthermore, our consultation is free, and you pay us nothing unless we win, so you have everything to gain and nothing to lose.
For additional help…
If you or a loved one was injured in a bus accident, we invite you to contact our California personal injury lawyers. Our attorneys and legal team provide both consultations and legal advice you can trust. We work tirelessly to get you the maximum compensation available for your case.
Note, too, that our communications are protected by the attorney-client relationship. The result is that our bus injury lawyers cannot disclose these communications without first getting your consent.
- Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Large Truck and Bus Facts 2020. See also U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics website, “Transportation Fatalities by Mode.” See Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website, “Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts.” For information on school bus accidents, see National Safety Council website, “School Bus Injury Facts.”