Los Angeles Bus Accident Attorneys
Bus Accident Claims in Southern California
Each year, bus accidents kill over 200 Americans and injure thousands more. According to data collected by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration between 2008 and 2018, of all U.S. buses involved in fatal crashes, city buses accounted for 12% of deaths, transit buses accounted for 35%, and school buses for 40%.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bus accident in Southern California, it is essential that you receive prompt medical care and the funds to fully cover it. Our Los Angeles bus accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Gary Berkovich have decades of experience doing just that. We have secured quality treatment and just compensation for numerous clients over the years and are standing by to help you next. Whether you were hurt while riding a tour bus as a passenger, your child was hurt while riding the school bus, or your vehicle was struck by a city bus, we will fight for you.
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Types of Bus Accidents
Like other traffic accidents, bus crashes can result in minor to severe property damage and injuries depending on factors such as speed, weather, visibility, and driver error. Whether your accident involved a bus carrying commuters, students, or tourists, we have you covered.
We represent clients who have been involved in all kinds of bus accidents, including those involving:
- Public transit busses
- School busses
- 15-passenger busses
- Tour busses
- Shuttle buses
- And more
An accident with a bus can lead to very serious and potentially life-threatening injuries, due to a bus’s large size, lack of safety restraints, and tendency to roll over. Therefore, it important to know who is liable for the crash in order to bring a lawsuit against the responsible person or organization.
What to Do After a Bus Accident
If you find yourself involved in a California bus accident:
- Seek medical attention: If you or anyone involved in the accident has been seriously injured, call 911 before doing anything else. If no one requires immediate care, remain on the scene long enough to take care of the following steps, and then head to a doctor. You may not feel in pain or have any visible wounds, but internal injuries—including brain damage—can be hard to pick up on at first, especially if you are in shock. A trip to the doctor right after your crash could save you a lot of trouble in the long run.
- Call the police: Report the accident to law enforcement yourself or have the bus driver contact the authorities if you are a passenger. The police will document the details of the crash and conduct an investigation into how it occurred.
- Document the crash scene: Obtain the contact and insurance information of any drivers involved in the crash and ask witnesses for their contact info as well. Also, take pictures and/or video of the crash site if you can. Photograph any injuries, property damage, tire skid marks, and other cars involved in the crash.
- Protect your legal rights: Even if you ultimately decide not to take legal action, there are some important things to keep in mind if you have been in a crash that will protect your claim. First, never admit fault or apologize—saying “sorry” out of politeness can be taken as an admission of guilt. Next, do inform your insurance carrier of the accident, but don’t sign or agree to anything yet. Finally, if the at-fault driver’s insurance company calls you, do not speak to them. Direct them to your lawyer instead.
You can contact an attorney for a free consultation to discuss the specific facts of your case and get further legal advice tailored to your situation. At Law Offices of Gary Berkovich, our Los Angeles bus accident lawyers have a thorough understanding of the ins and out of such claims. We can answer all your questions and concerns at no obligation or risk to you.
If you or a loved one has sustained serious injury or suffered wrongful death, you can file a lawsuit against the liable party to cover your losses. A lawsuit will allow you to claim compensation for all your accident-related expenses, such as medical bills and lost wages, ensuring you are fully covered. However, you must first identify who is responsible for the accident.
The following entities may be held liable in a bus crash:
- Bus driver: If the accident was caused by human error on the part of the person driving the bus, they can be held liable for damages.
- School: When a school bus crash occurs, liability is typically shared with the school that employs the driver.
- Organization: When a crash occurs involving a tour bus or another type of commercial company vehicle, that organization will likely be held responsible in addition to or instead of the driver (depending on the cause of the accident).
- City/state government: When a bus operated by the government crashes, you may be able to hold the agency in charge of local public transit responsible. Accident claims against the government have a shorter statute of limitations than other accident claims, however, so make sure you start your claim right away.
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