Santa Clarita Bus Accident Lawyers
What to Do If You Are Injured in an Accident with a Bus
Like any other driver in California, bus drivers have a great deal of responsibility when they’re operating their vehicles. While they face more challenges than the average driver due to the immense size of what they’re driving, bus drivers also require a special license to operate these vehicles. In order to obtain this license, they must complete various training and safety courses that prove they are capable of operating such a vehicle.
However, bus accidents can and do still occur. For both bus passengers and motorists in other vehicles, these accidents can have devastating—or even deadly—consequences. Because buses often lack seatbelts, passengers can be thrown around the inside of the bus and become severely injured. And, because buses are so large and heavy, they can cause massive destruction and harm to those in smaller vehicles or individuals on bicycles or on foot.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a bus accident and has suffered injuries, you may be entitled to financial compensation. A skilled Santa Clarita bus accident attorney from the Law Offices of C. Ray Carlson can represent you in your claim. We have been serving clients throughout the Santa Clarita Valley and the Greater Los Angeles Area since 1980, and we are ready to fight for you.
Who Is at Fault for Bus Accidents?
In contrast to typical car accident cases, bus accident claims are often very complex due to the issues of fault and liability. Normally, when a driver is at fault for an accident, he or she is also liable for the injured party’s damages. However, because bus drivers are usually “on the clock” when these accidents happen, their employer could be liable for the incident. Respondeat superior rules state that employers can be liable for their employees’ conduct in certain circumstances.
Additionally, if a bus accident occurs due to outside factors, such as a defective bus part or the negligence of another motorist, determining liability becomes even more complicated. In fact, multiple parties could be partially liable in a given bus accident case.
Some of the many potentially liable parties include:
- Bus Drivers: Drivers who are poorly trained, inattentive, or careless could be liable for an accident. Additionally, when bus drivers break the law, such as by operating a bus while under the influence of alcohol, they can be held solely liable for a crash.
- Other Motorists: Negligent drivers that collide with a bus or force it to lose control can also be held responsible for any injuries or damages resulting from the crash. This might be the case when a motorist fails to yield the right-of-way or is driving while distracted.
- Bus Companies: Bus companies are responsible for regularly performing vehicle maintenance and complying with all government regulations and California laws. The bus company can even be liable if it is found that they are negligent regarding irregular repairs or maintenance.
- Manufacturers: Manufacturers, distributors, and others involved in the line of production who allow defective buses or bus parts onto the consumer market can be held liable when those defective buses or parts lead to accidents.
One of our experienced Santa Clarita bus accident attorneys can investigate your crash and determine who is at fault for your injuries and damages. From there, we can immediately begin building a strong case on your behalf.
Why Hire a Bus Accident Attorney?
Whether you’re a business professional on your way to work, a child on their way to school, or someone trying to help the environment, the bus is a great option for cost-effective transit. But what happens when the bus driver momentarily loses control, gets in an accident, or topples the bus?
Our Bus Accident Lawyers Will Help Walk You Through It All
One reason to work with a bus accident lawyer is because you probably never expected to be in this situation and, as such, know very little of what comes next or how to handle it. However, with a qualified bus accident lawyer on your side, you can go through the entire process smoothly, always be ahead of the game, and move on with your life and recovery with ease.
You Will Be Able to Focus on Recovery and Your Life
The next reason to work with a bus accident lawyer involves the actual recovery and rebuilding process. No matter how horrendous the accident was, you likely sustained at least a few injuries thanks to the lack of seatbelts and warning.
Because a bus accident lawyer knows the law and how to obtain the best compensation amount for your case, you can focus on recovery instead of bills and the stress of it all. To get a basic estimate of your compensation expectations, take a look at this compensation calculator and consult with your bus accident lawyer for validation.
Our Attorneys Can Help with Your Compensation Claim
The final reason to work with a bus accident lawyer is due to the fact that the compensation you ask for may be the only thing paying for your medical bills and your life post-accident. It is likely that you’ll have to take time off from work for recovery and physical therapy. In these situations, the compensation you accrue will help you land on your feet despite the many repercussions of the accident.
What Our Team Can Do for You
Whether you’ve been in a bus accident while driving a vehicle or were injured while riding in a bus, a bus accident lawyer from our firm can help. We have years of experience representing individuals that deserve fair and just compensation for their injuries. We fight to ensure the best possible outcome for their cases, efficiently and fairly. In our 40+ years in practice, we have successfully secured millions of dollars for our clients, something we are proud of because it shows the real ways in which we have been able to help our clients achieve justice and move forward with their lives.
We have the resources needed to investigate the cause of your accident. From there, we can work to gather evidence and witness testimony to make your case as strong as possible. A successful lawsuit offers victims like you the financial support you need and deserve with ease.
Request a Free Consultation Today
Because the government owns many bus companies, the statute of limitations is often shorter than regular motor vehicle accidents. As such, it is important that you reach out to us right away, as you only have a limited amount of time to file your bus accident claim. At the Law Offices of C. Ray Carlson, we take on private bus companies, as well as local municipalities and city entities in our pursuit of the justice our clients deserve.
We are available 24 hours a day to take your call and provide legal services in Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, and Tagalog. We provide all personal injury services on a contingency fee basis, meaning our attorneys only get paid if you do.
Give us a call today at (661) 765-8484 to learn more about how our team can help you file your bus accident claim in Santa Clarita or any of the surrounding areas.