People rely on buses every day. We expect buses to arrive and depart relatively on time and to get us to the places we need to go safely. Unfortunately, this isn’t always what happens. California bus accidents don’t happen every day, but when they do, the victims are often left with serious injuries, emotional pain, and massive medical bills. It’s vital that you act quickly to preserve your rights if you or loved ones have been injured in a bus accident. It’s highly likely that the bus company’s attorneys and investigators will question you and ask you to sign off on waivers releasing them from responsibility. Fortunately, you may be able to recover compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages with the help of a personal injury attorney from Workers’ Advocate Law Group.
Common Causes Of Bus Accidents
Accidents involving public and private bus services and school buses are often extremely serious. Each bus accident case is unique and there are countless factors that contribute to these collisions, and the victims can suffer a variety of severe injuries. Some of the most common bus accident causes include:
- Reckless Driving.
- Condition of the Bus.
- Distracted or Intoxicated Driving.
- Bus driver fatigue from working too many hours.
- Bus driver error, such as running red lights, failing to yield right-of-way, etc.
- Inadequate inspection and maintenance, which leads to mechanical malfunctions.
What To Do If You Were In A Bus Accident
Injured victims involved in bus accident cases should never agree to settle for any amount of money or services without first consulting a law firm for advice. Bus companie’s attorneys may even offer you an immediate cash payout in exchange for your signature on waivers releasing them from responsibility. Bus companies commonly use these tactics to take advantage of the confusion and panic that bus accident victims experience and get them to relinquish their rights. This is why, even if they only want to ask questions, it is essential to consult an experienced lawyer.
Another reason why it is important to contact a law firm as soon as possible after the accident is because, as California law dictates that any bus or school bus accident lawsuit be filed within a certain time period. While receiving medical attention should always be your first concern, contacting a bus or school bus accident attorney quickly should also be a priority. Even if the guilt or negligence is clear in a bus accident, a claim may not be made if it is filed after the statute of limitation has ended.
Common Bus Accident Injuries
- Ligament, tendon, or muscle strains, and tearing
- Loss of mobility
- Organ damage
- Whiplash Injury
- Head injuries including concussions
- Cuts, scrapes, and bruising
- Dental injuries
- Facial injuries
- Broken or fractured bones
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Lower extremity injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal injuries
- Skull fractures
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Wrongful death
Damages You Can Recover
Determining liability is often more complicated after bus accidents than after collisions involving regular vehicles. Besides the driver, there are many other parties who may be liable for your damages, and it is possible that multiple parties share a percentage of fault. The California bus accident attorneys at Workers’ Advocate Law Group will review the evidence to determine which parties may be liable for your damages. Our personal injury attorneys are dedicated to pursuing your case with fairness and honesty, to obtain fair compensation and protecting your legal rights.
Our Injury Lawyers will fight for the maximum compensation you deserve. Depending on the circumstances you may be able to recover the following damages:
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Life-changing disabilities
Whether you were injured as a passenger, pedestrian, or driver, you need professional assistance from an experienced bus accident lawyer who will know exactly which clause of the law to leverage in your particular case.
File your claim and schedule your free consultation in English or Spanish today. Count on an experienced lawyer from Workers’ Advocate Law Group who has extensive experience in fighting for their clients’ rights.