There are many different types of buses, all equipped to perform different functions. There are school buses, public transit (city) buses and privately owned buses. Depending on the type of bus, each of these vehicles will be regulated by the Department of Transportation (DOT), the California Vehicle Code (CVC) or the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). In 2008, the FMCSA reported that there were nearly 11,000 bus accidents that resulted in injuries. This seems to be the trend, since injurious bus accidents have been hovering between the 11,000 to 13,000 range for more than ten years. This totals just about 25,000 individuals injured in bus accidents on average each year.
The CVC has listed regulations for school buses, tour buses, transit buses and all other types of buses as are defined by § 233.
According to the California Vehicle Code, 233
a) Except as provided in subdivision (b), a bus is any vehicle, including a trailer bus, designed, used, or maintained for carrying more than 15 persons including the driver. (b) A vehicle designed, used, or maintained for carrying more than 10 persons, including the driver, which is used to transport persons for compensation or profit, or is used by any nonprofit organization or group, is also a bus. (c) This section does not alter the definition of a school bus, school pupil activity bus, general public paratransit vehicle, farm labor vehicle, or youth bus. (d) A vanpool vehicle is not a bus.
All bus accidents should be investigated by either the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or another organization. If an investigation turns up that the bus driver or owner of the bus was negligent in some way, and that negligence contributed to your injuries, then you may be entitled to compensation.
Many bus accidents are caused by the poor driving patterns of the bus driver. This can include:
Other bus accidents fall under the liability of the bus owner. For example:
You may have become the victim of a bus accident while riding a bus, while walking or while you were driving your vehicle. Whatever the case, you may be able to file a claim with the help of a Santa Clarita bus accident attorney at our firm. The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus can help you navigate through the legal process so that you end up with a successful outcome to your case. Don't hesitate to contact a personal injury attorney in Santa Clarita today!