School buses, city buses, charter buses, church buses are all responsible for providing transportation to thousands of people in San Fernando Valley. Many individuals rely on buses to get them where they need to go, in a quick, safe, and efficient manner. As many people find out, buses are not 100% safe, and although bus drivers have a reputation for being more cautious than other types of drivers, they can still become involved in accidents.
Bus accidents have the potential to cause injuries to passengers that can range from mild to severe. Bruises, broken bones, head injuries, brain & spinal cord injuries, burns, and whiplash can all occur during a bus accident and will require medical attention. If you have been injured in a bus accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering depending upon whether or not negligence contributed.
San Fernando Valley personal injury lawyers will be instrumental to determining the responsibility of a bus accident, and whether a driver, manufacturer, or mechanic's negligent actions (or inactions) caused the accident and your subsequent injuries, your attorney will find out and will begin to take the appropriate legal actions.
In February 2013, tragedy struck when a tour bus crash resulted in at least eight fatalities and injuries to dozens of others. Early on in the investigation, it was believed that the driver of the bus ran into the back of a sedan as they were driving down State Route 38 in San Bernardino County, California. Following the rear-end accident, the bus then hit a pickup truck that was towing a trailer before rolling over. More than 40 people were believed to have suffered injuries.
While bus accidents are less common than other forms of motor vehicle accidents, they are much more catastrophic in nature – mostly because more people are involved. When a passenger vehicle accident occurs, as few as two people can be involved; however, when an accident with a bus occurs, the driver and passengers of the bus, as well as all of the other involved vehicles, are put into danger.
There are also decreased safety protocols on a bus. Where passengers in a car are all required by law to wear seatbelts, the same safety features are not extended to passengers in buses. In fact, the National Transportation Safety Board noted that bus passengers are left vulnerable by the lack of seat belts, as well as no standard for roof strength, and window glazing.
Therefore, accidents can often cause passengers to be ejected from their seat; it can also roof crush, busted windows and more. Even cases where the structure of the bus is left relatively unharmed, it is uncommon for a bus accident to occur where the passengers do not suffer injuries of some kind. Therefore, if you or someone you love has been involved in a bus accident, it is important to contact us.
After being injured in a bus accident, you only have a certain amount of time in which to take legal action against the responsible party, depending upon the circumstances of the accident. Because this window of time can vary so greatly, it is best to speak with a San Fernando Valley injury as soon as possible after the accident happens, that way you and your lawyer have ample time to make a claim. Personal injury and wrongful death claims can be complicated, especially if large insurance companies are involved, so the more time you have to make a claim, the stronger your case will be.
Injured in a bus accident? Contact a San Fernando Valley personal injury attorney at The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus today for representation you can depend on!