Bus Accidents

Buses make getting around the sprawling City of Los Angeles far more convenient, and school buses offer a generally safe way to transport our children to and from school. In fact, buses have much to offer, but bus accidents are as dangerous as their claims are complicated. If you’ve been injured as a bus passenger or in an accident that was caused by a bus, working closely with an experienced Los Angeles bus accident attorney is in your best interest.

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Buses Serve Play Important Roles

We turn to buses for many of our transportation needs, including:

City transit buses get us around town and play a major role relative to commuting.

School buses ferry our children back and forth from school.

Tour buses allow us to see the country while leaving the driving to the professionals.

Commercial bus lines, like Greyhound, allow us to travel long distances while foregoing the need to fly.

Shuttle buses at hotels and airports help make traveling more convenient.

Buses are a convenient way to address many of our transportation needs.

If You’re Injured in a Bus Accident

If you or someone you love has been injured in a bus accident, you’re no doubt at a loss regarding how to move forward. While no two bus accidents are ever identical, there are two basic first steps that universally apply:

Seek the Medical Attention You Need

When it comes to your health and well-being, don’t take chances. If you’re offered emergency medical services at the scene, accept them, and if emergency medical services aren’t available, consult with your own doctor (or visit an emergency room if it’s warranted). Taking this important step is not only what’s best for your ongoing health but also what’s best for your bus accident claim.

Consult with a Dedicated Los Angeles Bus Accident attorney

Because buses are so large, heavy, and unwieldy – and seat many passengers within – bus accidents tend to be exceptionally dangerous. Further, bus accident claims are often very complicated. If the bus accident that leaves you injured involves government management, such as city transit buses, things are more complicated still (and you have less time to address the matter legally). All told, compiling a solid bus accident claim that effectively addresses your full range of physical, financial, and emotional damages is critical to your ability to fully heal, and you need an experienced bus accident attorney on your side.

The Disconcerting Statistics

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) shares several disconcerting statistics related to bus accidents (FMCSA’s data refers to buses and large trucks), including:

2008

Of all fatal bus accidents from 2008 to 2018, school bus accidents made up 40 percent, transit buses made up 35 percent, and intercity buses made up 12 percent.

2017

In 2017, there were 234 fatal bus accidents.

2018

There were 5,096 fatal bus accidents in 2018, which is a 1 percent increase over 2017 and a 49 percent increase over 2009.

2018

There were 121,000 injuries caused by bus accidents in 2018, which is an 8 percent increase over 2016.

Bus accidents are serious accidents that require serious legal guidance.

Buses and Risk Factors

Buses pose their own unique risk factors on our roads, including the following:

Buses are much heavier and larger than the passenger vehicles on our roadways, which leaves the occupants of those vehicles far more vulnerable to serious injuries in bus accidents.

Buses must make frequent stops and starts and must enter and exit traffic frequently, and both of these elevate the risk of dangerous traffic accidents.

Because of their size and weight, buses require considerably longer stopping distances than smaller vehicles do, which presents a significant risk factor.

Bus drivers experience large blind spots along all four sides of their buses, which makes changing lanes that much more dangerous. Because buses must make frequent lane changes, anyone traveling in these blind spots is at increased risk.

Buses are large and unwieldy, which makes it more difficult to maneuver safely through the kind of heavy traffic that is so common in Los Angeles. When bus drivers aren’t hyper-vigilant regarding safety, it can prove devastating.

Bus Driver Negligence

Bus drivers are professional drivers who must adhere to more exacting safety guidelines, and any form of bus driver negligence can lead to life-threatening accidents. Bus driver negligence can take any of the following forms:

Distraction

Safely maneuvering a massive bus full of passengers through heavy traffic is a difficult task, and any form or amount of distraction on the part of the bus driver can be disastrous. Texting (or otherwise engaging with one’s smartphone) has been heralded as the most dangerous distraction of all, and it’s earned its reputation honestly.

Impairment

No one should get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, and when a bus driver does so, it demonstrates a profound lack of concern for the safety of everyone on the roadway. This is why state and federal laws have zero tolerance for this practice.

Exhaustion

Drowsy drivers can experience the same diminished attention span and slowed reaction times that impaired drivers do. There are highly specific hours-of-service rules in place to help ensure that bus drivers and other professional drivers aren’t drowsy behind the wheel, but these haven’t eliminated the problem.

Speed

Excess speed makes vehicles more difficult to control and exacerbates the seriousness of any accidents that transpire. When the vehicle that’s speeding is a large, heavy bus, the danger grows exponentially.

You Need a Dedicated Los Angeles Bus Accident Attorney on Your Side

Buses offer many conveniences, but bus accidents are often exceptionally dangerous. If a bus accident leaves you injured, the formidable bus accident attorneys at Kash Legal Group in LA are here to help. Our accomplished legal team has an impressive track record of helping clients like you obtain just compensation that addresses their complete damages, and we’re here for you, too. Your case is important, so please don’t hesitate to contact or call us for more information today.

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