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California has strict regulations in place to ensure the safety of passengers on buses. These regulations cover everything from driver training and qualifications to vehicle maintenance and inspection. However, even with these regulations in place, accidents can still occur due to factors such as driver negligence, mechanical failures, or unsafe road conditions.

At Kash Legal, we are dedicated to helping bus accident victims receive the compensation they deserve. Here are some things to know about the role that bus company policies play in California bus accident claims.

Bus Companies Have Legal Requirements

Bus company policies can play a crucial role in determining liability in a bus accident claim. If it is found that the bus company failed to follow its own policies and procedures, it may be held liable for the accident and responsible for compensating the victims for their injuries.

When a bus accident does occur, it is important to determine whether the bus company followed all necessary policies and procedures leading up to the accident. This includes ensuring that the bus driver was properly trained and licensed, that the bus was properly maintained and inspected, and that all necessary safety protocols were followed.

Responsibility of the Bus Company as a Common Carrier

Bus companies, as common carriers, have a legal obligation to ensure the safety of their passengers. When their policies or practices fall short, they can be held accountable for failing to uphold this duty of care.  For example, if a bus company fails to properly maintain its vehicles or adequately train its drivers, resulting in an accident that injures passengers, the company could be found negligent. In such cases, passengers may be able to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against the bus company to seek compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.

Additionally, bus companies can be held liable for accidents caused by their employees’ negligent actions, such as speeding, distracted driving, or driving under the influence. In cases where the bus company knew or should have known about an employee’s dangerous behavior but failed to take appropriate action, they could be held liable for any resulting injuries.

Determining Liability

Various parties can be held liable in a bus accident injury claim, depending on the circumstances of the accident. Determining the liability of bus operators in accidents involves assessing their actions and compliance with safety regulations. Common carriers, such as public bus companies or school bus services, have a legal responsibility to ensure the safety of passengers and other road users.

Bus drivers also have specific legal responsibilities in accident situations, including following traffic laws, maintaining safe driving practices, and upholding the duty of care towards their passengers. Holding negligent bus operators accountable is crucial in seeking justice and compensation for accident victims.

Establishing Negligence of the Bus Operator

If the bus operator’s actions contributed to the accident through negligence, they can be held liable for the resulting damages. Proving negligence requires a thorough investigation and legal expertise. Examples of negligent actions by a bus operator that could contribute to an accident include:

  • Distracted driving, such as texting or talking on a cell phone while driving
  • Fatigued driving, such as driving for extended periods without adequate rest
  • Speeding or other reckless driving behaviors
  • Failing to properly maintain the bus, leading to mechanical failures
  • Failing to properly train or supervise bus drivers

To establish negligence, the injured party must prove that the bus operator had a duty of care to operate the bus safely, that the operator breached that duty by engaging in negligent behavior, and that this breach directly caused the accident and resulting damages.

Contact a California Bus Accident Attorney

By working with a knowledgeable and experienced personal injury attorney like the team at Kash Legal, you can ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive the compensation you need to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Our team will thoroughly investigate the accident, gather evidence, and negotiate with the bus company and their insurance providers on your behalf.

Contact Kash Legal at (888) 527-4128 or fill out our contact form to arrange a free consultation. During the consultation, we will discuss the details of the bus accident, including any injuries sustained and the circumstances surrounding the incident. We will also explain the legal process and what you can expect moving forward.

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