Accidents involving bus companies often involve high stakes and can be very complex. If you’ve been in an accident with a bus, contact Victory Law Group, LLP immediately. Don’t waste your time speaking with the bus company or insurance company. Let us do the tedious task for you. Your health and your financial security may depend on it!
Causes of Bus Accidents
In order to succeed in a bus accident case, Victory Law Group, LLP will first determine who caused the accident and who is responsible for your injuries and damages. Common causes of bus accidents are:
- Bus driver fatigue from working too many hours
- Bus driver error, such as running red lights, failing to yield right-of-way, etc.
- Aggressive driver behavior, such as speeding, rapid lane changing, failing to signal, etc.
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence
- Inadequate inspection and maintenance, which leads to mechanical malfunctions.
Contact Victory Law Group, LLP today so that we can determine and prove the circumstances of you bus accident.
Bus Accident Statistics
Below is a list of bus collision statistics
- Nationwide, more than 700 million passengers are transported by buses annually, according to a 2012 report by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
- Every day, there are more than 30,000 commercial buses and 450,000 school buses on the road in America alone.
- Around 12,000 children sustain injuries in school bus accidents every year.
- Around 11 children die each year from a bus accident.
- In 2011, bus accidents caused the deaths of 283 people.
- That same year, around 24,000 people were injured in bus accidents.
Common Carrier Law in California
California law dictates that common carriers – entities that transport goods or passengers on regular routes at set rates, like buses – “must use the utmost care and diligence for [their passengers’] safe carriage, must provide everything necessary for that purpose, and must exercise to that end a reasonable degree of skill.”
As part of this heightened standard of care, common carriers owe many duties to their passengers, which include:
- Safely transporting passengers to their destinations
- Providing a safe space for passengers to enter and exit the bus
- Protecting passengers from harm, including harm by other passengers
- Maintaining the safety of all active vehicles
- Screening and properly training employees.
If a common carrier fails to uphold its legal duties, they can be found liable for damages to its passengers.
Victory Law Group, LLP will help you gather and preserve key elements in the evidence you need to prove your bus accident claim. Some evidence that may be crucial in your case are:
- Damages to involved vehicles
- Bus driver log books
- Bus black box data
- Driver cell phone data
- Witness testimony
- Other physical evidence at the scene, such as skid marks, gouge marks, and yaw marks.
Call Victory Law Group, LLP to Handle Your Bus Accident Today
Don’t let time pass and evidence fade or get destroyed, call Victory Law Group today and let us represent you. We will fight for you whether you were a passenger, pedestrian, or driver. Our experienced auto accident and personal injury attorneys know which laws to leverage to ensure that you receive full and fair compensation.