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Below, our experienced bus accident attorneys will discuss tour bus accidents. If you or a loved one suffered injuries as a result of a tour bus accident, the experienced bus accident attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers are always here to answer any questions you may have about bus accident claims and damages available to you.

What Is A Common Carrier?


Drivers who transport people have a much higher duty of care to other drivers. This is because a commercial bus operator -- and this includes a tour bus company -- is generally thought of as a common carrier. A common carrier is any business which is responsible for transporting people or goods for a profit.

Therefore, a tour bus company that does not repair its buses, properly inspect their fleet, or appropriately train and supervise their drivers, may be in violation of their duties as a common carrier. Failure to abide by legally mandated duties may subject a tour bus company to liability and any applicable damages.

Determining Liability In A Tour Bus Accident


Although the above information seems clear and straightforward, determining liability after a tour bus accident may not be so easy. This is because numerous entities can all be involved and play a relevant role in causing an accident. For example, the tour bus company, tour bus driver, bus manufacturer, and even other drivers can all play a role. What matters most is who contributed negligence towards causing the accident.
The entities who are usually involved in tour bus injury claims are:

    The tour company: A tour bus company must make every effort possible to hire only bus companies with good safety records. If a tour company hires buses that are repeatedly cited for safety violations, the tour company itself may share a degree of liability for any injuries or losses caused. The bus company: The bus company owns the actual buses. They are also required to operate reasonably safe buses. They are also required to hire and train licensed drivers who meet or exceed basic safety requirements. The bus manufacturer: A faulty or defective bus can easily cause severe injuries in the event of a malfunction.

An accident investigation, given how many entities are involved, may often be necessary to determine who exactly was responsible for a tour bus accident. Other factors that often cause or contribute to a tour bus accident are:

  • Tour bus drivers who are fatigued while behind the wheel
  • Poorly trained or screened tour bus drivers
  • Tour bus drivers who are driving while under the influence
  • Tour buses that are carrying too many passengers or cargo
  • Improperly maintained tour buses

Available Damages


Accidents happen. If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Below is a brief explanation of damages. Damages are a type of monetary award that is determined by a court of law to help compensate an aggrieved individual for any losses or injuries sustained as a result of someone’s negligence.

Economic Damages
Economic damages are intended to compensate a plaintiff for losses that a dollar amount can readily be attached to. Economic damages are calculated by determining the amount of out of pocket losses an aggrieved individual has or will expect to incur as a result of their injuries. A few examples of economic losses include:

  • Loss of Earning Capacity
  • Medical Bills
  • Lost Wages

Non-Economic Damages
Non-economic damages are essentially intended to cover losses that are thought of as subjective and will not necessarily cover out of pocket losses. Non-economic damages may include compensation for:

  • Emotional Distress
  • Pain And Suffering
  • Loss Of Enjoyment Of Life
  • More

Punitive Damages
The third type of damages a California court may award are known as punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended as punishment and are only awarded when a defendant’s behavior is especially harmful. Punitive damages are relatively rare and in fact were only incorporated in 5% of all verdicts.

Furthermore, there is no real set standard for calculating and awarding punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded at the court’s discretion and will vary depending on the specific circumstances of a case.

Limitations For Damages In California
For the most part, there is no real cap on compensatory damages following a personal injury claim. This means that courts are able to award any amount they feel is appropriate and reasonable.
However, the only exception is regarding medical malpractice cases. In these cases, the limit for pain and suffering and other non-economic losses is $250,000.

Contact Us
If you are a victim of a bus accident, West Coast Trial Lawyers has experienced bus accident attorneys that will get you the justice you deserve. Our bus accident attorneys will help you recover financial and emotional compensation for damages you have suffered. This includes medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, emotional distress, and pain and suffering. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation with the attorneys at our firm. No fees are paid until we settle your case. Reach out to our legal team 24/7 by calling (213) 927-3700 or emailing [email protected].

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