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Types of Bus Accidents In California


A Bus Accident Lawyer in California Can Help With Your Bus Accident Settlement


Bus drivers may get into a collision with a:

  • Car,
  • Bus,
  • Motorcycle, and
  • Pedestrian.

Since a bus is large, it may inflict strong damage on anything that comes its way. Due to this, it is important for bus drivers to make sure that they are aware of their surroundings at all times. Unfortunately, there have been cases where they have failed at doing so.

Common Bus Accidents


  • School Bus Accidents. There are three types of school bus accidents that may occur.
    • Motorist. Buses are at a risk of getting into a collision with other vehicles. There are vehicles that focus on passing buses when they are behind them. Using reckless driving to get around buses could result in an accident between both vehicles. Additionally, if the bus driver or the other driver is sleepy or intoxicated, it will also increase the chances of a collision. Individuals involved will be either injured or killed, depending on the severity of impact.
    • Pedestrian. Bus drivers who are sleepy, zoned out, intoxicated, or speeding make the road dangerous for those surrounding them. Pedestrians who are hit by a bus while walking across the street could face intense injuries, or even death.
    • Passengers. Once the bus makes contact with a vehicle or object, it may result in passengers being thrown inside the bus. They could easily suffer from injuries by slamming into the seats or windows.
  • Public Transit Bus Accidents. This bus is the most commonly used one out of the rest. Many individuals rely on this bus to take them to their desired location. Accidents occur in various forms when it comes to this type of bus. Vehicles will often make attempts at trying to pass the bus or disallow it from making a turn. However, it is not always the other driver’s fault. In some cases, the bus driver may also be at fault. Vehicles could be in the bus driver’s blind spot, which is why it is important for the bus driver to take caution before making lane changes. Reckless behavior will result in a collision with a vehicle that was not seen in their rear-view mirror. Circumstances like this make it difficult for the bus driver to maneuver the bus in an appropriate way to avoid having the passengers injured. Unfortunately, bus drivers do not always know what to do in difficult situations like this, which is why collisions tend to happen.
  • Freight Bus Accidents. This bus generally transports cargo from one place to another. There is a specific weight limit for 40ft freight buses, which is 33,000 pounds. Fully-loaded weights are up to 44,000 pounds. Freight buses that are 60 ft have a weight limit of up to 50,000 pounds. Fully-loaded weights are up to 65,000 pounds. If a freight bus exceeds the maximum limit, then it will be difficult for the driver to control the vehicle.
  • Shuttle Bus Accidents. Hotels and colleges typically use this bus to transport their guests or students. It is an easy and convenient approach since it can gather a large number of individuals. Due to the size and shape of the bus, it is difficult to properly operate it. They are often stopping and going while on the road.
  • Private, Commercial, and Charter Buses. Most of these buses are used for tours or for parties. Some are designed as luxury buses. In some circumstances, a company may not conduct proper maintenance on these buses or hire a driver who is licensed to operate the bus. Having a bus break down while on the road could create a collision. Additionally, having someone who is not proficient in operating a private, commercial, or charter bus will create an unsafe environment for the passengers since they are at risk of getting injured or killed.

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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