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Irvine Bus Accident Cases

Potentially operated by the city of Irvine, Orange County, the state of California, or another type of regional authority, all public bus accident claims are notoriously difficult. Bus accident claims are complex because they generally involve a claim against a government entity. These types of claims will necessarily involve unique legal requirements and statutes of limitation that are best handled by an experienced Irvine bus accident attorney

However, the most important thing to understand is that when a negligent bus driver causes a bus accident, the victim is entitled to file a claim against the government entity responsible for operating that specific bus line.

Bus accident claims are different than most personal injury claims in the state of California, which typically have a statute of limitations of 2 years. For the most part, these types of claims must be presented to the government within 6 months of the accident. Not submitting a claim within 6 months of a bus accident means that a bus accident victim may become ineligible for damages. Don’t allow that to happen.

If you have suffered injuries after a bus accident in the city of Irvine due that was caused by someone’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and possibly more. Please don’t hesitate to contact us 24/7 at (949) 334-9200 or feel free to email us at [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring and compassionate legal team. At West Coast Trial Lawyers, we are always here to answer any questions you may have about bus accident claims.

The Role Of A Common Carrier

According to the California Civil Code, “a carrier of persons for reward must use the utmost care and diligence for their safe carriage, must provide everything necessary for that purpose, and must exercise to that end a reasonable degree of skill.”

This means that bus drivers who are responsible for transporting people will have a much higher duty of care than other drivers. As mentioned above, a commercial bus operator is generally thought of as a common carrier. A common carrier is any type of business responsible for transporting people or goods for a profit.   

Filing A Bus Accident Claim

 

Bus accidents are caused by a wide variety of factors. They will be discussed in more detail below, but common causes include bus driver or bus company negligence and poorly administered county regulations. However, regardless of the cause, when an individual or group of individuals’ negligence causes a bus accident, they are generally held liable for the injuries and losses they are responsible for causing.

A bus accident injury is a kind of personal injury. Therefore, bus accident victims are required to file a personal injury claim in order to recover damages for injuries sustained in a bus accident. 

Bus accident injuries are typically caused by a bus driver or bus company’s negligence or reckless actions. Common examples include: 

 

  • Distraction. A common bus driver distraction is cell phone usage. A bus driver may unfortunately choose to look at his or her phone while in the middle of a shift, which can easily result in an increased opportunity of being involved in a collision with another vehicle, a pedestrian, or an object. 
  • Speeding. Not respecting the speed limit laws can only increase the chances of a bus accident occurring. Bus drivers are under a lot of pressure to maintain a tight schedule and the temptation to speed is great, especially when facing delays and heavy traffic. 
  • Fatigue. A bus driver who is driving while sleepy or tired is negligently and willfully placing his or her passengers at a great risk. Bus drivers have a much greater duty of care to stay alert when operating a bus, especially with so many people on board who are under their care. 
  • Driving under the influence. A bus driver who has consumed drugs or alcohol before or in the middle of a work shift is exhibiting selfish and negligent behavior that places several others in danger. Consuming drugs or alcohol makes it nearly impossible to really pay attention to the road. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) enforces very strict guidelines for bus drivers. A bus driver who violates these strict substance rules will likely be subject to harsh consequences. 
  • Defective buses. A bus driver is not the only entity who can be guilty of negligence. Bus companies are required to maintain a high level of mechanical safety regarding their buses. Bus companies must conduct routine safety checks to make sure each of their buses meets transportation service standards. 

West Coast Trial Lawyers Is Always Here To Help

If you have sustained injuries in a bus accident as a result of someone’s negligence or deliberate acts of malice, you have the right to hold the guilty party responsible for your losses. An Irvine bus accident attorney at our firm can recover financial compensation for the losses you have suffered, including your medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering from your injury. Call us today at  (949) 334-9200 or email [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring and compassionate legal team.