Being involved in a bus accident can be traumatizing. Due to the lack of seat belts and airbags, and the limited number of seats which requires some passengers to stand, bus passengers can suffer serious injuries in an accident. Even worse, if you are a driver, bicyclist, or pedestrian who is struck by a bus weighing more than 10,000 pounds, you may suffer life–threatening injuries.
Bus accidents are complicated and are handled differently than your typical motor vehicle accident. Victims involved in bus accidents may have to deal with various private entities, such as bus owners, bus-operating companies, insurance companies, and other entities in the bus and charter industry. In these cases, the at-fault parties or insurance company may often deny responsibility for the accident. The different types of commercial bus groups include:
In other cases, buses often are operated by or in conjunction with a public entity. Therefore, shorter claim notice periods and statutes of limitations may apply. If you are not quick to put the bus company on notice of your personal injury claim, you can lose all rights to pursue a settlement for your claim.
Medical attention should always be your primary focus after a bus accident. Bus accident injuries may include:
In addition to seeking medical treatment, West Coast Trial lawyers encourages victims involved in a bus accident to request a police report. The bus driver is typically responsible for contacting emergency services. However, call 911 right away if the bus staff is unable to do so or refuses to call for assistance. The police report will serve as an important piece of evidence in your personal injury claim.
As a victim of a bus accident, you are entitled to full compensation for your injuries. But handling the process on your own can be tedious and overwhelming. If the adverse party is at fault in a bus accident, you must file a claim with the bus’ insurance company or with the government if the government owns or oversees the bus service. There are special time limits for notifying government entities of your damages. If you do not file your claim on time, your case can be dismissed. In California, claims against public entities and other government-run transportation entities must be filed within six months from the date of the accident. Claims against non-government private parties and operators can be filed within two years from the date of the accident.
Victims of bus accidents should contact an experienced attorney to handle their claims. Here at West Coast Trial Lawyers, we have successfully helped thousands of victims recover compensation for their injuries. Our personal injury attorneys are experienced with the filing process specific to bus-related accidents in the state of California. Our mission is to protect our clients and deal with all parties involved, taking stress off their shoulders, so they can really focus on recovering. We are former government and insurance lawyers who know how to fight for your rights and get you the maximum settlement you deserve, including compensation for medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Our legal team is available 24/7 and will take care of your case from start to finish. For a free no-obligation consultation, contact our office at (888) 888- WCTL.