Trust an Experienced Bus Accident Lawyer
Bus transportation is considered to be relatively safe, but when an accident happens, the casualties are often extensive. Not long ago, a California tour bus crash killed eight individuals and injured more than 30 people. An experienced bus accident lawyer sees the fallout of these types of tragedies. In San Diego, CA, our personal injury law firm helps accident victims pursue just compensation for devastating injuries.
If you or a loved one has been seriously harmed in a bus accident, please contact our law firm today. We offer a free consultation, and we require no up-front legal fees from our clients.
Facts About Bus Accidents
According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), more than 700 million passengers travel by bus each year. Their most recent statistics, published in 2009, reported 250 fatalities and over 20,000 injuries caused by bus accidents.
To ensure that you and your family receive the maximum compensation for your injuries, it is best to immediately seek the counsel of an experienced attorney.
The NTSB estimates that approximately 24 children die each year in a bus accident while traveling to or from school, or on a field trip. Other bus accidents involve city transit or privately owned vehicles, such as a tour or party bus.
Mass transit accidents are more dangerous for a number of reasons, including:
- Top-heavy buses are more susceptible to rolling over in a serious collision
- The majority of buses do not have seatbelts and other standard safety equipment
- Because of their large size, buses can cause severe damage to other motorists
Victims of bus collisions will have a different claims experience than those involved in more typical motor vehicle accidents. You may be dealing with a private company or governmental entity, each with their own national insurance companies and sophisticated legal teams.
The state of California considers private bus owners to be common carriers. Under state law, common carriers have a high level of responsibility for ensuring their vehicles are in top shape and their drivers are capable, sober, and safety conscious. In order for a common carrier to be found liable for an accident, the plaintiff must establish that there was negligence and liability on the part of the driver, carrier, or equipment manufacturer.
If you are in an accident involving a city or school bus, you will have a claim against a government agency. In San Diego, the city buses are under the authority of the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) or the North County Transit District (NCTD). The San Diego Unified School District or another county district is responsible for school bus incidents.
To ensure that you and your family receive the maximum compensation for your injuries, it is best to immediately seek the counsel of an experienced attorney. Our firm has handled many bus accidents and our attorneys know how to navigate the system to ensure that our clients' rights are fully protected.
After an Accident
The most important thing to do after a bus accident, of course, is to seek medical attention for injuries. Kerry Steigerwalt is very experienced with cases involving mass transit accidents, and have achieved many significant victories for our clients, including wrongful death incidents. Please contact us today for a free consultation with our firm.