Bus crashes have an incredible potential to cause horrific and devastating injuries. The design of buses make them more prone to be involved in life-changing accidents than standard passenger vehicles, with their massive, boxy size. They are also notoriously difficult to maneuver when compared to other vehicles on the road, and operators of buses must also deal with several blind spots that make it harder to see other drivers. Add to the fact that older generation buses may not be equipped with seat belts to prevent riders from being thrown about or ejected from the many windows on a bus and it’s easy to see why the injuries seen in a bus accident can be quite severe.
If you or someone you love have been injured in a bus crash, then you have a right to seek out compensation for your injuries. Hiden, Rott & Oertle LLP, our Chula Vista bus accident attorneys are champions of accident victims, helping them to hold those responsible for their injuries accountable so that they can recoup losses and move on with their lives post-accident.
Stats on Bus Accidents
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that bus crash incidents were on the rise during the seven-year period ending in 2016; authorities saw a 29 percent uptick in the total number of crashes. There were 15,000 bus crashes in 2016 across the country, resulting in 35,000 injuries, many of them fatal. With bus crashes, the greatest number of fatalities are seen in passengers of other vehicles that collide with the bus; 65 percent of all deaths from bus accidents occurred not among the bus’ passengers, but from passengers in the cars or other vehicles involved.
Bus Accident Liability
When you board a bus, you have a standard expectation that you can trust your safety to the operator of the bus, whether you’re riding in a school bus, metro or city bus, tour bus, church bus or even an airport shuttle bus. These common carriers are tasked un California Civil Code Section 2100 with using due care and diligence for the safe transport of those who ride their buses. When it comes to liability in a bus accident case, the common carrier can shoulder much of the liability, as can the bus operator or the entity that owns the bus, including local, state and federal governments. Depending on the nature of your bus accident, other drivers on the road may be held liable if they are determined to be the cause of the crash, either in whole or in part. Moreover, if a bus accident occurs due to unsafe road conditions that result from failure to maintain the roadway, then the entity responsible for that maintenance may also be to blame.
Consulting With a Chula Vista Bus Accident Attorney
Bus accident victims experience a myriad of serious injuries, from concussions to fractures, spinal cord trauma, and traumatic brain injury. If you were injured in a bus accident, either as a passenger of a bus, while riding in a passenger vehicle struck by a bus, or as a pedestrian walking down the street, you have a right to hold those responsible accountable. Hiden, Rott & Oertle LLP has a reputation for fighting for the rights of bus accident victims. Discuss your particular case today during your free, no-obligation consultation with our Chula Vista bus accident attorney.