Perhaps no type of crash has the most potential for devastation than a bus crash. The very design of many buses makes them seemingly more apt to be involved in serious accidents than other types of vehicles. Buses are massively sized and fairly difficult to maneuver; couple that with the difficulty of bus operators in seeing around the bus and the multiple blind spots associated with buses and you have a perfect storm for a terrible crash. Because some types of buses are not required to be equipped with safety belts, passengers inside can receive horrific injuries when they are tossed about or thrown from a bus’ many windows during a crash.
Statistics on Bus Accidents
Bus crashes rose 29 percent from 2009 to 2016, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Around 35,000 people were injured in 15,000 bus crashes across the country that same year. Most often, when bus fatalities occur, it is the passengers in other vehicles that receive he deadliest injuries, with 65 percent of fatalities comprised from occupants of involved vehicles. This is due largely to the bus’ overwhelming size compared to standard autos.
Expectation of Safety
You have a reasonable expectation that you will be safe when you entrust your transportation to a bus. Section 2100 of the California Civil Code spells out in no uncertain terms that common carriers, including buses, “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 applies to school buses, shuttle buses, metro/city buses, tour buses and church buses, among others common carrier types. Those held liable in bus accidents may include the bus operator, the government or commercial entity that owns the bus, other drivers on the road who cause a bus to crash, and even the agency tasked with the upkeep of the streets and roadways on which the bus travels.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a serious bus accident due to the negligence of a person or entity, the civil code affords you with the right to seek compensation for your injuries. At Hiden, Rott & Oertle LLP, our Palm Springs bus accident attorneys are well-versed in accident law and ready to defend your case to its legal limits, whether you were a passenger on a bus that was involved in an accident, a driver or passenger of a vehicle or a pedestrian struck by a bus.
Working With a Palm Springs Bus Accident Attorney
Bus accidents can be horrific, leaving you with injuries that you’ll need to deal with for the rest of your life. Because of this, you need serious representation when you go up against the insurance company of the at-fault party. Hiden, Rott & Oertle LLP has a proven track record of settling our clients’ cases for the maximum amount of compensation to which they are entitled. We’ll negotiate on your behalf, and if necessary, litigate in a court of law to hold the responsible parties accountable for their negligence. Consult with our Palm Springs bus accident attorney today to go over your case and determine the best course of action moving forward.