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Buses transport passengers safely through U.S. cities day in and day out. Usually, this is one of the most secure modes of transport. Unfortunately, bus accidents still occur daily.

Out of more than 60,000 annual bus accidents, thousands result in fatalities. In addition, many passengers who survive bus crashes suffer injuries that significantly impact their quality of life.

Whether it’s a school bus, a city bus, or a private charter, those who own and operate buses have a great deal of responsibility for protecting the citizens of California. When they fail at this, they must be held responsible.

If you lost a loved one to a Los Angeles bus accident or were severely injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, you can seek justice. The Los Angeles bus accident lawyers at Premier Truck Accident Lawyers are experienced in ensuring that injured parties and grieving family members receive the financial compensation they deserve.

Call us at 866-999-9085 or fill out our online form to get started today.

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Types of Los Angeles Bus Accidents

Understanding the types of Los Angeles bus accidents that occur start with defining what a bus is. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a bus is any vehicle that carries at least nine passengers. 

Bus accidents can involve:

  • Transit buses
  • Coach buses
  • School buses
  • Airport buses
  • Tour buses 
  • Private charter buses
  • Trolleys
  • Or other vehicles that carry nine or more passengers.

Because of safety regulations regarding buses and their drivers, bus accidents are much rarer than passenger car crashes and semi-truck accidents. However, when they do occur, they are usually devastating. 

This was the case for the family of a Los Angeles woman who died in a party bus accident in Los Angeles while celebrating her niece’s birthday. The news report outlined what appeared to be a freak accident as the woman fell out of the back door while dancing and was struck by another vehicle. However, further investigation revealed possible issues with the bus door. 

When Your Bus Accident Occurs on a LA City Bus

Unlike private-party bus suits, lawsuits filed against a governmental entity have much stricter guidelines. For example, suppose someone is killed or injured in a bus accident involving a Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority-run bus. In that case, you usually have only six months to file a written claim from the date of the accident. 

Still, Federal governmental entities can be held responsible for bus accidents involving their carriers, thanks to the Federal Tort Claims Act, which removes their immunity. You may have a viable claim if you can prove that:

  • The driver of the bus was at fault or negligent. 
  • The driver wasn’t qualified or trained.
  • The vehicle had a repair defect that was ignored.
  • The vehicle was poorly maintained.
  • A hazardous road condition led to the accident.
  • The bus accident occurred in an improperly marked construction zone.

What Should I Do If I’m in a Bus Accident?

If your injuries happened on a bus that isn’t owned and operated by a government entity, the California statute of limitations allows you 24 months from the date of your accident to file a claim. 

Still, there are things that you should do directly following a crash to make sure you are protected. This includes calling 911, gathering needed information (e.g., witness and police reports), requesting medical reports, and writing down notes about the incident. This last part is especially important because human memory is faulty.

Following the accident, you should speak with a bus accident attorney at Premier Truck Accident Lawyers immediately. When you contact Premier Truck Accident Lawyers at 866-999-9085, we will be able to explain your rights and determine if the case is worth pursuing.

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What Can a Los Angeles Bus Accident Lawyer Do to Help Victims?

After a bus accident, many victims and their families feel helpless and alone. If you’ve been in an accident involving a bus, you might be struggling with debilitating or permanent injuries. These injuries can include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Burns or broken bones
  • Neck injuries such as whiplash
  • Paralysis.

Our lawyers can help victims get adequate compensation for these injuries. But more than that, we can stand by your side as you or your family walks through the process of adjusting finances, rehabilitative care, finding long-term care, or other challenges that come with moving forward after a bus accident.

Why Choose California Law Firm Premier Truck Accident Lawyers?

Premier Truck Accident Lawyers is a respected California law firm serving clients in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, the San Fernando Valley, Orange County, Riverside County, the Inland Empire, San Diego, the San Francisco Bay Area, the Coachella Valley, Sacramento, Fresno, and all other California communities. 

Our award-winning attorneys are dedicated to holding those who do others harm accountable. We are client-centric, meaning we ensure that each and every one of our clients receives personalized attention that is tailored to their individual needs.

Premier Truck Accident Lawyers also stay up-to-date and in touch with the legal community through various memberships and affiliations. We stay on top of all things legal, so you don’t have to.

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Los Angeles Bus Accident Frequently Asked Questions

What can I do to protect myself after an accident with a bus in Los Angeles?

The best thing to do after a bus accident is to hire a qualified legal team that is prepared to fight for you. Seeking out a Los Angeles bus accident lawyer to defend your rights can sound intimidating. Premier Truck Accident Lawyers is here to make this process easier and ensure that you don’t have to live with your injuries without due compensation.

What should I do if someone from the bus company calls me before I’ve hired an attorney?

You should not speak to the bus company or their representative; instead, contact Premier Truck Accident Lawyers. The representatives for these companies bet on you making a mistake or giving a recorded statement with their insurance carrier that will implicate you or release their client from fault. Therefore, do not give a statement, and do not sign any forms

Speak with an experienced Los Angeles bus accident attorney today at Premier Truck Accident Lawyers for your free case evaluation. You can reach us by calling toll-free 866-999-9085 or by filling out the form on our site.

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