Public transportation is a vital asset for hundreds of thousands of Los Angeles residents. However in many instances improper driving or maintenance of buses results in serious injuries to passengers. Accidents often result in catastrophic injuries to not only passengers, but also pedestrians, bicyclists and other motorists alike. Bus drivers and bus operator companies have a duty to protect passengers and other motorists on the road from negligent or intentional acts which may result in serious harm.
Our Personal Injury Law Firm proudly represents victims of public transportation accidents including MTA Bus Accidents in Los Angles County and surrounding communities.
Legal Representation: Most insurance adjusters can and will attempt to low ball your injury claim if you are not represented by an attorney. It is vital to seek legal representation before you speak to any insurance adjusters or bus company agencies regarding your accident claim.
Accidents involving City Owned MTA Buses and Public Transportation Vehicles
Bus accidents result from many different factors including the negligence of the driver, the negligence of the mechanic and maintenance crew, product defects, poor weather conditions like icy and slick roads or high winds, lack of security procedures and lack of required safety devises on-board. Some of the more common causes of bus and public transportation accidents are as follows.
- Accidents caused by speeding of bus operator
- Doors shutting on boarding passengers
- Sudden stops or starts leading to neck injuries and concussions
- Collision and traffic accidents with other vehicles on the road indulging trucks, motorcycle and pedestrians riding bicycles
- Undue Speeding and distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of an intoxicant
- Slip and Falls caused by the accumulation of debris or liquids on bus floors
- Broken seat backs and handrails on the bus
- Maintenance negligence: Poorly maintained buses leading to accidents
- Driver negligence including distractions and errors
- Defective manufacturing and installation of buses and bus parts
Common Carrier Duty – California Public and Private Transpiration Laws: Common Law jurisdictions including the state of California impose a heightened level of care on individuals and corporations who are in the business of transporting individuals from one location to another. California Civil Code § states that Common Carriers, “must use the most care and diligence for their safe carriage, must provide everything necessary for that purpose,” including providing vehicles that are safe and fit for the purposes to which they are to be used for. Common carriers include not only public transportation entities such as the MTA or OCTA but also private (for profit) business which own and operate tour buses and commercial chartered bus lines. More on California Common Carrier laws here..
Bus Passenger Injury Claims – Bus Occupant Accident Lawsuits: A large percentage of bus related injuries take place inside the vehicle. Bus passengers are at a heightened risk of slip and falls, bus assaults and battery, bus door injuries, wheelchair lift defects, sudden stops or starts, and driver negligence leading to serious traffic accidents. Most bus and public transportation vehicles contain security camera on board. Such footage can be of great legal benefit providing your attorney with the essential evidence required to show negligence on the part of the bus drive, the bus line operator and other responsible parties.
Wheelchair Bus Defects cause Serious injuries: Wheelchair lifts on board MTA Los Angeles buses are designed to assist disabled and handicapped individuals. However, in many instances such devices can be defectively designed, manufactures or installed, leading to serious bodily injuries to unsuspecting disabled passengers. Common causes of wheelchair bus lift accidents included, Improper maintenance, Wet Bus Lift surfaces, Oily Lift Surface, Defective machinery, Defective Design, lack of educating bus drivers as to their proper use, Improper installation, Negligent Handling and care by bus driver, Improper use, Failure to secure wheel chair during lifting process, Roll stop latch defect.
Common Injuries Resulting From Bus Accidents: Some of the most common injuries in roadway bus collisions are as follows
- Head Injury including Traumatic Brain Injury
- Fractured bones
- Spinal Cord Injuries resulting in permanent nerve damage and paralysis
- Amputations and severed limbs
- Neck injuries including serious cases of whiplash
- Back Injuries including fractured and herniated discs
- Facial lacerations and broken noses
School Bus Accident Claims
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are an estimate 28,000 school bus accident each year leading to close to 8,000 injuries to children and teenagers. On average 10 occupants die in school bus accidents each year most of those passengers. Injuries are usually the result of collisions with other cars or accidents involving pedestrians including many young school children.
School buses are the most widely used form of mass transportation in the United States. Around 10 million school bus trips are taken every year. School buses are amongst the safest forms of transport in the county.
Filing a Lawsuit Against the MTA for Injuries to Passengers and Other Drivers
If you’ve been injured in a Los Angeles Bus Crash, you must first tend to your wounds and heal your injuries. Seeking vindication of your rights is our job. At Downtown LA Law Group our legal team is skilled and knowledgeable in general traffic accident injury laws and bus accident cases including LAUSD Bus Accidents.
Why Choose Us to Representing You in the Court of Law – Our aggressive and tenacious litigators will keep on the offensive until they make sure you have been fully compensated for your injuries and vindicated for your loss. We will go to trial and take on drivers that were negligent and their insurance carriers’ so that your rights are protected. Our goal is to take care of every legal detail and make sure you achieve the highest compensation possible for your loss; in the meantime, concentrate on the most important part of this process – your recovery.
Important – Bus Accident Statute of Limitations: Most bus lines in California are owned and operated by city and state entities which require a claim to be filed within 6 months (180) from the date of the accident. As such it is vital to contact a personal injury law office as soon as you are involved in an accident caused by a city owned bus line.
For More Information on Bus Accidents