Breaking News: LA Metro Bus Crashes into Wall Leaving 4 Injured – Bus Accident Lawyers
A Los Angeles Metro bus crashed into a bus on Saturday, December 16, 2023, at around 3:40pm. The crash occurred at 270 S. Loma Dr. in Westlake. The bus crashed into a retaining wall outside of a residential complex; there was significant damage to both the bus and the wall.
According to the Fire Department, four people sustained injuries. The driver of the bus was among the injured. The incident only resulted in minor injuries.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation.
Unfortunately, accidents involving city buses seem to be common. If you or a loved one suffered harm in an accident on a city bus, you could have the right to file a lawsuit. For more information about the legal options available to you, contact us today.
The lawyers here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group are ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to understand the legal options available to you and pursue your claim. Our lawyers are committed to fighting for the rights of victims and their families and helping them recover the compensation that they are owed. If you are ready to speak with our lawyers, contact us at your earliest convenience.
Possible Causes of Bus Accidents
Bus accidents can happen for many causes. These may include the following:
Negligent driving (relevant to both the bus driver and any other drivers involved), including reckless driving, speeding, driving under the influence of drugs/alcohol, driving while fatigued, weaving in/out of traffic, tailgating, cutting others off, etc.
Negligent hiring (specific to the bus company), including hiring an unlicensed driver, failing to check for a clean driving record, etc.
Negligent training and supervising
Defective buses (i.e., defects that can cause the bus to not function properly or safely)
Unaddressed mechanical issues
Poor road conditions, including defects that make the road dangerous (like defective lights, poorly designed intersections, no posted speed limit signs, etc.)
Whatever the specific cause of the incident, anyone on the bus or inside other vehicles involved in the crash (and even unsuspecting pedestrians and bystanders) can potentially sustain injuries.
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Some of the Injuries Associated with Bus Accidents
The individuals involved in bus accidents may suffer some of the following injuries:
Head injuries and traumatic brain injuries
Neck injuries and back injuries
Spinal cord injuries (which could lead to paralysis)
Sprains and strains
Scrapes and bruises
Who is Liable for Bus Accidents?
The answer to this question depends on the specific details of the accident. For example, if the bus accident was caused by the negligent actions of the bus driver or of the bus company, then it is the bus company that would be liable (since employers are liable for the negligent actions of their employees). If the accident was caused by a negligent driver that crashed into the bus, for instance, then that driver would be liable. Similarly, if the accident was caused by poor road conditions, then the city could be liable. It is also important to note that in some cases, multiple parties can share liability for the incident.
When it comes to bus accidents, it is important to consider that buses are common carriers. Under common carrier law, buses owe their passengers the highest duty of care; therefore, they will typically always be liable for any harm that passengers suffer while on the bus.
For more information about establishing liability after a bus accident and your right to sue, contact us today. Our lawyers are more than ready to help you understand your right to file a bus accident injury claim.
Can I Recover Compensation?
Yes, you could be eligible to recover compensation if you file a claim. Based on the details surrounding the claim, you could be eligible to recover compensation for some of the following:
Pain and suffering
Wrongful death benefits
Here at our law firm, our team is committed to getting our clients the maximum compensation available for their claims. If you are ready to explore the legal options available to you, contact us today. Our lawyers will do everything possible to help you recover the highest settlement available for your bus accident claim.
How Long Do I Have to Sue?
This is one of the most important questions that victims of bus accidents could ask. In general, bus accident claims are subject to a two-year statute of limitations, meaning that claimants only have two years to sue. However, if the accident involves a city bus company (like LA Metro), claims will be subject to a much shorter statute of limitations. This is because claims involving government entities require a different process, which is subject to an initial six-month statute of limitations. After the initial claim is filed, the claimant may have another six months or up to two years to file a claim in court, based on the response received.
If you are unsure of the specific timeline that applies to your claim, contact us today. Our lawyers are ready to evaluate your situation and help you understand the time that you have to file your claim.
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Can I sue L.A. Metro if I was injured in a Metro bus accident? Yes, you could sue Metro. For more information about your right to file a bus accident lawsuit, contact us today. Here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group, our lawyers are committed to fighting for your rights and getting you the maximum payout available for your claim. We have decades of experience and are ready to help you win your claim.
Our law firm offers free legal services, which include both free consultations and free second opinions. During these free legal services, our lawyers will be available to answer all your questions and address all your concerns to make sure that you have access to all the information that you need to either begin or continue your claim. To benefit from these free legal services, contact us today.
Our Zero-Fee Guarantee ensures that our clients will never be required to pay upfront legal costs to speak with our lawyers. Since our team also works strictly on contingency, our lawyers will actually never be required to pay anything unless their claims are successful.
If you are ready to speak with our bus accident lawyers, contact us today.
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