On September 3, 2019, a Tuesday Morning, a charter bus that was transporting a number of elementary school students was involved in the accident. The accident occurred on the 118 Freeway in Simi Valley, on the westbound lanes at Madera Road. The accident occurred a few minutes past 9:00 a.m.
The charter bus carried a total of 33 children and 7 adults. The students were traveling from Horizon Elementary School in Bakersfield to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Although the accident appeared to be severe, only a few of the parties involved suffered injuries – minor injuries. There was only the need to transport b. According to reports, most of the students were loaded up onto another charter bus to continue their field trip to the library.
Although there is not much information available surrounding the accident, many people are surprised that the accident did not result in more injuries – or even fatalities. Unfortunately, similar incidents in the past have had devastating results. Undeniably, everyone is lucky to be alive; however, the parties with even the most minor injuries could find themselves dealing with certain difficulties.
Even minor injuries could result in sudden medical costs, the loss of income, and pain/suffering for example. Regardless of the specific way in which you or your child were harmed as a direct result of an accident related to a school activity, you should consider the possibility of pursing a claim and fighting for your right to recover compensation. If you would like to explore the possibility of filing a claim for the damages resulting from the accident mentioned above or any other similar accident, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at Downtown L.A. Law Group as soon as possible.
Downtown L.A. Law Group is a personal injury law firm with many years of experience handling a variety of claims – always representing the best interests of our clients. Our lawyers are ready to answer all your questions, address all your concerns, and provide you and your family with the guidance necessary to file your claim successfully and recover the compensation that you are owed. If you would like to speak with our lawyers about pursuing a claim after an accident related to a school activity, such as a field trip, for example, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with our experts immediately.
Different Parties Could Be Liable
In some cases, establishing liability is generally straightforward. Consider the following example: a speeding vehicle rear ends another vehicle. The driver in the vehicle that got rear ended was driving safely, following all traffic laws and, most importantly, respecting the speed limit. The driver that was speeding was driving recklessly and breaching the duty of care owed towards all other parties on the road. Because the driver was speeding, the driver could not stop in time to avoid a collision when traffic slowed. In this example, liability is clear – the speeding driver caused the accident. Therefore, the driver would be held liable.
However, accidents in which multiple parties are somehow involved can prove more difficult. In the bus accident above, for example, multiple parties were involved in one way or another. Some of the parties involved that could potentially face liability include the following: the charter bus driver; the charter bus company; the drivers of the other vehicles involved in the crash; the manufacturer of the charter bus; the mechanics that worked on the charter bus; the school that hired the charter bus company; the city.
How could all these parties or entities face liability for the accident discussed above? It is important to note that all the parties listed above have some sort of duty of care that they must exercise to prevent innocent parties from suffering harm. In most cases, it takes thorough investigations to determine exactly what caused the accident; therefore, liability for harm suffered could be unclear for some time.
If you would like to learn more about establishing liability for the accident in which your child was injured, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our law firm at your earliest convenience. After a thorough evaluation of your case, we will help you understand liability as applicable to your claim.
Do You Have the Right to Sue?
Can you pursue a claim if your child suffered any sort of harm? The answer to this question is simple. If your child suffered harm as a direct result of the negligent actions of any party or entity, including a bus driver, a bus company, or even a school, you might have grounds to pursue a claim. The basis of most claims is negligence; specifically, a party or entity breached their duty of care towards you or your child, resulting in harm. Whenever a breached duty of care directly leads to harm, negligence (and liability) could be established. Since you have the right to sue, you might also be eligible to recover monetary compensation. If you would like to learn more about your right to pursue a claim based on the specific details surrounding the harm that your child suffered, do not hesitate to contact our law firm at your earliest convenience. The experts at our law firm are ready to help you understand whether you have the right to take legal action against the parties or entities liable for the harm that your child suffered.
Could I Receive Monetary Compensation?
Without a doubt, you might have grounds to pursue a claim. Depending on the specific details of your claim, you could be eligible to request compensation. If your claim reaches a successful outcome, you could receive the compensation that you deserve. Is there a guarantee that you will recover a specific type or amount of compensation? The type and amount of compensation that you are eligible to recover will always depend on the case-specific details surrounding your claim. In general, some of the types of compensation available for recovery could include the following: medical costs; lost income; mental and emotional distress (pain and suffering); loss of consortium (companionship); funeral and burial costs; property damage; punitive damages. The value of your claim and specific types of compensation available for recovery will always be based on case details; therefore, we always recommend that affected parties speak to an expert immediately for case-specific information.
When you allow our experts to handle your claim, you can be certain that our child injury experts will evaluate the value of your claim and aggressively fight for your right to recover the maximum amount of compensation available for recovery based on the details of your claim. Our lawyers will do everything within their reach to ensure that you and your child are rightfully compensated for all the harm he or she suffered as a result of an injury related to a school-activity. If you would like to speak with our experts regarding the potential value of your case, do not hesitate to contact us today.
What Deadline Applies to My Claim?
All claims are subject to strict deadlines that determine the specific time that affected parties have to file their claims – this is called a statute of limitations. What statute of limitations applies to your claim? In general, the state of California enforces a two-year statute of limitations for injury claims (and wrongful death claims). However, when you are pursuing your claim against a governmental entity (such as a school district, for instance), claims are subject to shorter deadlines. For example, claims against government agencies are typically subject to a 6-month statute of limitations; after the initial deadline, claims can be subject to either another 6-month deadline or a 2-year deadline depending on the specific response (or lack of thereof) from the school district (or other governmental entity).
What happens when claims are not filed accordingly based on the applicable statute of limitations? If claimants fail to file their claims within the timeline established by the statute of limitations, they will lose their right to sue – and also lose their right to receive any compensation. If you are ready to learn more about the specific statute of limitations that applies to your claim, do not hesitate to contact our law firm at your earliest convenience
Contact Downtown L.A. Law Group Today
If your child suffered any sort of harm on a school-related activity, such as a fieldtrip, for example, you might have many questions surrounding your right to pursue a claim. Are you considering the possibility of filing a claim against the party or entity liable for the harm that your child suffered? If so, do not hesitate to contact the experts at our firm. At Downtown L.A. Law Group, we have many years of experience handling many different types of claims, including claims arising from the harm suffered by innocent children. At our law firm, we want to help you fight for your child’s rights after being unjustly harmed in a preventable incident. We are ready to fight for your rights and help you fight to recover the compensation that you deserve.
When you contact our firm, you will find that we offer a variety of free legal services, which include free consultations and free second opinions. During our free consultations and free second opinions, our lawyers will be available to answer all your questions and address all your concerns – ensuring that you have the information that you need for your claim. It doesn’t matter whether you are starting or continuing your claim; you could trust that our lawyers will provide you with the guidance that you need to reach a successful claim outcome. Would you like to benefit from our free consultations or free second opinions? If so, do not hesitate to contact us today.
Our free legal services are available through our Zero-Fee guarantee – which ensures that our clients never have to worry about paying any upfront legal fees. Because our firm is also based on contingency, our clients will not be required to pay anything until after reaching successful claim outcomes. If you do not win, you will never have to pay us anything. If you are ready to discuss your claim with the experts at our law firm, do not hesitate to contact Downtown L.A. Law Group today.