Commercial bus transportation can be safe and cost efficient. However, when a passenger is injured while riding a bus line, they may have suffered serious injuries requiring extensive medical attention and rehabilitation. Passengers have been known to suffer serious head injurie
s, broken bones, whiplash, post traumatic stress
and other moderate to severe injuries. Downtown L.A. Law group has been an advocate for those involved in such injuries.
Our firm has been advising clients of their rights and the informing them of the filing deadlines associated with these cases. If you have been injured as a passenger as a result of a bus accident
read the following for information on your rights.
Surveillance Footage on Bus- Evidence for help your Injury on Board Bus Claim
Generally most California bus lines surveillance footage of the events that take place during the accident. This footage can be the most advantageous element of your claim or the most disadvantageous part of your claim.
It is important to disclose to your attorney the events exactly as they happened, since any argument made will rely on these facts. However, if the surveillance footage shows a different scenario this can jeopardize not only your ability to recover, but your entire claim. MTA attorneys will aggressively defend and litigate against any injury claim. The law firm you select to represent you, must have the resources and time to dedicate fighting your claim.
Conversely if the surveillance footage shows that the bus operator or driver was at fault, then the surveillance footage will be beneficial in helping establish injuries and liability. It is important to remember that these vehicles are equipped with surveillance technology and monitor the events that take place. Thus, it is important to explain and events exactly as they occurred in order to help determine the best course of action.
Filing Deadlines – Filing a Personal Injury Claim against City Government entities
: Most bus lines in the State of California are government entities. This changes your timely deadlines. When suing a government agency you have 6 months from the date of the accident to file your claim. The date of the accident is considered the date the accident took place. Certain filing statutes do not start until you have notice of your injuries, however with regards to these types of claims they must be brought immediately.
It is important that your personal injury attorney know of these deadlines. Many attorneys are unaware of the entity ownership of these agencies and fail to file your claim in a timely manner. In such cases you will be barred from recovery against the MTA or LADOT.
Attorney Experience is crucial
: Make sure your attorney is versed in the timely deadlines and begins the treatment process in a timely manner. If you have questions contact Downtown LA Law Group for a free case evaluation.
Who is at fault? – Liability for Passenger – Occupant Injuries On Board a Bus or Public Transportation Vehicle
Liability or fault for your injuries depends on a number of factors. Bus operators owe a duty as a common carrier for the safety of their passengers. When the bus suddenly starts moving at an aggressive speed and abruptly stops causing injuries, they will be liable.
Generally, the bus operator will be liable when they acted in a negligent manner. Because such operators are charged with the safety of their passengers they will be held liable if the bus driver acted negligently when operating the vehicle.
Call (888) 649-7166 to set up a free, no obligation consultation to find out if you have a case.
Common Injuries resulting from Accidents on Board Buses
Common injuries can be minor to severe and include:
- Head injuries;
- Traumatic brain injuries;
- Shoulder injuries;
- Back injuries;
- Knee injuries;
- Broken nose;
- Traumatic eye injuries;
- Bulging disc;
- Post traumatic stress
Each of these injuries requires treatment and it is important to understand the full extent of your injuries. You may be entitled to recovery for present and future medical losses. It is important that any settlement offered include recovery for loss of wages and the cost for future medical care. Consult with your attorney regarding all of these injuries.
Sudden Stops or Starts on Buses – A Leading Cause of Occupant/Passenger Injures
When the bus driver makes sudden stops or suddenly accelerates, injuries can result. Both standing and seated passengers can suffer the injuries from sudden stops or starts.
Standing passengers can be seriously hurt when they fall to the ground as a result of the sudden acceleration or deceleration. Regardless of whether the passenger is holding onto the grab rails forward moving or backward moving injuries can result. Passengers can be thrown against the windows or walls of the bus or onto other passengers. In such cases the bus operator would be liable for the injuries of the passengers.
Seated passengers can also be seriously injured. Because bus lines do not have seat belts seated passengers can easily be flung against the seat in front of them in the event that an abrupt stop is made. These passengers are often times asleep or napping when the event takes place and cannot anticipate or react to avoid injuries. As a result many suffer serious facial injuries and other bodily injuries. It is important to seek medical attention for your injuries to determine the extent of the harm suffered.
To speak with a Los Angeles bus accident lawyer, call (888) 649-7166.
Wheelchair Lifts Defects:
Wheelchair lifts on board buses are designed to assist disabled and handicapped individuals. However, in many instances such devices can be defective leading to serious bodily injuries to unsuspecting bus users. 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. If you have been injured by a Wheelchair lift accident on a local city bus contact the Downtown LA Law Firm.
Expert, Experienced, and Dedicated Legal Representation:
If you’ve been injured as a passenger on board Bus, you must first tend to your wounds and heal your injuries. Seeking vindication of your rights is our job.
Our aggressive and tenacious Bus Accident Lawyers of California will keep on the offensive until you have been 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. In the meantime, concentrate on the most important part of this process – your recovery.
: It is crucial to act quickly after you’ve been injured to report any bus accident claim before any limitations can lower or extinguish your right to compensation for the injuries you suffered. Call us for a free consultation with one of our accident lawyers concerning your bus accident claim: (888) 649-7166