Bus Abrupt Stop Accident Attorney
Bus accidents are, unfortunately, very common. These accidents can occur for a number of reasons, including sudden stops. If you or a loved one suffered injured in a sudden stop bus accident, you could have grounds to file a lawsuit. For more information about the legal options available to you, do not hesitate to contact to reach out to our team.
Our lawyers here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group have many years of experience handling all sorts of injury claims. Our lawyers can help you pursue your bus accident claim and get you the highest recovery available for the harm suffered. If you are ready to speak with our lawyers, contact us today.
Sudden Stop Bus Accidents
I was injured when the bus made a sudden stop for no reason. I was injured when the bus made a sudden stop with no warning. Unfortunately, these types of incidents occur much more often than we think. Buses normally don’t have any seatbelts to keep passengers in their seats. In addition, some buses actually allow passengers to stand while the bus is moving. A sudden stop, whether the passengers are already seated, are walking towards a seat, or are standing, can cause passengers suffer serious injuries. The force of the sudden stop can cause seated passengers to crash into other passengers, crash into the seat in front of them, crash into the metal bars near them, or even to fall out of their seats, for instance. Passengers that are walking towards a seat or standing can also fall or be launched due to a sudden stop.
Why do these sudden stops happen? In most cases, these sudden or abrupt stops happen because of the recklessness of the bus driver. The bus driver might be distracted and have to make an abrupt stop to prevent a crash with a pedestrian or another vehicle, for example.
Possible Injuries from Bus Sudden Stop Incidents
Bus passengers can suffer a number of injuries in these accidents. Some of these injuries can include the following:
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Joint injuries, including shoulder injuries, hip injuries, knee injuries, for example
- Fractures, including simple fractures and complex fractures
- Nerve injuries
- Ligament injuries
- Muscle injuries
- Scrapes and bruises
Regardless of the specific type of injuries that you or a loved one sustained in a sudden stop bus crash, it is important that you seek legal assistance as soon as possible. Based on the details surrounding the incident, you could have the right to sue?
Can I Sue?
Depending on the details surrounding the incident and the harm that you or a loved one suffered, you could sue. Who could you sue? The answer to this question will depend on the type of bus that the incident occurred on. You could have grounds to sue the bus company (whether it’s a charter or tour bus company), the company that operates the bus (this could be a casino or a hotel, for example), a school district (for incidents occurring on a school bus), and even a city agency (for incidents occurring on city buses). You will find information on the different entities that could be liable for bus accidents below.
Private bus companies– like Greyhound Bus Lines
Many people choose to travel on private buses for a number of reasons. Greyhound remains one of the most popular private bus options in our area. Without a doubt, private bus companies, like Greyhound, could be held accountable for the harm that their passengers sustain in a sudden stop incident.
Charter bus and tour bus lines – including those chartered by casinos, hotels, and even churches
Many different business hire charter buses and tour buses to bring people to them. This is very common for casinos as well as hotels and resorts. In general, it is the charter bus and/or tour bus company that would face liability for harm resulting from bus accidents. However, if the business that hired the bus company was aware of a history of incidents or had received complaints from their guests and failed to take any action, business owners could also face some liability.
Schools typically have their own school buses that district employees drive. If there is any incident on the school bus, the school district could be liable for any harm to students or staff on board. In some cases, districts actually charter buses to transport students. Depending on the specific situation, charter bus companies could also be held accountable.
City transportation agencies
In California, specifically in Los Angeles, public transportation is essential. Many people rely on city buses for transportation. The largest public bus systems in Los Angeles include Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) and Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro). Other of the major public bus lines in California include the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, Sacramento Regional Transit, Bay Area Rapid Transit, and SF Bay Area Transportation Directory. In general, incidents involving city owned and operated bus lines make the city liable for the harm that passengers suffer.
Why Are These Entities Liable? – Understanding Common Carrier Laws
Bus companies are considered common carriers. Common carriers owe their passengers the highest level of care. Specifically, based on Civil Code § 2100, common carriers “must use the utmost care and diligence for [the] safe carriage [of passengers] …and must exercise to that end a reasonable degree of skill.” Because of common carrier laws, bus companies are usually strictly liable for any harm that their passengers suffer on their buses.
Your Right to Compensation
If your bus sudden stop accident claim is ultimately successful, you could be entitled to recover compensation. Some of the different categories of compensation that you could be awarded include some of the following:
- Medical costs
- Lost pay
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Funeral and burial costs
- Punitive damages
- Legal costs
What could you recover? Of course, the specific type and amount of compensation that claimants could recover will always be based on the details surrounding their claims. Here at our law firm, we are dedicated to fighting for your rights and getting you the highest payout available for your bus accident claim.
What is the Average Value of Sudden Stop Bus Accident Claims?
What is the average value of compensation if I file a lawsuit for injuries? Although it is normal to have questions about the average value of claims similar to yours, trying to find these values can be difficult and often misleading. This is because claim values are strictly based on the details of the case, including the types of injuries sustained. In general, the possible value of these cases can range from $200,000 up to $1 Million depending on the case. Cases with more moderate injuries will be on the lower end of this range, while cases with more severe injuries will be on the higher end of this range. For more information about the possible value of your claim, contact us today.
Contact the Downtown L.A. Law Group Today
Were you or a loved one injured in a bus accident caused by a sudden stop? If so, you could have grounds to file a lawsuit. If you are ready to explore your legal options and pursue your bus accident claim, do not hesitate to contact the experts at our law firm immediately. Our lawyers have decades of experience handling all sorts of injury claims and are more than ready to handle your claim effectively.
We are proud to offer free legal services, which includes both free consultations and free second opinions. During our free legal services, our bus accident lawyers will be able to answer all your questions and address absolutely all of your concerns. You can trust that our lawyers will be available to provide you with the information that you need to begin or continue your bus accident claim. If you would like to benefit from these free legal services, contact us at your earliest convenience.
Here at our law firm, we are proud to offer a Zero-Fee guarantee, meaning that our clients will not be required to pay upfront legal costs for any legal services. Additionally, we work on a strict contingency structure; therefore, claimants will never be required to pay anything until after winning their claims. If you do not win, you will not pay any legal costs.
If you are ready to speak with our sudden stop bus accident lawyers, contact our lawyers here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group today.