Charter Bus Accident Attorney | Liability Passenger Injuries Onboard
Chartered bus accidents are common. When a company, group or organization charters a bus they must make sure the company which they charter it from is properly insured. Failure to make sure that the proper insurance coverage exist can hold the company responsible for chartering the bus liable. If you have been injured in a tour bus or chartered bus accident you should know your rights. Contact the attorneys at Downtown L.A. Law for a free case evaluation.
Downtown L.A. Law Group is a personal injury law firm with many years of experience handling all sorts of claims, including claims resulting from charter bus accidents. Our bus accident lawyers are ready to evaluate your claim and provide you with the guidance that you need to successfully sue the liable party and fight for your right to recover a fair amount of compensation.
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Liability for Injuries in Chartered Bus Crash
Who is liable if you were injured? Say the bus driver of the chartered tour bus or 15-passenger van slams the accelerator or hits the brakes abruptly. Or if they rear end a car, who is liable? Liability in these cases will almost always be against the tour bus company. But what happens if the tour bus company does not carry insurance? In such cases it is possible to pursue a case against the chartering agency or the organizer of the event, specifically for failing to ensure that the chartered bus was properly insured.
If none of these options are available you will need to pursue a claim against your own un-insured motorist coverage if possible.
Common Carrier Laws in the United States: Under the Common Law systems common carriers are individuals or entities who meet the following points: (1) maintain a regular place of business for the purposes of transposing passengers (2) the business of public entity advertises its services to the general public (3)have a set standardization of fees for the transportation of individuals from one place to another. Chartered bus operators and tour bus operators are regarded as common carriers in almost all jurisdictions in the united states.
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When a bus is chartered, the responsible party for chartering the bus should make sure that adequate insurance exists. Many times insurance policies are not properly checked. You must physically check to see whether the insurance policy covers the bus and make sure to know the limits of the policy. If in-sufficient insurance exist, injured passengers can pursue a claim against their own insurance company. This type of claim is considered an under-insured or un-insured motorist coverage. Each have specific limitations, which you can read by clicking here.
Bus Company Liability: Bus companies will be liable when their driver is responsible for the accident. If the bus driver causes the injury the passengers will be able to pursue a cause of action for injuries against the bus company. However in certain cases bus companies will deny liability or fail to provide insurance information. In these types of cases you will likely need to file lawsuit in order to be successful in recovering any compensation for your injuries. As a passenger in a bus you are considered to be a negligent free passenger. What this means is that you are not responsible for the negligence caused by the bus driver or any other party. As a negligent free passenger you are able to recover compensation for your injuries against the bus company.
Charter Company Liability: In certain cases the charter bus company will also be held liable for injuries sustained. If the organization failed to identify whether proper insurance existed, or if they failed to adhere to certain safety protocols they can be held liable. Passengers place trust in the organizing party to ensure that their safety is considered. When this responsibility is not satisfied and passengers are injured, the charter company can be held liable. Instances where insurance is not properly verified, or buses are not maintained causing injury can result in liability against the charter company.
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Other Potential Liable Parties:
- Local and State government agencies for unsafe dangerous roadway conditions or failure to properly maintain roads
- Bus and Chartered Van manufacturers for defective products including defective brakes, seatbelts, and tires.
- After market suppliers and installers for improper installation and maintenance of chartered bus lines
Bus Company Not Carrying Insurance
If the bus operator or company is not carrying insurance you can recover by filing a un-insured motorist claim against your own insurance carrier. You are only permitted to file a UIM claim if there is no insurance coverage at the time of the accident. Filing a UIM case will depend on many different factors and a qualified attorney should be consulted. Since UIM claims are against your own insurance they will be a little bit different. In order to fully understand what the requirements are contact an attorney. Each state has different laws and it is important that you consult with an attorney regarding this matter.
Filing a Personal Injury Claim – Your Potential Recovery
Personal Injury matters can be quit challenging requiring expert legal experience and hands on attention to detail. Victims of bus accidents are entitled to compensation for all their losses. What could you recover? If you file an injury lawsuit that is ultimately successful, you could be eligible to recover compensation for all or some of the following:
- All medical expenses including Emergency room visit, hospitalization and prescription drug costs
- All future medical expenses including rehabilitation, corrective and revision surgery and nursing home care for disabilities
- Lost wages and future loss of income due to inability to work
- All costs associated with the property damage resulting from the incident
- Any costs resulting from the death of a victim, including funeral and burial costs
- Loss of consortium for the lost ability to have a normal relationship with the victim
- Non Economic damages including Pain and Suffering, Emotional Trauma and Punitive Damages where possible.
- Legal Expenses
Would you like to learn more about the specific type and amount of compensation that you could be eligible to receive if your claim is successful? If so, do not hesitate to contact the experts at our firm as soon as possible. Our charter bus accident attorneys will evaluate your claim and help you better understand the potential value of your claim. Our lawyers are also ready to help you fight for the highest amount of compensation available.
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Were you or a member of your family injured in a charter bus accident? If so, you might have many questions that we could help you answer. Would you like to learn more about your right to sue? Are you interested in exploring the legal options available to you? If so, do not hesitate to contact the experts at our firm immediately. Our charter bus accident lawyers at Downtown L.A. Law Group are ready to evaluate your claim and provide you with the guidance that you need to win and recover the compensation that you are owed. If you are ready to speak with our experts, contact us today.
Because we understand how difficult it could be to access legal services, we are dedicated to remaining accessible to all. More specifically, we offer free legal services, which include free consultations and free second opinions. During these free legal services, our personal injury lawyers experienced in charter bus accident claims will answer your questions, address your concerns, and ensure that you have access to all the information that you need to begin or continue you claim. Are you interested in benefiting from our free legal services and speaking with our lawyers? If so, contact us today.
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