A bus vs. truck accident left a commuter bus tipped over on its side and its occupants injured. The crash occurred on the morning of June 27, 2022, on Imperil Highway and Douglas Street, close to Aviation Blvd. The commuter bus had 20 occupants at the time of the accident. Paramedics arrived on the scene, but the extent of the injuries was unclear.
Bus accidents and truck accidents are among the most dangerous types of accidents. These incidents can result in severe injuries. If you or a loved one sustained injuries in a bus accident, you might have grounds to file a lawsuit. For more information about the legal options available to you, you should seek legal assistance with the experts at our law firm as soon as possible.
Our experts at the Downtown L.A. Law Group are ready to help you. We have decades of experience handling all sorts of injury claims, including bus accident claims. Our attorneys can help you file your injury claim and fight for your right to the settlement that you are owed. If you would like to speak to the experts at our law firm, contact us at your earliest convenience. Our experts can help you every step of the way.
Potential Bus Accident Injuries
Without a doubt, bus accidents and truck accidents can result dangerous injuries. These injuries can include the following:
- Head injuries and brain injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Hip injuries
- Knee injuries
- Crushing injuries
- Severed limbs
- Nerve, ligament, and muscle damage
- Scrapes and bruises
Bus crashes often lead to severe injuries for two reasons in particular – buses are not normally equipped with seatbelts, and they are often carrying many passengers (the bus involved in today’s accident had 20 occupants). When a crash occurs, these passengers are usually thrown around in the bus. Any incident involving a commercial truck is also likely to lead to dangerous injuries, just because of the size and weight of these vehicles.
Of course, these injuries can result in permanent harm. Some of these injuries can also be fatal.
Regardless of the harm that you or a loved one suffered in a bus accident, you might have grounds to file a lawsuit. The experts here at our law firm are ready to fight for your rights and help you take legal action.
Some Possible Causes of Bus Accidents
Bus accidents can occur for many reasons. Unfortunately, many of these reasons are completely preventable. Some of these causes include the following:
- Drivers falling asleep behind the wheel, driving distracted, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, texting while driving, etc. (driver negligence)
- Unskilled, untrained, unlicensed drivers; drivers with a bad record (company negligence)
- Buses in disrepair (company negligence)
- Dangerous road conditions, including potholes, defective traffic lights, poorly lit intersections, etc. (city agency negligence)
- Defective buses on the road (auto manufacturer negligence)
Regardless of the specific cause of the bus accident, it is important that you seek legal assistance as soon as possible. You could have grounds to file a lawsuit.
Understanding Liability – Buses are Common Carriers
In the case of auto accidents, liability is based on the concept of negligence. Negligence consists of four elements – a duty of care, a breach of duty, cause, and harm. All drivers on the road have a duty of care towards others on the road (they must use caution and skill while driving to avoid any incidents). When drivers drive recklessly and cause an accident, then they are breaching their duty of care. When a breach of duty contributes to an accident, then the driver can be liable and can be sued.
Things with bus accidents are different. Buses are considered common carriers. Common carriers have a strict duty of care towards their passengers. They have the duty to carry their passengers safely using the highest care/vigilance to avoid any incidents. Based on these common carrier laws, bus companies are strictly liable for the harm that their passengers suffer on their buses with very few exceptions.
For more information about establishing liability after a bus accident, do not hesitate to contact the experts at our law firm as soon as possible.
Your Right to Sue
Do you have the right to sue after a bus accident? Yes, you could have the right to file a lawsuit for the harm that you or a loved one suffered in a bus accident. If you would like to learn more about your right to file a lawsuit, contact the experts at our law firm immediately. Our lawyers are ready to provide you with all the information that you need to really understand your rights and feel confident in starting the legal process. We are ready to guide you every step of the way.
You Can File a Government Claim
The incident discussed above involved a bus from the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT). What does this mean? In incidents that involve a city bus, victims and their families could have grounds to sue the city agency involved. To take legal action against a city agency, claimants have to file a government claim. For more information about your right to file a government claim against LADOT after a bus accident, do not hesitate to contact the experts at our law firm as soon as possible. Our lawyers can guide you every step of the way.
Contact the Experts at the Downtown L.A. Law Group
At the Downtown L.A. Law Group, our injury lawyers have decades of experience handling all sorts of injury claims, including bus accident claims. Our lawyers are ready to handle your claim effectively and fight for your right to get the highest settlement available – including a recovery for medical costs, lost income, pain and suffering, and more. If you are ready to discuss the legal options available for you, do not hesitate to contact us immediately. Our bus accident lawyers are ready to help you every step of the way.
We are proud to offer free legal services, which include free consultations and free second opinions. During these free legal services, our injury attorneys will be available to answer all your questions and address all your concerns, making sure to provide you with all the information that you need to either begin your claim or redirect your claim after starting it at another law firm. If you are interested in benefiting from our free legal services, contact us immediately.
We are also proud to offer a Zero-Fee guarantee, so you will never have to pay upfront legal costs for any of our legal services. In addition, we work on contingency, so our clients will actually not be required to pay any legal costs until after winning their claims. If you do not win, you will not be responsible for paying anything whatsoever.
If you are interested in learning more about your legal options, contact us today.