Bus Accidents are the cause of thousands of serious injuries and hundreds of fatalities every year.
Our Law Firm is dedicated to protecting the rights of bus passengers, motorists, motorcyclists, pedestrians, and bicyclists who have suffered from severe injuries from Riverside RTA Public Transportation Bus accidents. Victims of Bus accidents have the legal right to file personal injury claims for monetary compensation against owners and operators of public transportation lines. Our team of Bus Accident Attorneys can help you get the compensation you are entitled to under the law – including recovery for – Medical Expenses, Future medical and rehabilitation costs, Pain and Suffering, Financial Losses including lost wages and loss of future income, and Punitive Damages where possible.
Riverside Bus Accident Lawsuits against RTA Riverside Bus Operators
Bus accident litigation by a passenger, pedestrian or driver in a car struck by a bus often included multiple defendants. Defendants in bus accidents claims often include the bus driver-operator, maintenance and repair companies, the city, bus manufactures and defective parts manufacturers.
Heightened Duty of Bus Drivers to Passenger and Motorists on the Road: Bus drivers and operators of bus lines owe passengers, motorists and pedestrians a heightened level of care. Under California Common Carrier Laws bus operators must use the utmost care and diligence for their safe carriage, must provide anything necessary for that purpose including a safe vehicle for transport. Common carriers can include public transportation entities run by city or state agencies or private tour buses or chartered bus line operators.
Statute of Limitations Against Public Entities: California Government Code Section 810 et seq. sets the rules regarding governmental entities for personal injury liability and compensation for damages under state law. The California’s Torts Claims Act provides for a limited waiver of sovereign immunity to bring personal injury claims against the State of California including all public entities. However the claim against the government entity which owns and operated the bus line must be filed within is six months. So, if you have been hurt in a bus accident you should act quickly to seek legal representation as the statute of limitations may bar you from recovering for your injuries
Most Common Causes of Bus Accidents
Bus Accidents can be caused by numerous compounding factors including driver negligence, defective manufacturing of buses and negligent repair and maintenance. Some of the most common causes of bus accidents in Riverside are as follows:
[ca-sidebar id=”21960″] Bus Occupant Injuries and Wheelchair Bus Lift Injuries: Bus passengers are frequently hurt in accident or incidents caused by bus operator negligence. One of the most frequent negligent acts leading to passenger injuries are sudden stops or suddenly accelerations. Both standing and seated passengers can suffer the injuries from sudden stops or starts. Wheelchair lifts on board Pasadena Area Rapid Transit System 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.
Riverside Schools Bus Accident Law Firm Here to Help
School buses are amongst the safest forms of transportation on our roads. Also school buses are the largest form of public transportation in the United States. However in some instances catastrophe may strike leaving innocent children victims of grave injuries. According to the NHTSA from 1998 to 2008 1,564 people perished in school transportation accidents in the United Sates. Most of the persons killed in such accidents were occupants of other vehicles involved. During that same period close to 270 persons lost their lives due to bus-pedestrian collision averaging close to 25 per year.
Common Injuries in Bus Accidents:
Numerous injuries can occur as a result of bus collisions. Because of their large size bus accidents can lead to serious injuries and sadly in some cases fatalities. Some of the most common bust accident injuries are as follows:
Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuits – In the State of California relatives of individuals killed in auto have the legal right to file a claim against all liable parties. California Code of Civil Procedure Section 377.60-377.62“A cause of action for the death of a person caused by the wrongful act or neglect of another may be asserted by any of the following persons or by the decedent’s personal representative on their behalf: (a) The decedent’s surviving spouse, domestic partner, children, and issue of deceased children, or, if there is no surviving issue of the decedent, the persons, including the surviving spouse or domestic partner, who would be entitled to the property of the decedent by intestate succession.”
Bus Accident Attorney Riverside California
If you’ve been injured in a Riverside Bus Crash, you must first tend to your wounds and heal your injuries. Seeking vindication of your rights is our job. Our aggressive and fearless Riverside accident lawyers will keep on the offensive until you have been compensated for your injuries and vindicated for your loss. We will 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. Remember – Statute of Limitations Can Eliminate you Chance at Recovery: Under California Laws Bus Accident Claims for damaged against public transportation companies must be filed within six months on (180 days) from the date of the Accident. 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 rightful claim. Contact our Firm – Call us for a free consultation with one of our injury lawyers concerning your bus accident claim: (888) 649-7166