CharterUp is a company that created an online marketplace that allows people to look for and book bus charters in just a few minutes. CharterUp offers a number of charter services, including the following:
- Buses for schools, teams, airlines, religious groups, government, emergency services, and travel agents, etc.
- Shuttles for university and campuses, corporations and employees, hospitals and healthcare workers, airports, religious groups, private events, etc.
In California, specifically, CharterUp offers their services in Los Angeles, Irvine, San Diego, San Francisco, and San Jose. The company also offers their services in other states. In total, they serve more than 50 cities nationwide. According to the company, CharterUp works with over 1,000 bus companies and over 4,000 buses.
The company is essentially connecting those looking for charter service with those offering charter services. Of course, everyone who books a charter bus or a charter shuttle can potentially be involved in an accident that could lead to a number of injuries. If you or a member of your family suffered harm on a charter bus or shuttle that was obtained through CharterUp, you might have grounds to file a lawsuit.
You should seek legal assistance with the experts at our law firm immediately to learn more about the legal options available to you after an accident on a charter bus or charter shuttle. Here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group, our CharterUp accident attorneys are ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to understand your right to sue and recover compensation after an accident on a charter bus or charter shuttle. For more information about your legal options, do not hesitate to contact us immediately.
Some Causes of Bus and Shuttle Accidents
Any time that these buses or shuttles are on the road, accidents can occur. Like any other vehicular accident, charter bus and charter shuttle bus accidents can happy at any time. Although every situation is different, some of the common causes of these accidents include the following:
- Unforeseen mechanical failures
- Road defects (including dangerous road conditions)
- Negligence of drivers (driving under the influence, driving sleepy, distracted driving, etc.)
- Negligence of charter bus/shuttle companies (negligent hiring, training, and supervision)
In addition to vehicular accidents during transport, other incidents can occur while on the charter bus/shuttle. These incidents can include slip and falls, trip and falls, falling object incidents, assault and battery, and sexual assault, for example. Although these incidents are of a different nature than crashes and collisions, they can still result in significant injuries to all parties involved – and these charter bus/shuttle companies could still be held accountable.
Every incident involving a charter bus or charter shuttle is different and could potentially lead to different types of injuries. Some of these injuries include the following:
- Head injuries, including concussions and traumatic brain injuries
- Neck injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Back injuries
- Fractured bones
- Severed limbs
- Crushing injuries
- Burn injuries
- Strains and sprains
- Scrapes and bruises
Depending on the severity of the incident, these injuries could be critical – and even fatal. Regardless of the specific type of injuries that you or a loved one suffered in a charter bus or charter shuttle, you should explore your legal options as soon as possible as you might have grounds to file a lawsuit.
Who is Liable?
Who is liable for the harm that you or a loved one suffered in an accident on a bus or shuttle chartered through the CharterUp marketplace? Like with any other bus or shuttle accident, the bus/shuttle company could be liable for any harm resulting to passengers. This is because these bus and shuttle companies are considered common carriers. A common carrier can be defined as any company whose business consists of transporting people (or property) at a fee. Common carriers have a number of responsibilities towards passengers which include some of the following: protect passengers from harm (including any harm by other passengers on the vehicle), warn passengers of existing dangers, provide passengers with a safe vehicle to be transported in, not drive dangerously, and even properly screen/train their employees (to ensure that they do not pose a threat to passengers), for example. These responsibilities apply to vehicular accidents as well as other accidents that can occur on these vehicles that are not necessarily crashes.
Without a doubt, the charter bus and shuttle companies could be liable for any incident that occurs on their vehicles, but can CharterUp be liable in any situation? Companies like CharterUp often argue that they do not provide the specific services, rather they are only connecting people looking for service to companies offering service. Regardless, CharterUp has a lot of control over its marketplace. It can investigate reported issues and remove certain companies from their marketplace when they have been associated with multiple incidents, for example. If CharterUp fails to address the risk presented by certain companies using the marketplace, then CharterUp could definitely be found liable for any new incidents involving these companies that should have been previously flagged.
For more information about establishing liability for a CharterUp bus or shuttle accident and your right to sue, do not hesitate to contact our experts at our firm immediately. A CharterUp shuttle bus injury attorney is ready to help you.
Your Right to Recover Compensation
If your lawsuit is successful, you could be eligible to recover monetary compensation. Some of the categories of compensation that you could recover include the following:
- Medical costs
- Lost earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Legal fees
What if you are filing for the wrongful death of a loved one? In the case of wrongful death, you could be compensated for all medical costs incurred before the victim’s death, loss of support, loss of consortium, and funeral/burial costs, for example.
For more information about the specific compensation that you could be awarded if your lawsuit is ultimately successful, it is important that you seek legal assistance with the experts here at our law firm immediately. Our Charter Up accident attorneys are ready to evaluate your claim and fight for your right to recover the highest settlement available. You can trust that our experts will not rest until you are awarded the payout that you are owed.
The Statute of Limitations
In California, all injury claims (and even wrongful death claims) are subject to a two-year statute of limitations. This gives claimants only two years to file their claims. Failing to file claims on time can result in losing the right to sue completely. However, it is important to note that certain exceptions to the statute of limitations could apply based on the details surrounding the claim. For more information regarding the specific length of time that you have to file your claim, do not hesitate to contact a charter shuttle bus lawyer as soon as possible.
Contact Downtown L.A. Law Group Today
Are you looking for a Charter Up accident attorney that can help you after your accident involving a chartered bus or shuttle? If so, you can trust the accident lawyer at our law firm to help you. Here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group, our attorneys have decades of experience and are ready to help you sue and recover the settlement that you are owed.
We are proud to offer free legal services, which include free consultations and free second opinions. During these free legal services, our charter bus and charter shuttle accident attorneys will provide you with the guidance that you need to really take action and fight for your rights. To benefit from these free legal services, contact us at your earliest convenience.
We offer a Zero-Fee guarantee, meaning that our clients will not be required to pay any upfront legal costs for any of our legal services. In addition, because we work on contingency, our clients will never be required to pay anything until after winning. If you don’t win, you won’t be responsible for paying anything.
For more information about the legal options available to you, do not hesitate to reach out to us and speak to our experts. We are ready to help you with your bus accident or shuttle bus accident claim.