California Bus Accident Attorney
Bus Accident Lawyer
We are California bus accident lawyers. LA Century Law firm represents individuals who are hurt in bus crashes as well as families in wrongful death claims. Whether you are an occupant of the bus, a pedestrian, or in another vehicle, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Our bus accident lawyers are committed to helping clients receive compensation for the injuries and damages suffered under the law.
Lawyer for Bus Accidents in California
If you’re looking for a lawyer for bus accidents in California, we invite you to meet with LA Century Law to talk about your case. Bus accidents can be complex, especially to navigate legal liability and the proper process and steps to make a claim for compensation. Our lawyers in California can represent you each step of the process to make a claim. It’s our goal and mission to be a voice for people hurt through no fault of their own.
If you’ve been hurt by a bus, including:
- Private bus
- School bus
- Tour company
- Hotel shuttle, rental car shuttle
- Public transportation/transit
- Orange County Transportation Authority
- Los Angeles Metro bus/Other city bus service
- Private commercial shuttle bus
- Other government bus
We can help you assert your legal rights and claim the compensation that you deserve.
What kind of lawyer do I need for a bus accident case?
A personal injury/accident lawyer handles bus accident cases. They represent the injured person to claim monetary compensation. A bus injury lawyer pursues the legal rights of the victim to help them achieve the best possible result.
At LA Century Law, we handle a variety of civil cases, including bus accident claims. We have recovered millions of dollars through both settlements and trial judgments. We are experienced litigators and fully equipped to meet your legal needs in the courtroom and beyond.
How can a bus accident lawyer help me?
Our bus accident lawyers provide comprehensive legal services that include:
- Case investigation
- Witness identification and interviews
- Fully valuing damages and gathering the evidence to prove the amount
- Gathering records of bus use and maintenance that may be relevant
- Reporting to insurance companies to collect through existing policies
- Negotiating your settlement
- Determining whether you should accept a settlement or go to trial
- Interpreting bus accident laws and identifying any special legal issues
- Appearance at court hearings, talking to the judge and other lawyers
- Conducting the trial and presenting your case
- Finalizing a settlement agreement
- Collecting your compensation
Our lawyers pursue the many tasks needed to reach a favorable result in your case. We are trial lawyers, and we advocate for you as long as it takes to receive justice.
About LA Century Law
At LA Century Law, we are fighting for justice on behalf of individuals. We are a civil law firm with an array of practice areas, including bus accident claims. Our firm highlights include:
Experience in trial law. When you have an accident claim, you need a litigator who is confident in the courtroom. That’s LA Century Law.
Our founder and President, Ryan J. Daneshrad, Esq., is an aggressive advocate for clients. A graduate of Loyola Law School, he was the Chief Production Editor of the Loyola of Los Angeles International Law Review.
Representing our clients, we have won millions of dollars in settlements and judgments.
Recognition from peers and professional associations acknowledging our success, including the American Academy of Attorneys (Top 40 Under 40), Super Lawyers, and the International Advisory Experts Award for Personal Injury.
Settlement negotiations and trial advocacy are both critical to what we do. Whether you want to reach an agreement or have your day in court, we’re ready to fight aggressively until you have justice on your terms.
We view our law firm as family. Our clients are an extension of family. We’re committed to helping clients receive the compensation that they are due under the law.
California Bus Accident Lawsuit Compensation
Who pays compensation for a bus accident?
The party that pays compensation for a bus accident is the party responsible for the accident. Buses are usually owned by legal or public entities, not individuals. If the person at fault is the bus driver, the company they work for may be liable.
The bus manufacturer may even have legal liability for poor vehicle design or manufacturing. Bus drivers are “common carriers” in California. This means they are held to a higher standard than normal drivers. Failure to obey and follow each law strictly can be considered reckless or negligent conduct. This conduct entitles an individual harmed to compensation for their damages and injuries.
The California standard for negligence is failing to use reasonable care in the management of person or property leading up to the accident.
What is the basis of bus accident claims?
Bus accidents may be caused by:
- Failing to watch for pedestrians
- Errors during embarking and disembarking passengers
- Sudden stops; hazards that lead to sudden braking
- Poor bus maintenance
- Inadequate vehicle design and manufacturing
- Hiring and retaining unqualified drivers
- Failing to train workers properly
- Improper lane changes
- Failing to leave sufficient following distance from other vehicles
- Not observing traffic signals and stop signs
- Distracted driving; drowsy driving; texting
- Alcohol and drug-related crashes
How do I claim compensation after a bus accident?
To claim compensation after a bus accident, you file a claim with the responsible party’s insurance company. The bus owner should have car insurance and business insurance to cover them for accidents. It may also be necessary to file a legal claim in court.
California Bus Accident Lawsuit FAQs
Can you sue a bus company?
Yes, you can sue a bus company. A company is usually responsible for the actions of its drivers. Negligence principles and the rules of the road apply to bus drivers like all other vehicle operators.
Can you get compensation for a school bus accident?
Yes, you may get compensation for a school bus accident. There are special steps when the claim involves a government body and when a victim is a minor, so don’t wait to contact our lawyers.
What is typical bus accident compensation in California?
Because buses do not have seatbelts, an individual may be thrown from their seat in an accident. In addition, many bus accidents involve pedestrians who do not have the protection of a vehicle. For that reason, injuries in bus accidents tend to be particularly severe, leading to high compensation.
California law does not limit the amount that a bus accident victim may receive. Whatever your economic damages are (medical bills, lost income, and property damage), you may claim them as well as pain and suffering, emotional anguish, permanent disfigurement and changes in lifestyle.
Can I sue for a bus crash involving public transportation?
Yes, it is possible to bring a bus accident claim when public transportation is involved. A government entity may pay compensation for damages caused by their drivers. The California Tort Claims Act is involved, and the time limit to start the claim is as short as six months.
How long do I have to sue for a bus accident in California?
You have two years to sue for a bus accident in California. If the defendant is a government body, you have six months. Even if you haven’t fully healed from your injuries, it’s important to begin your case well in advance of the deadline. It’s best to contact our lawyers as soon as you are injured.
Does my wife or husband have a claim?
Yes. In California, a spouse of an injured party may make a claim for what is referred to legally as “Loss of Consortium”. Loss of Consortium is a form of “Non-Economic” damages that can be awarded to the spouse of an injured party.
California Civil Jury Instruction (CACI) No. 3920 states that when a spouse is harmed, their wife or husband may make a claim for the loss of their “companionship and services”, which includes “loss of love, companionship, comfort, care, assistance, protection, affection, society, moral support, sexual relations, and/or the ability to have children.”
Free Case Evaluation
At LA Century Law, we are proud of our firm history representing individuals and helping them get compensation. If you have been in a bus accident, you must take action to receive compensation. Don’t go it alone. Our lawyers are trained, experienced and committed to justice. We can represent you.
Contact us today for your free case evaluation. Time is limited, so do not wait. Call or message us today.