ACCIDENTS INVOLVING LARGE TRUCKS, BUSES OR OTHER COMMERCIAL VEHICLES
Like truck accidents, bus accidents are on the rise in the United States. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration indicates that 11,237 buses were involved in crashes in 2006, up from 7,039 in 2002. In addition, bus accidents in 2006 caused 331 fatalities and 14,467 non-fatal injuries. With gas prices rising and more people opting for public transportation instead of commuting, it is not surprising that these numbers are rising. Whether you were a passenger, pedestrian, or a driver or passenger in another vehicle that was involved in a collision with a bus, you may be able to be compensated by the bus company for your injuries.
PASSENGERS ON BUSES
Many accidents involving buses are similar to those involving other large vehicles. Buses, however, add the complication of carrying passengers. Passengers on buses are owed a higher standard of care from the bus company—that of the “common carrier.” This duty is owed by both the bus driver and the bus company who both may be negligent if they do not use the required care. For example, negligence causing passenger injury includes the following:
- The bus makes a sudden stop and is rear-ended by another vehicle.
- The bus strikes an immovable object such as a post.
- The bus is overloaded with either luggage or passengers.
- The company may fail to maintain the bus, causing an equipment failure.
- The driver may be fatigued, not getting the required amount of rest.
You can be compensated for damages caused by the carrier’s negligence whether the bus is run by a government authority or a private company (including charters). Examples of these different entities include the following:
- Metro Transit Authority (MTA)
- National Express Coach
- Coach Skylines
- Antelope Valley Transit Authority
- Burbank Local Transit
- Carson Circuit
- Culver Citybus
- El Monte Transit Services
- Foothill Transit
- Glendale Bee Line
- Golden Empire Transit
- Long Beach Transit
- City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT)
- Municipal Area Express (MAX)
- LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)
- Montebello Bus Lines
- Norwalk Transit
- Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA)
- Santa Clarita Transit
- Santa Monica Big Blue Bus
- Torrance Transit
It is important to act promptly to preserve evidence, investigate the cause of the accident, and to file a lawsuit prior to the deadline imposed by the statute of limitations. If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident with a bus or large commercial vehicle, contact James R. Gillen at 877-619-3095 for a no cost, no obligation consultation.