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Bus accidents often result in serious, and even life-threatening, injuries. Before you know it, you can have an unpayable pile of bills resulting from a trip to the emergency room, surgical procedures, physical therapy, medication, and more. If you have been injured in a bus accident, Frish Law Group, APLC can help you pursue compensation for your losses. Our legal team has decades of experience and is ready to help you create an effective strategy to recover 100% of the money you are owed.
Causes of Bus Accidents in Woodland Hills
The foremost aspect of any bus accident claim is determining the cause of the accident. Once the cause is discovered, your legal representative will be able to identify all parties who can be held liable for your damages.
There are several causes of bus accidents in California, including:
Bus driver fatigue
Defective or outdated equipment
Poor weather conditions
Driving under the influence
Lack of sufficient driver training
California Common Carrier Laws
In California, several vehicles fall under the category of “common carrier.” A common carrier is any company that was created to transport people or property from one location to another at a fee. Buses are one type of common carrier among many others, including trains, taxis, planes, and cruise ships. Common carriers are held to a higher standard of care than other motor vehicles. This makes it easier for passengers and other individuals who are injured in a bus accident to establish negligence and hold the appropriate parties liable.
Under California Civil Code Section 2100, buses as common carriers must use the utmost care and diligence to ensure safe transport of their passengers and cargo. This includes making sure that bus drivers are properly trained and not overworked, as well as maintaining vehicles with regular inspections and repairs.
According to these statutes, bus companies are required to:
Give their passengers a reasonable amount of attention
Refrain from driving erratically or making sudden stops
Protect their passengers from harm
Screen and properly train their employees
Warn their passengers of any known dangers
Treat their passengers with civility
Provide a vehicle that is safe and capable of fulfilling its duties
Give their passengers proper accommodation
Proving Negligence in a Bus Accident Claim
In order to win a bus accident claim, you will need to prove that negligence occurred. There are several potential parties whose negligence could have led to your damages, including the bus driver, bus company, bus owner, bus maintenance company, bus manufacturer, and the government.
To prove negligence, you must show:
The responsible party owed you a duty of care
The responsible party breached that duty of care
The breach of that duty of care was the proximate cause of your injuries
You suffered losses due to the responsible party’s negligence