San Diego Bus Accident Attorneys
If you are injured while on a bus, the bus company may be responsible for any injuries that you may suffer. Make sure you consult with an attorney after the accident to get the compensation you deserve.
Bus Accidents Happen More Often Than You Think
Many people think buses do not often get into accidents, but it happens. Millions of people take public transportation every year. Although it is one of the safer ways to travel, buses still can get into accidents which can lead to passenger injuries. In San Diego County, the major bus line providers are San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and North County Transit District (NCTD).
Who is Responsible for Your Injury?
If you are involved in an accident on a bus and you are hurt, the bus company will generally be held liable for any injuries that you may have since buses are considered “common carriers.” Basically, a common carrier has special laws imposed on them in the event of an accident. They are held to the “utmost care” in operating their bus, making the threshold for proving the bus line responsible for your injuries very low. Buses, trolleys, planes, trains, and cruise ships are all considered common carriers. It is much easier to prove that the bus is liable because of this rule, but it is a good idea to hire an experienced bus accident attorney to ensure you get all the compensation you are entitled to. Bus companies are notoriously difficult to deal with after an accident—despite the common carrier obligations—and they typically low-ball injured people and force them to bring lawsuits.
Common Causes of Collisions
There are many reasons why a bus may get into an accident. Sometimes the bus driver does not pay attention as much as he should and he will run into another car. Sometimes, other cars will attempt to cut in front of a slow moving bus, causing the bus driver to swerve and crash into another car. These types of collisions are especially common during the morning and evening commute to work and school. There could be a defect in the bus that was not probably repaired by the bus company. Finally, inclement weather or poor roads can also cause a bus to get in an accident.
What Injuries are Caused by Bus Accidents?
Since most buses are not equipped with seat belts, even a minor bus collision can be harmful to its passengers. The most common types of injuries are concussions or whiplashes. Back, shoulder, and neck sprains are also common. If the accident is serious, a passenger can even fly out of their seats and hit their heads on the top or side of the bus, causing serious contusions or broken bones. These injuries could even be fatal.
How Can Our Attorneys Help?
The San Diego traffic accident lawyers at the Jurewitz Law Group are experienced in dealing with this kind of public transportation accident. We have handled several public bus accident claims and have successfully recovered compensation for our client's personal injuries. If you or a loved one has ever suffered an injury while riding on a bus, please call our law office at (888) 233-5020 for a free consultation.
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