Sacramento Bus Accident Attorney
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Any vehicle accidents can cause injury, but when a bus is involved, the results can be especially devastating. Even though buses are largely considered one of the safest methods of transportation, roughly 300 fatal bus accidents take place each year. Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports an average of 20,000 people are injured in a bus accident every year. If you or someone you love was affected, our firm can help.
At Kershaw, Cook & Talley, our Sacramento bus accident lawyers are committed to fighting for the rights of the injured, and we have the legal skills and experience necessary to represent your case. We have obtained over $1 billion in verdicts and settlements and we always put our clients’ needs first. When you come to our firm, you get personalized representation and the benefit of more than 100 years of combined experience on your side.
If you were in a bus accident caused by someone else, reach out to us to learn your rights. Call (916) 520-6639 to schedule a free and confidential consultation with our firm.
Liability in Bus Accidents
Determining and acting on liability after a bus accident is typically much easier with the help of a lawyer. Unlike car accidents, which typically come down to a negligent driver, collisions involving buses likely involve companies or even local governments. Needless to say, filing a claim can get much more complicated when dealing with such entities—especially if they try to challenge your right to compensation. In a free consultation, ask us how we can help you determine liability and set up your claim.
Common Causes of Bus Accidents
Buses require a special license to drive because their size and weight make them harder to handle. Even the slightest driver miscalculation, mechanical failure, or road instability could cause a bus accident.
Bus accidents are typically caused by one of the following:
- Dangerous weather
- Driver intoxication
- Drowsy or distracted driving
- Failure to follow traffic laws
- Faulty or defective vehicle parts
- Hazardous road conditions or a poorly maintained road
- Inadequate driver training
- Overcrowded or overloaded vehicle
- Poorly maintained vehicle
- Reckless driving
In many cases, a driver is not directly liable for their mistakes if they cause an accident while on the job. You must instead argue their employer was negligent in hiring them for a position they could not safely fill. However, in cases of extreme recklessness or driver intoxication, the employer will likely push back against cases that list them as an at-fault party. Filing against the driver’s insurance for mistakes committed while on the job may get complicated, even if you’re the only person making a claim.
Making a Claim Against a School Bus or Public Transit
There are also special rules you must follow if the driver was employed by the government. Typically, governments have what is called “sovereign immunity,” or protection against being sued for their actions. That doesn’t mean you don’t have recourse, just that the process is different and more complex for these claims.
First and most importantly, you only have six months after the accident to begin the filing process rather than the two years you’re allotted in most personal injury cases. Second, you must start by petitioning the court to allow you to bring a claim against the government. Only after your request is granted can you move forward. Keeping track of the different forms and deadline requirements can easily get overwhelming, especially for someone trying to heal from a bad accident. Our attorneys can help you through the process, ensuring every detail is correct.
Bus Accident Injuries
Bus accidents may be less frequent than other types of vehicle collisions, but they endanger more people as well. Many buses, including school buses, lack seat belts, which means a crash could throw passengers from their seats, resulting in serious injuries. Additionally, anyone inside the bus may be affected, not to mention other drivers and pedestrians in the area.
Injuries might include concussions, whiplash, spinal injuries, traumatic brain injuries, contusions, lacerations, broken bones, and internal injuries. If victims suffer catastrophic injuries from the crash, their health is permanently changed, resulting in extensive medical work, costly bills, and pain and suffering. Sometimes the trauma from the experience might even result in psychological damage or PTSD.
It is essential for anyone involved in a bus accident to seek medical support, even if you don’t think you’ve been injured. After you have been examined, it is equally important to seek legal counsel as you determine your next steps.
Let Our Firm Fight for You
Our bus accident attorneys understand what you are going through, and we are here to help. After dealing with a serious injury and a traumatic experience, it can be extremely difficult to figure out how to best protect yourself and your family into the future.
Our firm is dedicated to providing our clients with trustworthy, supportive legal counsel through every step of their journey. We can help you file insurance claims, investigate liability, and, if necessary, take your case to trial. If you were seriously injured in a crash, or someone you love was killed in a bus accident, we want to help you seek justice and receive compensation.
Contact Kershaw, Cook & Talley and schedule a free consultation today to get started on your Sacramento bus accident case.