Eisenberg Law Group

Bus Accident

Bus Accident Lawyer Los Angeles

According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 300 fatal bus accidents occur each year on U.S. roadways and highways. Given a bus’s large size, substantial weight and, in many cases, the lack of safety belts, bus crashes have a high potential for causing severe injuries or death.

Bus Accidents Can Have Surprisingly Short Legal Deadlines

The vast majority of buses are operated by government agencies.  Therefore, if you wish to make a claim against a negligent bus driver, or the government entity that negligently hired, trained and supervised the bus driver, you are required to file a Claim for Damages with that government entity within six months of the date of the bus accident.

Passengers on a Bus Involved in an Accident May Have a Claim Against the Bus Operator, Another Driver, or Both

If you were a passenger on a bus that wishes to make a claim against another driver for causing an accident with the bus, then you should immediately consult with an attorney to determine whether you also need to file a Claim for Damages against the government entity that was operating the bus.  If you only make a claim against the other driver and it turns out that the bus driver was at fault, you may have no case if you failed to file the Claim for Damages within six months of the date of the accident.

If you and your attorney determine that the bus driver was not at fault for the accident, then you have two years to file a lawsuit against the responsible driver, as long as the responsible driver was not driving on behalf of any government entity.

Bus Operators Can Bring a Claim Against a Negligent Driver that Caused the Accident

If you were a bus operator and were hit by a negligent driver, you have two yearsto file a lawsuit against the responsible driver, as long as the responsible driver was not driving on behalf of any government entity.

Who Does Eisenberg Law Group Represent?

At Eisenberg Law Group, we have extensive experience representing the following types of claimants:

  • Pedestrians struck by a bus
  • Bicyclists struck by a bus
  • Motorcyclists struck by a bus
  • Drivers struck by a bus
  • Bus operators struck by a car, truck, or another bus
  • Bus passengers where the bus has been struck by a car, truck, or another bus
  • Bus passengers where the bus operator caused the accident

Given our lengthy history of handling bus accident cases, we are very familiar with the mechanics of bus accidents, the rules and regulations for bus operators, and the rules of the road for automobiles, trucks, and buses.

What Kind of Damages Can I Recover in a Bus Accident Case?

Under California law, if you have been injured in a bus accident you can recover two different categories of damages: Economic Damages and Non-Economic Damages.

Economic Damages include the following:

  • Property damage (damage to your vehicle and personal belongings)
  • Loss of earnings (money lost due to time off from work)
  • Medical bills and expenses (past and future)
  • Medication expenses (past and future)
  • Expenses for medical equipment such as a wheelchair, cane, or brace
  • Rental car expenses

Non-Economic Damages include the following:

  • Physical pain
  • Mental suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Anxiety
  • Inconvenience
  • Grief
  • Humiliation
  • Emotional distress

Under California law, if you have been injured in a bus accident, you are entitled to be compensated for each and every item of damage described above.  More importantly, you are entitled to recover both past and future non-economic damages.  At Eisenberg Law Group, we know how to maximize the value of each item of damage so that your recovery is as large as possible.

Don’t allow the insurance company to minimize your claim.  Make sure that you have an attorney that knows how to recover the maximum amount for each and every item of damage allowed under California law.

What Should I Do at the Scene of a Bus Accident?

In order to preserve critical evidence and prepare yourself to maximize your compensation after a bus accident, take the following steps:

  1. Make sure that everyone is ok.If anyone needs emergency medical attention, immediately call 9-1-1.
  2. Report the accident to the police and request that they prepare a Traffic Collision Report. Make sure to get the Traffic Collision Report number.
  3. Gather the information (names, driver’s licenses, insurance companies, insurance policy numbers, vehicle makes and models, and license plates) of all drivers and vehicles involved in the collision. Taking photographs of this information will work well.
  4. Take down the name of the agency operating the bus, the bus driver’s name and identification number, the bus number, and the bus route number.
  5. Gather the names and contact information (phone numbers, addresses, e-mail addresses) of any and all witnesses to the accident.
  6. Take photographs of the scene of the collision, including where the vehicles ended up, damage to the vehicles, the nearest intersection, and traffic control signals.
  7. Take photographs of your injuries.
  8. Call our office for a FREE, no obligation consultation.

Why Choose Eisenberg Law Group as Your Bus Accident Attorney?

At Eisenberg Law Group, we’ve been successfully practicing personal injury law for more than 30 years, including the handling of hundreds of bus accident cases. Gary started by working for insurance companies, which gives him a unique insight into how the insurance industry operates.  At every step of the way, the insurance companies will try to minimize your claim and take money out of your pocket.  We use our unique experience and skills to maximize the value of your case and to ensure that you are fully and fairly compensated for your bus accident case.

When you choose Eisenberg Law Group as your Los Angeles bus accident attorneys, we will fight for you, employ effective strategies to prove your case, and get you maximum compensation for your claim.

When you work with Eisenberg Law Group, you will benefit from our emphasis on these fundamental cornerstones of our practice:

Personalized service: You can contact our attorneys directly at any time to discuss the details of your case. We will never route you to assistants or recorded messages. As a family-owned law firm, we combine the expertise and experience of larger firms with the friendly feel of a smaller law office.

Proven results: We have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for victims of catastrophic personal injuries, including traumatic brain injuries. Our team works hard to recover the maximum compensation available by law. Our success rates—both in and out of court—speak for themselves.

Risk-free representation: Consultations are always free, and you will not pay any attorney’s fees until we win your case

Don't Wait to Protect Yourself

If you’ve been involved in a bus accident that was no fault of your own, don’t let time slip away from you. It’s critical that you act quickly in securing quality representation. Contact Eisenberg Law Group today to get back on the path to physical and financial wellness, while helping to support your family members and anyone else who has been affected by the collision. You’ll pay nothing until we win your case.

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