Recovering Compensation after a Bus Accident
Thousands of people in and around Calabasas utilize bus transportation to get from place to place every day. Buses can be used for in-town trips of just a few miles or to get you across the country and are a particularly cost-effective means of travel.
Unfortunately, buses get into accidents just like other vehicles, often causing severe injuries and extensive property damage to the people and cars involved. In many cases, people who are injured in bus accidents can recover compensation for their accident-related losses, so it’s critical for victims to speak to a lawyer as soon as possible.
Who Can Be Held Liable for a Bus Accident?
Bus accidents are often much more complicated than accidents involving only privately-owned vehicles because of the number of parties involved. Here are some of the parties that could potentially be held liable for a bus accident in California:
- The bus driver
- The bus driver’s employer
- The government agency responsible for the operation of the bus
- Other motorists
- The bus manufacturer
- The company responsible for the maintenance of the bus
- Bus passengers
In some cases, there may be multiple parties who are all partially liable for a bus accident. Importantly, if your accident involved a bus operated by a government agency like the Calabasas Transit/Transportation Division or the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority, you only have a few months to file a notice of claim with the appropriate party. If you fail to do so, your claim will be completely barred by the California Tort Claims Act. For this reason, if you have been injured in an accident involving a public bus, you should call a lawyer as soon as possible.
How Much Compensation Will You Receive?
If you’ve been hurt in a bus accident that was someone else’s fault, it’s only natural that you want to know how much compensation you’re going to be able to obtain. No two cases are the same, and it’s impossible to provide an estimate of the value of an “average” bus accident case. That said, there are a few factors that certainly may have an impact on how much you will recover:
- The severity and extent of your injuries
- Whether your injuries will result in any long-term problems or disabilities
- Your prognosis
- Whether you were partially at fault for your accident
- Your age
- Your occupation
- The policy limits of the at-fault party’s insurance
An Attorney Can Ensure that You Obtain the Compensation You Deserve
As an accident victim, it’s important to understand that you need to do everything you can to protect your rights, even if it’s pretty clear that your case is going to be settled out of court. You only get one chance to settle a personal injury case, so it’s critical that any agreement that you sign adequately compensates you for all of your losses – including those hard-to-determine non-economic losses like pain and suffering or losses that you may experience in the future. Fortunately, the guidance of an experienced lawyer can ensure that you are aware of the value of your bus accident claim and that you do not accept an inadequate settlement offer.