If you depend on the Southern California / Los Angeles bus system for your daily commute—or simply to run errands—you depend on the driver to keep you safe. You depend on the bus company to ensure that vehicles are maintained and kept in good working order. You depend on the companies that manufacture various components of the bus to do so with care. If any of these parties fail in their duty, the results can be catastrophic and damaging. Contact our Los Angeles bus accident attorney at the Law Offices of Jennie Levin, P.C. if you or a loved one was hurt in a bus accident—including an accident involving a Greyhound, Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) bus, school bus, tour bus, or any other type of bus. Our office has experience with these types of accidents in California, recently representing victims in a 2016 catastrophic bus accident.
Nationwide, approximately 24,000 people are injured each year in the United States. In 2011, there 283 fatalities in the country caused by bus accidents. About 12,000 injuries and 11 deaths are caused by school bus accidents every year. While these numbers are not too terribly high when you consider the fact that 360 million people in the U.S. take the bus each year—traveling about 28 billion miles in total—these numbers do vary by region. Unfortunately, when it comes to bus accidents, California is one of the most dangerous states in the nation.
Buses are considered “common carriers” under California law. This means they are held to a higher standard than other vehicle drivers. California Civil Code § 2100 says that common carriers “must use the utmost care and diligence for safe carriage, must provide everything necessary for that purpose, and must exercise to that end a reasonable degree of skill.” If you were involved in a bus accident, the driver, bus company, or another party could be liable for your injuries and any other damages sustained in the crash.
Receiving a free consultation about your rights and options after a bus accident is a good way to find out what your options are and to decide what to do next. Our team at the Law Offices of Jennie Levin, P.C. is here to support you and advocate for you every step of the way. You can be confident knowing our founding attorney has obtained millions of dollars in recoveries for our clients throughout the years.
We encourage you to contact our office at (323) 902-0007 for more information about our services or to arrange your confidential and free case evaluation with our Los Angeles personal injury lawyer.