Bus accidents can be quite catastrophic, leading to long-term injuries and multiple fatalities. This was the case earlier this month when a shuttle bus and a car collided on an L.A. freeway, leaving 25 people injured, five of them seriously so, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The accident occurred on the 405 when the bus barreled through a center divider in North Hills, striking a car. The exact cause of the crash has not been determined, but the bus driver says that a truck towing a trailer cut her off, causing her to swerve and crash. Authorities are seeking to speak to that driver, who they now say is a person of interest in their investigation.
Why are Bus Crashes So Devastating?
Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that bus crashes are all too common in our country: approximately 300 bus crashes lead to fatalities each year. In those crashes where death does not occur, serious injuries often result, sometimes serious enough to cause lifelong disabilities among crash survivors. Compass Law Group has been fighting for the right of accident victims for years; our Los Angeles catastrophic accident attorney stands ready to help you through this difficult period in your life and get the compensation that you deserve.
Liability in Bus Crashes
Bus accidents are among the trickiest to litigate, due in part to the multiple different avenues to which blame in the accident might be cast. The blame could lie on the bus driver, who may have been negligent by driving impaired, texting or talking on a cell phone, or failing to be attentive to traffic. The bus management company may also be to blame, all or in part for the accident, if it failed to maintain the bus and that failure caused the accident. The manufacturer of the bus or of faulty parts used on the bus may have led to the accident. Other drivers on the road can be held responsible if they caused the crash. And last of all, if the bus is a public bus or school bus, a government entity may be the source of liability. A seasoned Los Angeles catastrophic accident attorney can determine who to go after to make you whole again when you file a bus accident claim.
There are a range of damages for which you may seek compensation if you are involved in a bus accident, beyond your physical injuries. You may seek out damages for medical bills, future costs of medical care, pain and suffering, property damage, income loss and future cost of treatment, among others. If a loved one lost his/her life during a bus accident, you may, as a survivor, have the basis for a wrongful death action against the responsible party. Schedule a consultation with our Los Angeles catastrophic accident attorney from Compass Law Group now to get started on an in-depth review of your case. The consultation is free and can help you better understand where you stand when it comes to filing your claim, what you can expect, and how to proceed.