Personal Injuries from Bus Accidents

Personal Injuries from Bus Accidents

Thousands of people ride public transportation every day. From trains to buses, the need for public transportation is more than necessary for the everyday commuter. Although public transportation is one of the safest ways to commute to and from work, there is still the possibility of an injury occurring.

The two most common public transportation methods in most metropolitan cities are busses and trains. However, busses are more of a common place to produce personal injuries than trains based on one key element: people. According the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), “Human error is a causative factor in 85% or more of all crashes and numerous motorcoach accidents that have resulted in fatalities where driver fatigue has been determined to be a principal cause” (ntsb.gov, 1999).

Fatigue and human error can be avoided, but sometimes people ignore these signs and that’s when people get injured. Negligence and recklessness are top reasons for accidents involving buses. When a driver is tired or not paying attention to the road with enough care, the consequences can lead to severe injury and even death. Age also plays a significant role in bus accidents. The Journal of Safety Research reported risk factors associated with bus accidents, indicating that “relative to drivers between 35 and 55 years old, drivers over 65 years of age increase the likelihood of light injuries by 18.6%, of severe non-incapacitating injuries by 33.1%, of severe incapacitating injuries by 52.3%, and of fatality by 18.0%” (ncbi.nlm.nih.gov, 2012).

At One Law Group, our personal injury attorneys do everything possible to maximize the amount of money you can receive to help you recover and live with your injuries. Call One Law Group in Beverly Hills at (844) 626-1LAW to schedule an appointment for a free consultation today.

According to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), an estimated 360 million people ride the bus every day and approximately 12,000 people are injured every year in bus-related accidents (apta.com, 2017). In most cases, the negligent bus driver that caused the personal injuries can be legally pursued for damages. Personal injury cases that involve public buses are best handled by an attorney who has enough experience in personal injury cases that involve public transportation.

Just like all personal injury cases, filing a claim against the bus company or the driver will need to be done with the statute of limitations, which may range depending on the state that you were injured. The statute of limitations for personal injury cases in California is two years from the date of the injury.

After the accident, the most important thing a person should do is file a report with law enforcement and then seek medical attention for your injuries. Next the injured party will want to take plenty of pictures of the accident scene and the injuries sustained as a result of the accident. Also, a person may need to collect the names, numbers, and brief witness testimony from other passengers or pedestrians involved in the accident. Remember not to sign any document or agree to any terms without first consulting with a personal injury attorney.

At One Law Group, our personal injury attorneys do everything possible to maximize the amount of money you can receive to help you recover and live with your injuries. Call One Law Group in Beverly Hills at (844) 626-1LAW to schedule an appointment for a free consultation today.

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