In 2016, there were 264 fatalities and over 35,000 people injured in bus accidents across the country. The majority of fatal bus accidents involved a school bus or transit bus.
Montebello Bus Lines is the third largest municipal bus system in Los Angeles County and regularly transports over 25,000 passengers a day. The Montebello Unified School District’s school buses transport over 4,500 student passengers a day. Montebello bus accident attorneys know that while bus transportation is statistically safer than many other modes of transportation, when bus accidents do happen, injuries are often severe and sometimes deadly.
California law provides that all school buses must be equipped with seatbelts by the year 2035. This means that by 2035 all school age children will be wearing seatbelts on the bus, but between now and then, a lot of Montebello school children will still be riding buses without seatbelts.
California law also requires that transit and other bus passengers wear seatbelts when they are available and they face fines if they are caught not using available seatbelts. Unfortunately, not all buses are equipped with seatbelts though, and that leaves bus passengers with no restraints if the bus they are riding on is involved in an accident.
Some common causes of bus accidents include the following:
As mentioned above, most fatal accidents involve either a school bus (86 fatal accidents 2016) or a transit bus (93fatal accidents in 2016), but only 40 of the 2016 fatalities were bus occupants. This means that out of 264 fatalities, 224 of those fatally injured were outside of the bus at the time of the accident as pedestrians, bicyclists, or passengers of other vehicles.
Liable parties in a bus accident may include the bus driver, driver of another vehicle, a bus company, school district, or other government entity. If you have been injured in a bus accident, contact a Montebello Bus accident attorney at The Hayes Law Firm to schedule a consultation.
At The Hayes Law Firm, APC, we serve all of Los Angeles and the Inland Empire, so whether you need a personal injury attorney in Montebello or a premises liability attorney in San Bernardino, we are here to serve you. Unlike other attorneys who view clients as cases, we understand that your experience has a human story behind it, and when you are in our offices, you are like a member of the family. We are ethical and compassionate, and we will take the time to find the best solution for your unique case and will work together with you every step along the way. Contact us today for a free consultation.