Riverside residents have a lot of options when it comes to commuting and traveling by bus. Between school buses, RTA, the downtown Metrolink shuttle, and other private and public buses with Riverside stops, bus travel is easy and efficient. Travel by bus is also economical and helps to cut down on carbon emissions by reducing the number of motor vehicles on the road. On the other hand, as Riverside bus accident attorneys know, the downside to bus travel is that bus accidents are not uncommon and when they occur, innocent accident victims often sustain very serious and sometimes fatal injuries.
A driving mistake that may normally result in a less serious traffic accident may have more serious consequences in bus accidents because of the size, design and mass of buses. They are more likely to roll over and they have a large carrying capacity, which means that many people who are often not wearing seatbelts may suffer severe injuries. Buses can also cause more damage and injuries to other vehicle occupants involved in the accident. Bus impacts in an accident are typically much stronger than that of an average 4,000 pound passenger vehicle and bus drivers also have limited visibility with blind spots all around the vehicle. This puts other vehicle occupants, pedestrians, and bicyclists at a greater risk around buses.
Whether it is a public or private bus, bus companies and drivers have a duty of care to operate safely in order to keep passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and other automobile passengers safe. Driver safety training, bus maintenance, and other rules and regulations are in place to make sure that these buses are operating safely. When accidents are caused by a bus driver or bus company’s fault, those who suffer injuries are entitled to compensation.
There are a number of possible liable parties when it comes to bus accidents. The cause of the accident and the type of bus involved, particularly if it is a public or private bus, are important facts. Liable parties may include government entities, bus owners, bus operators, bus manufacturers, and those responsible for bus maintenance. Other drivers that may have caused an accident involving a bus may be responsible as well.
Experienced bus accident attorneys conduct thorough investigations into every accident to discover important evidence and determine liability. They will look at available surveillance videos that may have captured the accident or the bus driver’s actions prior to the accident. Some buses may be equipped with black box recorders for even more information related to the accident. It is also important to look at the bus driver’s cell phone records, driving history, and criminal record. Attorneys will interview witnesses and look into bus company safety training practices and maintenance records.
If you or a loved one has sustained serious injuries as the result of a bus accident, contact a Riverside bus accident attorney at The Hayes Law Firm, APC to discuss your claim and injuries sustained. When someone else’s wrongful conduct caused your injuries, you deserve to be compensated. Call us today at 323-477-1415.
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