[Page Updated 07/16/2022] Are you here seeking legal representation from a bus accident lawyer after a serious bus accident in Los Angeles County, CA? Did you or someone you love slip and fall while riding a Los Angeles city bus or get run over by a private bus driver?
Was your child in a school bus accident? Were you smashed by falling luggage or run over by a tour bus from Los Angeles?
If so, you must speak to a lawyer without delay, or you could be caught holding the bag for all your expenses and lost work from the accident. Our superior bus accident attorneys handle bus accident cases involving city and tour buses inter and intra-state.
You or your loved one may have devastating injuries, with tens of thousands of dollars in medical treatment bills and lost wages. Considering private and public buses are prevalent methods of travel for many Los Angeles commuters, passengers and crew regularly suffer injuries and death in the Los Angeles area.
I am Michael Ehline, Esq. I am an experienced Los Angeles bus accident attorney of Ehline Law Firm. Many experts opine buses remain the safest, most reliable open road passenger transport in Los Angeles County. I have owned more than one vehicle licensed to transport passengers to and from places like LAX for a fee. Motor vehicle accidents happen every day in Southern California, some with buses crashing. Many cases in Los Angeles involve parties arguing over fault.
So you will probably need a good lawyer right about now. I am an expert professional in catastrophic bus accident-injury and commercial transportation law.
I am here to to provide legal leadership, focus and help you win big instead of settling for peanuts. Call us for a free consultation, or if you wish, keep reading about regulations and victim’s rights.
I helped draft portions of a U.S. federal traffic safety bill. Together with my team of bus accident attorneys, I handled many different types of Los Angeles bus accident-injury claims against negligent tour operator, and their insurance companies. In my role as a Los Angeles bus accident lawyer, I can help people like you and other passengers get compensation from both private and government agencies in such bus accidents on a case-by-case basis.
In general, these are mass casualty, complex cases with serious injuries compared to an ordinary passenger car crash. All operators for hire are common carriers under California Civil Code Section 2100. Shortened bus accident claim filing rules may also apply to public entities. You can ask our bus accident attorneys about this during your free consultation with an attentive lawyer.
An insurance company for a private company like a casino or their tour bus companies won’t pay fair compensation for medical attention and bills without properly investigating responsible parties. School buses come with tort claims act rules and unforgiving claims filing deadlines. Our caring bus accident attorneys make it easy and hassle free.
Caveat: If you sustained injuries in a life-threatening Los Angeles bus accident emergency, dial 9-1-1. If it’s safe to do so, keep reading, even if you’re an employee making a Los Angeles bus accident claim. As soon as you are able, it would be intelligent and in your best interests to speak with a skilled Los Angeles bus accident lawyer. We can even help with a school bus accident, and are are at your beck and call, 24/7 to answer your important legal question about Los Angeles bus accident cases.
Yes you can! Are you or your loved ones looking to switch to our national trial lawyers. You can hire our best Los Angeles bus accident attorney to file a claim. At the very end, we’ll discuss how injured passengers, roaming pedestrians, bus drivers, or another injured person can receive maximum compensation for medical bills and other losses for injuries sustained as a result of a collision. Bus companies will be held to account or we don’t get paid.
The Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards define them as intercity buses capable of transporting at least ten people. The category includes government transit lines, charter buses, school transport, large vans that provide public transit, churches buses, many intercity airline shuttles, or another bus operator like a party bus.
Also included are interstate and intrastate buses such as Greyhound buses. Most operators will be legally classified by state or federal authorities as “common carriers” under the law, holding them to a high standard of care when deciding liability for accident claims. (If you fail to exercise safety or stop when red lights are flashing, many people can suffer from your violation.) This is a reason there are stricter licensing and training requirements for these companies or their employee coach person.
No person expects to board and suffer accident injuries on an L.A. Dash, or Metro coach. Yet, every year, hundreds of road trip accident victims fortunate enough to survive death or disfigurement experience severe injuries requiring hospitalization.
The municipality that operates, including a private companies, could be legally liable to compensate the surviving families who suffered serious injury claims, or a wrongful death cases. We go after the liable party in all minor or catastrophic accidents.
Suppose you or your loved ones were injured by multiples vehicles involved in a motorcycle wreck? Who is most at fault? Our charismatic professionalism and our caring, award-winning legal team provide injured victims and family members with a free consultation.
After a close records inspection, our personal injury attorneys will evaluate any potential financial recovery and determine award eligibility. We will interview witnesses, seek evidence of safety enforcement violations that may have occurred to prove your bus accident lawsuit. We also help victims hurt by L.A.’s Autonomous Electric Transit Buses.
If you retain Ehline Law Firm, after your free consultation, we’ll handle all aspects of your claim. Our record-setting, trailblazing lawyers will hold your hand as your serious injuries heal. Our services include connecting you with medical experts superbly trained in treating injuries on your behalf.
We don’t just sue. We’ll investigate any cars involved and seek all negligent bus drivers and operators responsible for your personal injury claim when a bus accident occurs.
Our lead counsel, Michael Ehline, began his civilian career in 1990 after suffering permanent US Marine-related injuries. He owned a construction company and limousine transport business, later becoming a paralegal, and a Los Angeles bus accident lawyer.
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LA public transportation is a vast, expansive system with at least 18
,500 active stops on 189 bus lines in the Metro Local system alone (Source). The type of bus involved matters when determining legal procedures your trial lawyers use.
DASH Bus: Many office workers, attorneys, and travelers use the DASH buses run by the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) to get around Downtown LA quickly. These buses run all day during business hours, approximately every 6 minutes
Metro Bus (MTA): Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority buses are familiar to residents due to their sheer number and bright orange color on southern Californian roadways. Our metro system serves, on average, 1.6 million people a day. Many commuters ride the Metro Rail System in addition to personal automobiles, with many riding the LA Metro Local Bus after departing their train.
L.A. Commuter Express and City Ride: The Metro Bus and LADOT systems don’t just kill or maim people; they also have a record of doling out poor treatment, like denying services based on race, gender, or other discrimination, possibly a reason for the driver causing them to be thrown about inside or hit while outside.
Big Blue Bus: This government entity runs between Santa Monica, Downtown L.A. and the San Fernando Valley. Big Blue Bus provides transit across a 58-square-mile service area by operating a fleet of 195 vehicles each day.
Mini Blue Bus: Was intended “to shuttle people around downtown, from Montana to Colorado in Santa Monica, and an Expo line.”
City of Commerce Municipal Bus Lines
Palos Verdes Peninsula Transit District
L.A. County School bus accidents
Charter party tour buses
Private motor vehicles
Palo Verde Valley Bus
Long Beach Transit
Also, bus stop bystanders could be run over or hit by a flying object. They might suffer significant injuries riding a city bus caused by the bus manufacturer, from using dangerous products or worse.
Take, for example, the below Metro Bus accidents:
“June 1, 2003, a 20-year-old woman pushing her bicycle died Saturday when she stepped off a curb and into the path of an MTA bus,” police said. The bus was heading east on Adams Boulevard and making a right turn onto Figueroa Street about 4:40 p.m. when the unidentified woman was struck.
“May 27, 2007. Authorities said that a man was struck and killed today by a Metro bus in downtown [L.A.]. Paramedics sent to the 500 block of South Spring Street at 11:49 a.m. pronounced the man dead at the scene, said d’Lisa Davies of the [L.A.] Fire Department.
June 7, 2007, a Metro bus and two other vehicles collided Thursday in the South Robertson area … “two people with injuries, authorities said.”
Regardless of your age, if your ride Metro Dash or Metro Local buses, you may suffer serious personal injuries, making Metro Bus or DASH responsible for paying your damages, exorbitant medical bills and other out of pocket expenses.
In the City of Los Angeles, 5.74% of all passengers commute to and from work, primarily using public transit. (DOT 2017 Figures.).
According to the publicly released Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) 2009 Congressional bus crash study findings:
Buses that run between cities, called “intercity” buses, accounted for about 13% of traffic deaths between 2007 and 2017. School buses accounted for 40% of the fatalities, with transit vehicles at 35%. A municipality, state, or another type of regional authority may operate a public bus. (FMCA). When someone gets hurt, our preeminent trial lawyers can help identify the responsible parties involved and make them pay.
Large truck and bus fatalities remain lower today than the 21st-century peak of 5,231 back in 2005.
The Center for National Truck and Bus Safety Statistics claims most common bus mishaps involve people walking their dog, jogging, standing, or riding in another motor vehicle.
Yes. One thing is sure: more and more people get injured each year in commercial delivery vehicle and bus accidents (Uptick for the last 20-30 years.). A group outing or just for a work commute can lead to a wreck. Unsupervised and unrestrained children and kids can be thrown about inside an unstable vehicle with buses involved too.
Buses and commercial road vehicles are everywhere in Long Beach, Torrance, and Culver City, their sheer size and speed place commuters and bystanders at risk during stop-and-go traffic. Pedestrians and bicyclists traveling Palos Verdes Estates and South Bay remain at significant risk for vehicle sideswipes.
Glendale’s high traffic corridor is famous for municipal and charter bus wrecks, with higher speed inland areas on freeways like the 91 West seeing many buses flip and roll over. In Redondo Beach, California, two little girls riding bicycles were run over on Pacific Coast Highway.
A Metro bus’s rearview mirror almost ripped one of their heads off, killing both. The Creative Indulgence surveillance footage proved they were unable to stand a chance.
Greyhound and other private tour bus lines deliver many people and goods daily, all around the country, typically involving long trips during both intrastate and interstate transportation.
Records from Greyhound indicate that from October 3, 1997 – October 3, 2001, 42 bus occupants attacked or assaulted a driver, attempting to grab the steering wheel or push down on the brake. Tired and exhausted drivers can just as easily fall asleep at the wheel. We just saw an example of a foreseeable event causing a bus accident that service operators should prevent.
When our Greyhound accident lawyers sue and win over negligent conduct, we may prompt Greyhound to make essential safety changes. The entire transport industry may follow suit.
When companies, including Greyhound bus, place profits over people, lives are lost and ruined. Ehline Law Firm heroically makes victims whole, always seeking a maximum settlement or successful verdict.
The ways bus accidents happen vary depending upon the bus accident victim. The reasons for bus accidents can be numerous and uncountable, with a human error causing most California bus accidents.
Anciently, a common carrier was typically a stagecoach or stage wagon operator:
“One who undertakes for hire or reward to transport the goods of any who may choose to employ him, from place to place.”
As in the past, common carriers maintain unique trust positions beyond an ordinary person to keep passengers safe using utmost care and diligence, meeting scheduled routes beyond the ordinary, using a reasonable degree of skill to provide safe carriage.
Although buses are among the safest forms of transportation, many fundamental differences exist between buses and passenger vehicles. The most glaring dissimilarity is modern buses, including school buses. Generally, these are required under the Vehicle Code or federal law to maintain seat belts.
If not, an older bus owner may be held liable for failing to install seatbelts using the utmost care and diligence. (Greyhound Lines, Inc. v. Super. Ct. (Chisefski) (1970) 3 Cal.App.3d 356, 359-360.)
But many causes for a catastrophic injury could exist, including other drivers. So lack of seat belts alone won’t be conclusive evidence toward obtaining justice. A jury can consider the limited number of seats or governmental entities requiring a bus passenger to stand.
Our partners will gather, research, itemize and analyze your bus accident and its causes, identifying the multiple parties jointly and severally responsible and duties owed.
We know families need money to pay for future rehabilitation, including recovery for future reduction or loss in wages due to light-duty or disability from work.
Your trial lawyer may convince a jury to find these parties liable:
Passengers in a bus crash must understand the nuances between government entities and a closely held private bus company. (Ex: Casino Tours/gambling excursions for retired folks involve longer road trips) Gambling casinos and the bus company can be held liable under vicarious liability theory. Our law firm has had success in this regard.
The government: The government (L.A. Metro, school districts, etc.) must safely maintain its buses and routes, whereas a private school has other obligations. No bus operator or controller should allow inexperienced, fatigued, and medically unqualified drivers on our roads, period!
The City of L.A. or L.A. County will typically absorb public bus accident liability expenses caused by negligent employees. You must hire the best Los Angeles personal injury lawyer to identify who is to be held accountable. You may have a claim against other riders or more than one bus company. No way can you handle a case against a school district on your own and receive the highest possible compensation.
You must act within the time period one has to file a claim in the court of law. (Statute of Limitations). Against a government defendant, the plaintiff normally only has six months (180 days) from the date of the accident to file a government claim before you can file a lawsuit against the parties responsible.
In other types of bus accidents, the plaintiff must sue within two years, unless an exception shortening time applies, like a cruise ship passage contract. Plaintiff will forfeit their right to receive damages from parties with responsibility otherwise.
We also accept abuse cases against operators guilty of sexually assaulting students.
Liable parties must be held accountable to pay reasonable damages for an accident under California law.
A governmental entity will also be held responsible to pay:
Special Economic Compensation for the injuries based on their severity and treatment costs, including the recovery of medical care bills, property loss, and lost wages (lost capability to earn and property damage)
General Pain and Suffering Damages for your mental agony (i.e., the pain for your injuries)
Punitive damages to punish the defendant’s reckless actions may be recoverable.
Our best lawyers work closely with medical professionals to evaluate the total amount of damages you’ve sustained for the court.
Passengers, safety, and security come first. Passengers are entitled to arrive safely at their destinations. Drivers must prevent accidents in Los Angeles; if not, we will sue the errant bus company, its bus drivers, and other entities like negligent manufacturing companies. We won’t rest until all private and public bus entities are held responsible for what you deserve.
Our Los Angeles bus accident lawyers will assist you through the government or insurance claims process, including school bus accidents. We will hold your hand every step of the way. Learn about attorney representation from a case specialist at one of our nearby law offices. Phone us (213) 596-9642, visit our online chat form to leave your contact information today.
Michael is a managing partner at the nationwide Ehline Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC. He’s an inactive Marine and became a lawyer in the California State Bar Law Office Study Program, later receiving his J.D. from UWLA School of Law. Michael has won some of the world’s largest motorcycle accident settlements.
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