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Did you or someone you love slip and fall while riding a city bus or get run over by a private bus? Was your child in a school bus accident? Were you struck by falling luggage or run over by a tour bus?
If so, you may have tens of thousands of dollars in medical treatment and lost wages.
Are you here seeking legal representation after a serious bus accident?
I am Michael Ehline, Esq. I am an experienced Woodland Hills bus accident attorney. Many experts opine buses remain the safest, most reliable open road passenger transport. I have owned more than one vehicle licensed to transport passengers to and from places like LAX for a fee. I am an expert in catastrophic accident commercial transportation law.
I helped draft portions of a U.S. federal traffic safety bill. I have handled many different types of bus accident claims against negligent bus operators and their insurance companies. I help people get compensation from both private and government agencies.
Motor vehicle accidents happen every day in Southern California. Considering private and public buses are prevalent methods of travel for many Los Angeles commuters, passengers and bus drivers suffer frequent injuries and death.
In general, these are mass casualty, complex cases compared to an ordinary passenger car crash. All bus companies are common carriers (They owe you a higher duty of care than other drivers under California Civil Code Section 2100). Shortened bus accident claim filing rules may also apply to public entities.
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.
Caveat: If you sustained injuries in a life-threatening emergency, dial 9-1-1. If it’s safe to do so, keep reading, even if you’re a bus driver making an employee bus accident claim.
Can I Fire My Lawyer And Hire Ehline?
Are you or your loved ones looking to switch trial lawyers. You can hire us 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 after a bus accident.
What Is A Bus For?
The Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards define them as intercity buses capable of transporting at least ten people. The category includes charter buses, school transport, large vans that provide public transit, churches buses, many intercity airline shuttles, or another bus operator.
Also included are interstate and intrastate buses such as Greyhound buses. Typical bus operators will be legally classified by state or federal authorities as “common carriers” under the law, holding them to a high standard of care. (If you fail to exercise safety or stop when red lights are flashing, many people can suffer from your violation)
Why Do I Need A Woodland Hills Bus Accident Attorney?
No person expects to board and suffer bus accident injuries on a bus operated by L.A. Dash, Metro, or another bus driver. Yet, hundreds of bus accident victims fortunate enough to survive death or disfigurement can 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.
Suppose you or your loved ones were injured by multiples buses 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, we’ll evaluate their 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.
How Will Your Bus Accident Lawyer Help Me?
When you retain Ehline Law Firm, we 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.
For example, an inspection may find a Woodland Hills, CA bus maintenance company was at fault for failed brakes, etc. We have the resources, training, and financial power to help you receive total compensation after forming a personal injury attorney-client relationship.
Why do Plaintiffs Trust Us?
Our lead counsel, Michael Ehline, began his civilian career in 1990 after suffering permanent US Marine-related injuries. After Michael’s honorable discharge, he owned a construction company and limousine transport business, becoming a paralegal.
As a Woodland Hills bus accident lawyer, he’s been nominated and honored as a Super Lawyers Rising Star multiple times and regularly speaks and writes about legal advice. Michael works with military veteran organizations like the Marine Corps Assn. And Marine Corps League.
Michael began practicing law in Greater LA and Orange County, California, after passing the California State Bar in 2005. He’s helped thousands of people with injuries sustained due to negligence over his 16 years in service.
We focus 100% on personal injury law with millions recovered, including helping with workers’ compensation claims, marking us as California’s premier personal injury lawyers. We’re equipped with vast, in-depth knowledge from handling civil negligence claims, doctors, and defendant insurance company abuse.
We’ll explain things to our clients, speak and listen well, placing clients at ease with our hassle-free contingency fee basis contract.
We’re dedicated to protecting accident victims with over 15 conveniently located law offices throughout Northern, Central, and Southern California. Schedule a free consultation. Deal with our legal support 24-hours a day.
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“I felt supremely confident after Ehline’s staff, and associates professionally explained the legal process to me, lessening my difficulties, getting me a fair financial award, helping me receive care for my injuries. Thank you, Ehline Law.”
– Josey H.
Woodland Hills Metro & DASH Bus Accidents
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.
Other Bus Accidents We Take
Also, bus stop bystanders could be run over or struck by a flying object or suffer significant injuries riding a city bus caused by the bus manufacturer using dangerous products.
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, Jose Ubaldo, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
“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.
The circumstances of the death were under investigation. 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 and exorbitant medical bills and expenses.
Bus Accident Statistics
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, followed by transit vehicles at 35%. A municipality, state, or another type of regional authority may operate a public bus. (FMCA). Our preeminent trial lawyers can help identify the responsible parties involved.
Severe Injury Or Wrongful Death?
Although large truck and bus fatalities had increased by 26% from 3,432 in 2009, 2015’s 18% harm number remains lower than the 21st-century peak of 5,231 in 2005. (Source).
Commercial Transportation Vehicle Mishaps Rising?
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 also.
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 Bus Accident Dangers
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. 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, we may prompt them to make essential safety changes at Greyhound, with the entire transport industry following suit.
When companies, including Greyhound bus, place profits over people, lives are lost and ruined. Ehline Law Firm heroically makes victims whole.
What Commonly Causes Private And Public Bus Accidents?
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.
What Is A Common Carrier?
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.
Do Common Carrier Bus Companies Have A Duty To Provide Bus Passengers With Seatbelts?
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.
Who Is Liable For My Bus Accident?
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. Our experienced lawyer does what other law firms won’t.
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 find these parties must be held liable:
The Public Transportation Agency, Public Bus Drivers and Liability
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 Woodland Hills 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.
Statute of Limitations Problems?
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. By crossing paths with Ehline Law Firm you and your loved one can better protect your case.
The Most Common Injuries Our Law Firm Takes
We also accept abuse cases against bus drivers guilty of sexually assaulting students.
What Compensation Can Bus Accident Victims Win?
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:
Our team works closely with medical professionals to evaluate the total amount of damages you’ve sustained for the court.
Free Case Evaluation From Woodland Hills Bus Accident Attorneys
Passengers, safety, and security come first. Passengers are entitled to arrive safely at their destinations. Drivers of these potential “steel coffins” must prevent accidents in Woodland Hills; 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. You deserve money damages recovery.
Our Woodland Hills bus accident lawyers will assist you through the government or insurance claims process, holding your hand every step of the way. Request a free consultation 24/7. Proceed to learn about attorney representation from one of our nearby law offices, phone (747) 330-1783 , visit our online chat form to leave your contact information today.