Alhambra Bus Accident Attorney
Experienced Legal Counsel in California
Buses are supposed to be some of the safest forms of transportation, but accidents can still happen. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), in 2015 alone there were 67,000 bus accidents. Bus accidents can impact more people due to the number of passengers a bus can carry, and thousands of Californians and tourists use public transportation every day. These cases are difficult to navigate, as different parties can be held responsible depending on the nature of the accident and who owns the bus involved.
If you or someone you loved was harmed, Lara Law Firm can represent you. Our Alhambra bus accident attorney has served clients throughout Southern California and is loyal to our community. We aim to provide you with as much convenience as possible, including legal services conducted in the language of your choice, including English, Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese.
Bus Accident Cases We Handle
While no two motor vehicle accidents are alike, bus accidents are especially unique because there are a variety of factors to consider. For one, there are different types of buses that operate under different regulations.
Common types of bus accidents that our team handles include:
- Bus accidents involving school buses
- Bus accidents involving public city buses
- Airport shuttle accidents
- Tour bus accidents
- Bus accidents involving pedestrians
- Bus accidents that result in wrongful death
- Bus accidents caused by mechanical failures
Bus accidents can result in injuries both minor and serious, depending on how the accident occurred. Accidents involving speeding vehicles, for instance, are more likely to cause severe injuries. Injuries can range from abrasions, whiplash, and sprains to broken bones, burns, spinal cord injuries, and head injuries, as well as death in extreme cases.
Who is Liable for Bus Accidents?
Determining liability after a bus accident is complicated. While you might assume the bus company can be held responsible for a driver’s negligence, this will depend on whether the bus driver is considered an employee, or if something else like faulty brakes contributed to the accident.
The following parties can be held liable for damages after a bus accident:
- Bus drivers: If a bus driver was negligent in their actions, such as if they were drinking and driving, they are at-fault for damages, though in many cases their employer must assume responsibility.
- Private bus companies: Companies are obligated to ensure their vehicles are safe for usage and that their drivers are properly trained. If they fail to conduct an inspection and make repairs, and a bald tire caused an accident, they can be cited for negligence.
- Schools: Bus accident victims can file a claim against a school or school board if the school bus driver is employed by the board. These types of accidents occur to and from school and on field trips.
- Vehicle manufacturers: If an auto defect contributed to the accident, you may have grounds for a claim against the auto part manufacturer, designer, or distributor.
- The government: Were you injured in an accident involving a government-owned bus? You may be able to file a claim against the government entity responsible. Additionally, governments can be held responsible when their poorly maintained roadways contribute to accidents.
Through our passionate advocacy, our attorney can help you recover damages like medical bills, pain and suffering, disability, lost wages, and property damage. It can be expensive to treat your injuries and heal after an accident – our team believes you shouldn’t have to go into debt to recover, especially when you’re the innocent party.
Can I Speak to the Insurance Adjuster?
Many first-time clients come to us asking whether they can speak to an insurance adjuster after their accident. It’s important that you don’t speak with the adjuster until you’ve hired and consulted an attorney. Insurance adjusters make calls claiming they’re seeking to understand what happened, only to record your statements and use them against you. Our attorney can handle this communication so you don’t have to worry about saying something you may regret.
It’s also recommended that you stay off social media following your accident. You may feel tempted to make a Facebook or Instagram post about your accident and post photos of your injuries or damages, but insurance companies can find ways to access this information as well. Our attorney is able to sit down with you and discuss what you should or shouldn’t do to protect your rights to compensation after a bus accident.
We can get to work on your case as soon as you call us at (626) 790-5758 in order to meet California’s statute of limitations. Our Alhambra bus accident attorney has helped countless clients recover from their injuries.
Thank you, Richard! You’re the best!- Erin, Student of Nursing
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$344,000 Bus Crash
We have recovered a settlement for a client that suffered from serious injuries due to a tour bus crash.
$70,000 Soft Tissue Injury
We have recovered a settlement for a client who suffered from a soft tissue injury resulting from a rear end collision.
$68,000 Asset Seizure Defense
Recovered client's $67,996 cash, the entire amount that United States Customs and the DEA seized, by persuading the court that law enforcement confiscated the money in violation of state and federal law.
$50,000 Unpaid Wages & Hostile Workplace
Forced a $50,000 settlement for client in his case against his former employer for unpaid wages and hostile workplace.
$10,000 Sexual Harassment
Forced settlement for client for $10,000 for a client in her case against her former employer for sexual harassment and unpaid overtime.
Theft Crimes Criminal Defense
Negotiated Deferred Prosecution for a client charged with larceny and shoplifting - Deferred Prosecution results in dismissal of charges in certain cases provided that defendant agrees to satisfy court-ordered conditions.
Divorce Case Family Law
Forced a settlement for the client, which gave her ownership and possession of the marital residence and exclusive ownership and possession of vacation home to compensate her for her ex-husband's hiding and squandering of community property assets.
Hit and Run Criminal Defense
Negotiated Civil Compromise for client charged with hit and run, which resulted in all charges being dropped - Civil Compromise results in charges being dismissed if defendant agrees to pay victim's damages.
Achieved Reduction Serious Crimes
Achieved reduction of Attempted Murder charge to Misdemeanor Domestic Violence.