While many people would not consider buses when thinking of serious accidents, they happen more often than one would assume. Each year buses are a major source of transportation for millions of passengers all over the country. Whether going to work, school or a road trip, buses carry approximately 350 million passengers annually. If you are a loved one has been seriously injured in a bus accident, you may be entitled to a serious lawsuit. Did you know that each year in California bus accidents account for approximately:
- 4,500 accidents
- 25,000 injuries
- 300 deaths
To speak with an experienced team of bus accident attorneys, call Ozols Law Firm today to start your free consultation. Our firm will go over your rights as a victim as well as the steps you will need to take in order to start your lawsuit. Aside from speaking with experienced bus accident attorneys, it is also crucial that you file an accident report following the bus accident. This allows law enforcement to have the accident on file to protect your rights as a victim. In addition, it is also important that you do not agree to any early settlement offers from insurance companies before speaking with an attorney. Often times these insurance companies will use misleading language to bait you in to signing their deceptive contracts.
How a Bus accident Case is Handled
When a bus accident case comes through the door, the first thing we do is learn more of the facts about the case. We look at where the accident happened, who was involved, who was driving the bus and if there are any suspicious circumstances surrounding the accident. If a police report is available then we request that report and we look over it in order to know more about the case. The next step would be calling the insurance company so that we can notify them of our demand. At that stage the insurance company usually decides to make an offer to settle the case or declares that they want to proceed to trial. Cases like this are generally settled before trial because the bus companies do not want the negative publicity and for any negative facts to come out about their company. If the case goes to trial, it will be up to a jury to decide who is responsible and potentially how much money they are responsible for.
Hiring a team of knowledgeable bus accident attorneys can make all the difference in your case. Our personal injury lawyers in San Diego have experience with accidents and will give your case the upper hand on your lawsuit. Between our knowledge and previous success on hundreds of other personal injury lawsuits, we are confident we can provide the settlement offer you deserve. We will endlessly fight on your behalf until we know that we have negotiated the best possible settlement for your case.
Causes of Bus Accidents
Bus accidents can occur for several different reasons. However, the most common cause of bus accidents each year is due to a bus driver’s lack of training. This type of negligence by the company or owner of the bus can be a huge liability issue. If we can prove that the company did not provide sufficient training to their drivers, they can be held responsible for the lawsuit due to negligence. If necessary, our firm will hire a team of investigators to look in to the bus driver’s course work, training hours, and driving record.
Other reasons bus accidents can occur include drivers falling asleep, the use of drugs or alcohol and insufficient maintenance/faulty equipment. For this reason the majority of bus companies are required by California state law to have a minimum of one million dollars in insurance coverage. Regardless of the cause of the accident, our firm will thoroughly investigate the accident to build a strong case against the insurance company.
We Don’t Recover Until You Do
When your hire our team of knowledgeable bus accident attorneys, you do not have to worry about coming up with any attorney’s fees. Our team of aggressive attorneys will provide all of the legal work on a contingency basis. This means that we will endlessly fight on your behalf for free until we have recovered a settlement. In the rare case that we are unable to win your lawsuit, you are not required to cover any of the legal fees throughout your case.
Call our firm today at 619 880 2407 to speak with an experienced team of bus accident attorneys. It is important to have a knowledgeable team on your side when dealing with a serious personal injury lawsuit. We want to fight on your behalf to recover the settlement you deserve.