Bus Accident Injuries?

Our Santa Rosa Injury Lawyers Offer Assistance

While bus accidents occur less frequently than other types of motor vehicle accidents, the consequences are often much more catastrophic. In fact, most bus accidents lead to wrongful death, leaving behind multiple fatalities. The surviving victims are often left with life-long, debilitating injuries, including paralysis, spine injuries, traumatic brain injuries, burn injuries and life-threatening fractures.

The experienced Santa Rosa injury lawyers of Edgar Law Firm specialize in seeking justice for personal injury victims and their families.

Bus Accident Laws and Liability

Public transportation vehicles are considered "common carriers." A common carrier is an individual or business that transports people or goods for a fee. These carriers have a duty to adhere to specific state and federal regulations, such as:

  • Safely transporting passengers
  • Providing safe entrances and exits
  • Providing and maintaining safe vehicles
  • Hiring qualified employees and providing adequate training

In fact, California Civil Code 2100-2104 states that "a carrier of persons must use the utmost care and diligence for their safe carriage, must provide everything necessary for that purpose and must exercise to that end a reasonable degree of skill."

When the driver of a common carrier vehicle fails to uphold these duties, and passengers are injured as a result, the driver and his/her employer may be held liable for the damages inflicted. In addition, under California public transportation law, common carriers are obligated to maintain their equipment to current safety standards.

Unfortunately, due to lack of training and failure to uphold safety standards, many bus accidents are caused by driver negligence and/or equipment failure. Common causes include:

  • Poor driver training
  • Traffic violations
  • Driver fatigue
  • Improperly maintained equipment
  • Improperly maintained infrastructure

Bus Accident Victim Rights and Compensation

When common carriers fail to uphold their duties, the victims might be entitled to compensation for their injuries, regardless of whether they are a passenger, a motorcyclist or a pedestrian. If the injuries result in wrongful death, the victim's estate and family may also be eligible for compensation. In such cases, our Santa Rosa injury attorneys will ensure that you are treated with respect.

Our Santa Rosa injury lawyers work hand-in-hand with a number of California transportation and engineering experts to establish liability and maximize your settlement amount, which may be used to cover your medical expenses, future medical care, therapy, property damages, legal fees and pain and suffering.

Contact our Santa Rosa Injury Attorneys Today

Our Santa Rosa injury lawyers represent clients in Napa, Petaluma, Novato and throughout Northern California, specializing in a wide range of motor vehicle accidents including car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents and ATV accidents. If you are seeking a highly qualified Santa Rosa injury attorney, please call our office at 707-387-0960 to have one of our experienced personal injury attorneys evaluate your case free of charge.