Thousands of people travel on buses every day throughout California. Generally, buses are a safe mode of transportation but accidents do occur resulting in serious personal injury and sometimes death. More complicated than an ordinary car accident, bus accidents deal with a variety of factors including state transportation laws and federal and state safety regulations.
Determining who is at fault for a bus accident can be highly complicated. Accidents may be caused by driver error, faulty equipment, improper bus stop design or poor condition of the vehicle. Multiple parties potentially share liability for an accident depending on the specific type of accident involved and whether the vehicle is a charter, tour or city bus. Liable parties may include the driver, bus company, maintenance company, or the local government.
With Metropolitan Transit Systems operating city transportation, a city bus is considered a “common carrier” and is subject to specific state and federal guidelines. If injured in an accident on a common carrier mode of transportation, the carrier can be held responsible for even the smallest negligent act. Drivers of common carrier vehicles owe the passengers a safe passage to their destination.
At Berman & Riedel, LLP, our attorneys have extensive experience in handling vehicular accident claims, including complicated bus accident litigation. We understand federal and state rules governing the bus industry and know exactly what evidence to look for in determining fault and proving liability. Our attorneys use their experience and talent to maximize the damages recovered on behalf of our clients, including past and future medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering damages.
If you or someone close to you has been involved in a bus accident in San Diego or the greater California area, our attorneys can offer the skill and experience necessary to maximize your claim and set you on the path or recovery. Contact a San Diego auto accident lawyer at Berman & Riedel, LLP, in San Diego for a free consultation to discuss your case.