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Riverside Bus Accident Attorneys

If you or a loved one has been injured in a bus accident, contact us today to speak to one of our experienced Riverside bus accident lawyers for a Free Consultation.

Taking the bus is a cost-effective way to get around Riverside County. In September 2013, The Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) received a first-place AdWheel Award from the American Public Transportation Association for its many accomplishments in the fiscal year 2012.

The RTA in fact experienced historic highs in ridership that year because more and more Riverside residents are using mass transit. Riding the bus is typically safe, but when mishaps do occur, they can result in devastating injuries or fatalities.

California Bus Accident Statistics

Of the 311 people killed in bus accidents nationwide in the year 2009, 39 were in California. Also, 1,140 people were injured in California bus accidents during that same year. Of the 2,815 motor vehicle crashes that resulted in traffic deaths, 23 involved buses. Between the years 2001 and 2010, there were 1,236 fatal school transportation-related crashes nationwide.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the fatal school bus-related crashes accounted for only .34 percent of the total fatal motor vehicle accidents during that time period. Of the 1,368 people killed in school transportation-related mishaps, 72 percent were people who were in other vehicles, 21 percent were non-occupants such as pedestrians and bicyclists and 7 percent were occupants of school vehicles.

Riverside Bus Crashes

There has been a spate of bus accidents in and near Riverside County recently. In one such accident, 13 people were injured when a bus left the roadway and came to rest against a fence.

According to media reports, the Riverside County accident occurred when the driver tried to get on a highway exit ramp on Interstate 10. Investigators determined that the driver was going too fast and lost control of the vehicle. Of the injuries suffered, 11 were considered minor and two were classified as moderate including a broken arm.

It is a common misconception that these types of accidents are not particularly dangerous because buses are larger than other vehicles and hence safer. Unfortunately, passengers can get thrown around the inside a bus during a collision and suffer blunt force trauma.

A majority of buses do not have seatbelts or other safety devices commonly found in smaller vehicles such as front and side air bags. Therefore, passengers can get easily thrown from their seats or even ejected on to the pavement, particularly in rollover accidents. They can even get hit by flying debris inside the vehicle.

Common Causes of Riverside Bus Accidents

There are many reasons why bus accidents occur in Riverside County. The most common causes include:

  • Driver negligence: Speeding, distracted or impaired driving can put passengers and others on the roadway at great risk. Federal law also requires bus drivers and other commercial operators to get adequate rest before they get on the road. The drivers are required to maintain records logging the number of hours they drive and the number of hours they rest.
  • Company negligence: It is not only the responsibility of companies to hire skilled drivers, but also to make sure the vehicles are properly maintained. When a crash occurs due to poor vehicle maintenance, the bus company can be held liable. The company, as the employer, can also be held liable when a crash occurs due to driver negligence.
  • Defective products: If a defective product causes a bus accident, the manufacturer of that defective part can be held liable.
  • What to Do after a Bus Accident

    Anyone injured in an accident should make sure that the authorities have been notified, file a police report and write down important details such as the bus driver's name, vehicle license plate and registration details. It is also important that accident victims seek medical attention right away in order to maximize their chances of a full recovery.

    Bus companies owe their passengers the "utmost duty of care." This means that they have legal obligation to safely transport their passengers. If an accident or injury occurs during transit, it is the responsibility of the company to ensure that passengers are fairly compensated for their losses.

    If you have been seriously injured in an accident, it would also be in your best interest to contact one of our experienced Riverside bus accident attorneys who will remain on your side, fight for your rights and ensure that you are fairly and fully compensated for all your losses.

    Seeking Damages From A Riverside Bus Accident Injury

    Accident victims can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, pain and suffering and emotional distress.

    The experienced Riverside traffic accident lawyers at Bisnar Chase can help guide you through the claim process and ensure that your rights are protected every step of the way. Do not talk to insurance companies or legal representatives of the bus company. Do not accept a settlement or sign an agreement until you have discussed your case with your injury lawyer.

    An initial consultation is always Free. Please contact one of our Riverside bus accident attorneys right away to obtain more information about seeking damages and pursuing your legal rights after a bus accident injury.

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