Anaheim Bus Accident Attorneys
The experienced Anaheim bus accident attorneys at Bisnar Chase have more than three decades of experience helping injured victims and their families obtain fair compensation for their injuries, damages and losses. We treat each and every case with care, compassion and commitment.
Our experienced personal injury lawyers have collected over $300 million dollars for our clients and you may be entitled to compensation too.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an Anaheim bus accident, please call our experienced attorneys at 949-203-3814 for a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.
Frequent Bus Accidents in Anaheim
Anaheim, California is the home of Disneyland's theme park and welcomes millions of tourist from all around the world. As a result of Anaheim's new-comers, massive amounts of buses are packed every day at bus stops in this Orange County metropolitan.
The traffic congestion, aggressiveness and competition of bus companys can pressure the bus drivers to get their passengers to and from locations on-time, a large majority of the accidents in downtown Anaheim are from buses and commercial transportation owned by private companies.
According to FMCSA (federal motor carrier safety administration), over 4,311 large trucks and buses were associated with fatal accidents in 2015. In the Orange County region alone, pedestrians were struck every six days within the same year reported The Orange County Register.
The cause of the bus accidents? The lack of secure passages has been the culprit to many collisions. Bus and pedestrian accidents are prominent among Main street. Barber, Anthony Encinas said one prominent yet simple fix will solve the problem.
Encinas tells the Orange County Register that “We need a crosswalk."
School Bus Accidents
It's easy to assume that school buses would have an outstanding amount of accidents. In fact, school buses actually have less fatalities than any other vehicle. Even though school buses do not posses any seat belts, the amount of deaths among students is minor.
The Governing gathered evidence from 2005-2014 and the results showed that five deaths take place each year. Approximately .01 school bus deaths happen every 100 million miles as opposed to .7 deaths for persons driving in passenger automobiles.
Pennsylvania and Florida had the most bus crash-related fatalities among the states.
School Bus Deaths & Crashes 2005-2014
Data courtesy of Governing
Who Is Liable for Bus Accidents?
Tourist and school buses are known as "common carriers." Common carriers are defined as a element of an organization that transfers people and property from place-to-place.
Common carries can prove to be at fault if:
- The common carrier did not show the best care and safety to their passengers.
- The common carrier failed to prevent an accident (for instance, not driving at the recommended speed).
- Individuals located in the vehicle of the common carrier have been physically injured or have suffered emotionally.
One of the most notorious examples of a common carrier driver being at fault is the bus crash of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
CNN reported of the incident involving school bus driver Johnthony Walker killing six children because of his speeding. Walker was driving around 50 mph instead of the recommended speed of 30 mph. The bus then veered off a street, fell on it's side and then collided into a tree.
As for the common carrier, CEO of Durham School Services David Duke, said that the unfortunate accident left him speechless.
"I can't fathom the anguish of the parents whose children were involved in this horrific accident and it involved one of my company's buses," he said in a public documented announcement.
Duke then went on to say that the bus association is taking extra steps to ensure the safety of future passengers.
Bus Safety Tips
It is important for bus drivers to know that when passengers step onto common carrier territory, they are trusting the bus driver to safely transport them to their destination.
When a parent allows their child to ride on a school bus, that parent is trusting that their son or daughter will reach their stop securely.
The following tips are intended for bus drivers, passengers and pedestrians.
Keep an extra eye out when reversing
When a bus driver reverses, he or she should proceed slowly. Children and pedestrians may not be in the bus driver's lane of sight. It is strongly suggested that the individual operating the bus should look back before backing up.
Be cautious when driving into neighborhoods
Bus drivers should watch carefully when passing through neighborhoods especially if there aren't any sidewalks. Be mindful that younger children may be playing in the street.
Never walk behind a bus
It is important that pedestrians should be in the bus driver's sight. Make sure you make eye-contact with the driver so he or she knows where you are.
What You Can Do If You Are Involved in a Bus Accident
Dealing with an accident or injury is stressful. Medical bills, insurance claims, time off work and other factors can make recovery hard. It is important to ask an attorney how long he or she has been practicing law specialized in commercial transportation matters.
This will become more important when you have a case that involves complex legal issues and investigations, and it is also important that you find out if the attorney has experience managing bus accident suits and to what degree. A standard consumer attorney may not be enough. One well versed in injury and accident cases should be consulted.
A trial lawyer is recommended to protect your rights in case the claim cannot be settled outside of court.
There are several issues that are unique to bus accident cases. For example, bus accident cases involve laws that are specific to bus companies and bus drivers. The attorney should understand the concept of "duty of care" that a mass carrier owes to their passengers.
Attorney Track Record
The quality of the attorneys experience is also critical. What is the law firm's success rate? How much have they recovered for injured victims or their families? What is the law firm's reputation? How are they rated by their clients and peers? Did you ask for a list of their case results? Results really matter in any profession and personal injury law is no exception.
Also, ask the lawyer about how many cases they have settled and how many have gone to trial.
Although a majority of personal injury cases settle out of court, it is good to know that your attorney, in addition to being a skilled negotiator also has trial experience and can take the case to trial if necessary.
When you do your research, also look into whether the attorney has been disciplined by the California State Bar. Remember, you are entitled to know the disciplinary record of any lawyer you are interviewing.
Immediate Legal Help
Call and talk with one of our Anaheim bus accident attorneys. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. For oer 39 years, Bisnar Chase has a proven track record of a 96% success rate for our clients. Call 949-203-3814 today.
Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys
1301 Dove St. #120
Newport Beach, CA 92660