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Anaheim Bus Accident Attorneys

Anaheim bus accident lawyers

The experienced Anaheim bus accident lawyers 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 $700 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 accident 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 tourists from all around the world. As a result of Anaheim’s newcomers, massive amounts of buses are packed every day at bus stops in this Orange County metropolitan.

The traffic congestion, aggressiveness, and competition of bus companies 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 by The Orange County Register.

The Cause of Bus accidents?

The lack of secure passages has been the culprit to many collisions. Bus and pedestrian accidents are prominent on 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 in Anaheim

It’s easy to assume that school buses would have an outstanding amount of accidents. In fact, school buses actually have fewer fatalities than any other vehicle. Even though school buses are not fitted with 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
school bus crashes and deaths 2005-2014

Who Is Liable for Bus Accidents?

Tourist and school buses are known as “common carriers.” Common carriers are defined as an element of an organization that transfers people and property from place to place.

Common carriers 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 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 its side, and then collided with 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.

Anaheim 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 line 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 focusing on 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 lawyer has experience managing bus accident suits and to what degree. A standard consumer lawyer may not be enough. One well versed in injury and accident cases should be consulted.

A trial lawyer specializing in bus and transit accidents 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.

Lawyer Track Record

The quality of the attorney’s 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 lawyer, 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 lawyer 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 lawyers. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. For over 40 years, Bisnar Chase has been helping people in and around the Anaheim area. Our firm has a proven track record with a 99% success rate for our clients. Call 949-203-3814 today for a free consultation.

Case Results

  • 1

    $117,500,000

    Consumer Class Action

  • 2

    $38,650,000

    Motor Vehicle Accident

  • 3

    $32,698,073

    Auto Defect – Seat Manufacturers, Johnson Controls

  • 4

    $30,000,000

    Motorcycle Accident

  • 5

    $24,744,764

    Defective Seatback

  • 6

    $16,444,904

    Bicycle Accident

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I wasn’t sure if I needed a personal injury attorney because I’d never been in a car accident before. I assumed I’d just go straight through the other driver’s insurance but that quickly became a nightmare. I spent months fighting over the simplest of issues about my case, which was 100% the other driver’s fault. I hired Bisnar Chase to see if they could just take it over for me. I was really impressed with how much they communicated everything to me! I suddenly started getting calls from the insurance company, imagine that. My final settlement was 6 times what I asked for to begin with. Everyone I dealt with was really involved in what was best for me, not the insurance.

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I’m so impressed with this law firm. I lost my mother because of a seat defect when she was rear-ended in an auto accident and Bisnar Chase stepped up and took our case. The staff is wonderful and Brian Chase took his time explaining everything via phone with me. I’m honored to have the best of the best working on our family’s behalf, trying to get justice for my Mom, because of a negligent car company still manufacturing faulty seats. I look forward to working with this firm and am hopeful for a positive outcome. Thank you so much, Brian Chase. I know you will work your hardest on this case. God Bless you.

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