Long Beach Bus Accident Attorneys
The Long Beach bus accident lawyers of Bisnar Chase are experts in helping bus crash victims take action.
Do you regularly take a Long Beach Transit bus along Cherry Avenue, Studebaker Road, or Atlantic Avenue? Does your child ride a bus to school every weekday? Do you ever use the Long Beach Passport bus to visit the city’s major attractions, such as the Aquarium of the Pacific or the Queen Mary? Or are you a bus driver?
Whether you are a regular bus rider, or simply a driver on the roads of Long Beach, you need to know what to do if you are involved in a bus crash. Our outstanding Long Beach bus accident attorneys offer unparalleled legal support to make sure crash victims get the compensation they deserve.
If you have been injured, contact Bisnar Chase by clicking the buttons below, or call us on (323) 238-4683 for a free initial consultation. Our experienced Long Beach bus accident lawyers offer a ‘No Win, No Fee’ guarantee – along with expert legal advice – for crash victims.
Types of Bus Crashes in Long Beach, CA
"Bus accident" is a broad term that can refer to a wide range of injury incidents. No matter what kind of bus is involved in a crash, victims can turn to a skilled Long Beach bus crash lawyer for help.
We handle bus accident legal cases in Long Beach which involve:
- School buses
- Public transit buses
- Long-distance coaches
- Tourist touring vehicles
- Private commuter transport buses
Whether a bus crash victim is injured in a school bus or a party bus, they can pursue legal action if the negligence of another person played a role in causing the accident.
Common Causes of Long Beach Bus Accidents
No matter what kind of bus you are on, there are several potential crash causes that can leave victims with serious injuries.
These are some of the causes most commonly seen by our Long Beach bus accident lawyers:
Collisions between a bus and another vehicle
Buses are big and heavy, with large blind spots and low maneuverability, and accidents are likely to occur if drivers do not take proper care. A car accident involving a bus can result in significant injuries, both to passengers on the bus and occupants of the other vehicle.
Bus colliding with inanimate objects
A bus crashing into a solid object could lead to injuries to the bus driver and passengers. Such objects could include street signs, central dividers, debris in the roadway, and any other blockages.
Pedestrian or cyclist accident
Pedestrians and cyclists are vulnerable when they are in the road. If they are involved in a collision with a large bus, it is likely to result in significant injuries.
Trip or fall injuries
Some injuries are caused when passengers trip or fall while walking or standing within the bus, or when stepping aboard or leaving the vehicle.
Behavior of passengers aboard the bus
In some cases, accidents can be caused by distracting or unruly behavior onboard the bus. This is a relatively rare bus crash cause, but shows how easily careless behavior can result in serious accidents and injuries.
If you have been injured in any kind of accident involving a bus, contact our Long Beach personal injury lawyers now for expert help. Our specialist bus accident attorneys can help you secure the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
Who is Liable for a Bus Accident in Long Beach?
When it comes to determining fault for a bus accident injury, liability could lie with a number of different people.
An experienced bus accident attorney in Long Beach will be able to help victims identify the responsible parties and take swift legal action against them.
The Bus Driver
There are several different ways in which a bus driver can be liable for a crash. Bus driver negligence could include poor driving, getting behind the wheel while intoxicated, or not having the required training or license.
A crash involving a bus can be caused by the reckless actions or negligent driving of another road-user. If a bus passenger is hurt and another driver is at fault, legal action can be taken against the third-party driver.
Manufacturers and Maintenance Companies
Some accidents are caused by faults with the bus itself. A bus manufacturer may be liable for a mechanical fault, while maintenance workers could also bear some responsibility.
A bus company could be at fault if it knows of a problem but fails to act. For instance, if the company knowingly uses a sub-par driver or unsafe vehicle. Negligence could also include failing to carry out scheduled maintenance or driver background checks.
In some cases, a crash may be caused by a problem with the road surface or layout. The entity responsible for maintaining the road might share liability in this scenario.
Is Bus Travel Safe?
First, it is important to know that riding a bus is generally safe. Many bus collisions that may result in major injuries to occupants of other vehicles will only result in minor injuries to bus occupants, due to the size and weight of the bus.
It is important to remember, however, that many buses do not have seatbelts or other safety devices such as airbags. Therefore, when a high-speed bus accident occurs, there is the potential for serious or even fatal injuries.
Every year there more than 100,000 accidents involving buses or trucks across the U.S. In the event of a powerful impact or bus rollover, passengers may suffer broken bones, brain trauma, spinal cord damage, whiplash, neck and back injuries, lacerations, internal injuries and more.
What to do After a Bus Crash
If you are an injured bus passenger, or someone who has been hurt in a collision with a bus, it is important that you take a few important steps to protect your rights and improve your chances of lawsuit success.
- Collect information. You should take a note of details such as the bus line, the bus company, and contact details for the operator.
- Contact the police. Make sure your account is recorded in the police report for the incident.
- Document the accident. Take witness statements and contact details, write down your own recollection of the accident, and take photographs of the scene.
- Seek medical attention. Get treatment for your injuries. Take photos of visible injuries, and request medical records relating to the incident.
- Contact Bisnar Chase. Involve a skilled Long Beach bus accident lawyer who can guide you through the legal process.
Working with the right bus crash attorney will help make sure you get the compensation you deserve following an accident involving a bus in Long Beach.
The amount of compensation a person receives will always depend on the specifics of the incident. Bus accident compensation could include – but is not limited to – medical expense coverage, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of earning potential and emotional distress.
The personal injury attorneys of Bisnar Chase will help clients build the strongest possible case to maximize their payout.
Bus Accident Lawsuit FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions
If our bus accident FAQs below do not answer your question, do not hesitate to contact Bisnar Chase for more information.
An experienced bus accident lawyer will provide the guidance and expertise needed to win your lawsuit. Our attorneys will assess the circumstances of your accident, build the strongest case possible, and fight for justice for you.
For most injury cases in California, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. It is best to contact a bus crash injury attorney as soon as possible, giving the legal experts a chance to secure all evidence necessary to win your case.
Liability will depend on the circumstances of the accident. Negligent parties in bus crash cases can include the bus driver, owner, operator, manufacturer, or other drivers on the road, among others. A lawyer will be able to identify the most appropriate target for a lawsuit.
You can contact Bisnar Chase for help with your injury case in a number of ways. Call us on (323) 238-4683, email us or use the live chat feature on our website, make contact through social media, or make an appointment to visit our law offices.
How to Find the Best Long Beach Bus Accident Lawyers
We know how seriously a bus crash can affect victims and their family members. If you have been affected by a crash, you need the best support possible.
When it comes to finding the best bus accident lawyer in Long Beach, there are several key factors you should look for:
- Experience and a top track record in handling cases similar to your own
- A law firm which offers a ‘No Win, No Fee’ guarantee
- An attorney with whom you can build a trusting attorney-client relationship
- A long-standing law firm which has a top-notch reputation
- Lawyers with experience in the courts in and around the 90805 Long Beach area
- Trial lawyers – adept at negotiating settlements with legal teams and insurance companies, but ready to fight a case in court when needed
Let Bisnar Chase Fight for You
At Bisnar Chase, we believe in our ability to provide superior representation to bus accident victims. We have represented more than 12,000 clients over more than 40 years in business, and take pride in serving the Long Beach community. Over that time, we have developed a 96% success rate and collected more than $500 million for our valued clients.
We also want to make our services as accessible as possible. When you contact us, you will receive a free case review. Beyond that, we offer a ‘No Win, No Fee’ guarantee that advances all costs. You will not pay a penny unless we win your case.
Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys
6701 Center Drive West, 14th Fl.
Los Angeles, CA 90045