When you or a loved one have been injured in a bus crash, you need the experienced and skilled Orange County bus accident lawyers of Bisnar Chase in your corner.
Bus companies and governmental agencies will have their people on-site within minutes of an accident to protect their own interests. You need an honest, aggressive, and committed bus injury attorney on your side to fight for your rights.
Bus accidents can cause major damage and significant injuries. Victims deserve to be properly compensated, and our team can help anyone who has suffered an injury in Orange County. Contact us now for a free consultation to find out if you have a case.
Bus Accidents in Orange County
When a bus is involved in an accident, it can have disastrous consequences for everyone involved. This can include serious injuries and cases of wrongful death. Bus accidents in Orange County can occur in a variety of ways. They include:
- Bus colliding with a car or truck in an auto accident
- Bus striking a pedestrian
- A bus crash involving a motorcycle or bicycle
- Bus crashing into an inanimate object
- Bus rollover accident
These incidents can involve injuries to passengers on board the bus in question, as well as drivers of other vehicles and nearby pedestrians.
Causes of Orange County Bus Crashes
There are all kinds of reasons for a bus to crash, causing a serious accident and injuries. These include:
➤ Careless driving: If a bus driver is not paying attention when they merge lanes or pull into an intersection, it can have deadly consequences.
➤ Distracted driving: Accidents happen when bus drivers are not fully focused. Examples include operating a bus while eating, drinking, or using a phone.
➤ Driver fatigue: Some bus drivers are expected to work through long shifts with frequent stops, making fatigue (and a loss of concentration) more likely.
➤ Poor maintenance: A lack of proper bus maintenance can cause a bus to have a dangerous blowout, suffer a brake failure, and more.
➤ Vehicle defects: Manufacturing defects, such as structural, mechanical, or safety failures, can result in serious accidents and injuries.
➤ Lack of experience or training: Handling a bus is not the same as driving a smaller vehicle. Accidents occur when a driver is not properly trained to drive a bus.
➤ Aggressive driving or excessive speed: Driving a bus can be stressful. With frequent stops and tight schedules, bus drivers have to force their way through traffic. Sometimes they fail to do so safely.
➤ Driving under the influence: Bus drivers are of course strictly prohibited from operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The blood alcohol limit from drivers of passenger vehicles is 0.08 according to California law.
Bisnar Chase is a personal injury law firm that works on behalf of injured plaintiffs to make sure they are properly compensated.
We can take legal action when an injury has been caused by negligence. The bus accident causes listed above all involve some form of negligence.
Contact our Orange County bus accident attorneys now for a free case review with no obligations.
Buses in Orange County
A huge number of people across Orange County rely on buses to get around on a daily basis; to get to work, school, appointments, and much more.
Orange County public transportation is run by OCTA (Orange County Transportation Authority). OCTA buses include community routes, Metrolink routes, city shuttles and more.
In contrast, school buses in Orange County are typically run by individual school districts, while some are sub-contracted out to independent operators.
Different types of buses operating in OC include:
➤ Public transportation: Public transit buses run throughout all cities in Orange County, providing a valuable resource to residents for everyday transportation.
➤ School bus: School bus drivers have the vital responsibility of transporting children to and from school safely. Orange County school bus accidents are particularly shocking because they can involve serious injuries to youngsters.
➤ Private hire shuttles: Some private-hire buses come with drivers to operate the vehicle, while others defer to the renter. In either case, private-hire vehicles – from party buses to low-key shuttles – can do serious damage on the roads if they are involved in an accident.
➤ Tour bus accidents: Tour buses can be used for tourism ventures, or for transport to entertainment venues such as resorts and casinos.
The type of bus involved in an accident will impact the legal process if a lawsuit is filed.
If you have been the victim of an accident, contact our bus accident injury lawyers, based in Orange County, for immediate help. We will handle every aspect of your claim so that you can focus on recovery.
What to Do After a Bus Accident
Whether you are a passenger on the bus or the driver of another vehicle involved in a collision with a bus, there are several steps you should take after a bus crash.
- Contact the authorities.
- Follow the instructions of EMTs and police at the scene.
- Seek medical attention. If you have sustained serious injuries in a bus accident, this should be done at the scene of the accident. Even if your injuries are minor, you should always visit a doctor afterward.
- Collect as much evidence as possible. Take pictures and videos at the scene of the crash if it is safe to do so. Record damage to vehicles, road conditions, and your own injuries. Write a first-hand account of the accident while it is still fresh in your mind.
- Contact the Orange County bus accident lawyers of Bisnar Chase. Our team can help you build a strong case and maximize your compensation through a personal injury claim.
Being in a bus accident is traumatic, and the aftermath can be a blur. It can be hard to take the right steps immediately after a crash, especially if you have been seriously hurt or are in shock.
There’s no need to worry if you did not follow the steps above to the letter. Contact our team and let us guide you through your legal options. You do not have to fight for justice alone.
Who is Liable for Your Bus Crash Injuries?
If you have been injured in a bus accident in Orange County, one of the key questions we need to answer is: who was to blame?
Legal action can be taken against liable parties that caused the accident through some form of negligence. Liable parties can include:
➤ Bus company: In many cases, the company running the bus route will share some level of responsibility for an accident involving its vehicle. The bus company must provide proper training and screening for its drivers.
➤ Bus driver: A bus driver might be personally liable for causing an accident.
➤ School district: A school district is responsible for the operation and maintenance of its school buses.
➤ Maintenance company: If a company is subcontracted for vehicle maintenance and does sub-par work that creates a dangerous situation, it could be liable for any injuries.
➤ Bus manufacturer: If an accident is caused by a defect in the design or construction of the bus, the manufacturer could be held accountable.
➤ Another driver: When the accident is caused by the reckless actions of another driver on the road, in turn causing the bus to crash, that third-party driver would be at fault.
➤ City authority: In some cases, a crash is caused by poor road maintenance (such as dangerous potholes) or poor road layouts. In these scenarios, the city may be negligent.
You do not need to worry about taking on the insurance company or legal team representing the at-fault party on your own. That is what we are here for. Our bus accident attorneys based in Orange County will provide expert help.
Did you know…?
You can sue a defendant over your bus accident injuries, even if you were partly at fault for the accident. California’s comparative negligence laws mean you can still be compensated, as long as another negligent party was involved.
Bus Accident Case Results
Our attorneys have a track record of success when it comes to dealing with bus accident claims. Some of our top bus crash case results include the following major payouts:
From multi-vehicle crashes to pedestrian collisions involving buses, we have seen and handled them all. You can trust us to secure the best result possible for you.
Bus Accident Statistics
Thousands of people are injured or killed in accidents involving buses every year in the United States. The following facts and statistics show how common bus accidents are:
- There are nearly 100,000 buses operating in California
- More than 990,000 buses are running across the U.S.
- In excess of 63,000 buses are involved in accidents every year
- 13,600 people (average) are injured in school buses accidents annually
- 117 people died in school bus collisions in 2018
- About 55% of people who are injured or killed in bus accidents are driving or passengers in other vehicles
Do not become just another statistic. If you are among the thousands of people injured in bus accidents every year, contact Bisnar Chase to make sure you are properly compensated.
Buses are unlike cars in many ways. For example, they are often not equipped with common safety devices such as seatbelts and passenger airbags.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that seatbelts are not required in buses, as these vehicles are designed to provide compartmentalization protection for passengers.
Buses are robust vehicles. The classic transit bus design is 40 feet long and typically weights 20,000-33,000 lbs. This can rise to 44,000 lbs. when it is fully loaded with passengers.
In the event of a bus accident, pedestrians and people in smaller vehicles will be much more vulnerable to injury than the passengers aboard the bus.
However, bus passengers can still suffer injuries, particularly in the event of a violent collision or rollover crash. Anyone injured in a bus accident can contact Bisnar Chase for expert representation.
Bus Accident FAQs
This page is a resource for anyone who has been injured in a bus accident in Orange County and needs legal advice.
Some of the most frequently asked questions are listed below. If you have a question that has not been answered here, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
You may only have up to six months to file a claim for damages against a bus company, or two years from the date of the accident for an injury lawsuit. Contact a lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your options.
Bus accident compensation varies by case. It can be awarded for a variety of factors, including pain and suffering, medical expenses, rehab and care costs, punitive damages, emotional distress, lost wages, and much more.
A bus accident lawsuit can be filed by anyone who has suffered an injury in a collision involving a bus. This can include bus passengers, pedestrians, cyclists, people in other vehicles, family members, and more.
You can still file a claim if you were partly to blame for causing the accident, according to the comparative negligence laws in California.
Bisnar Chase has a ‘No Win, No Fee’ policy. We advance the costs required to win your case to protect you from bills and expenses. Contact our intake team now for more information.
Hire the Right Bus Accident Lawyers
If you have been injured in an accident involving a bus, you need representation from an experienced law firm with a track record of success and care.
Based in Newport Beach, we have helped thousands of clients in the Orange County area. We believe in serving our community and work on contingency to make sure everyone can afford our services.
We serve cities across OC, including:
|Irvine||Costa Mesa||Newport Beach||Anaheim|
|Santa Ana||Huntington Beach||Lake Forest||Laguna Niguel|
|Laguna Hills||Mission Viejo||Placentia||Fullerton|
|Garden Grove||Cypress||Buena Park||Fountain Valley|
|Dana Point||San Clemente||La Habra||Tustin|
We know that there are plenty of personal injury attorneys in Orange County, all vying for your business. But we also believe that Bisnar Chase is the best choice for bus accident victims.
We have more than 40 years of experience in handling claims ranging from minor injuries to catastrophic damage. Our team of trial attorneys know the Orange County court system inside out and can win your case.
Our numbers speak for themselves: we have a 99% success rate and have won $700 million in verdicts and settlements.
Do not suffer in silence after an accident. Let us fight for the compensation you deserve.