Fontana Bus Accidents Attorney
Bus Accident Lawyer Proudly Serving All of Fontana and the Inland Empire
More and more commuters are turning to mass transportation due to traffic congestion on city streets and on the California freeways. In the Inland Empire metropolitan areas, buses have become a convenient mode of transportation for thousands of people each day. Additionally, many individuals and families use tour buses, airport shuttles, ski area shuttle buses, casino buses, and school buses on a regular basis. Unfortunately, bus accidents cause thousands of serious injuries and deaths each year. At Banner Associates in the Inland Empire, our Fontana Bus Accident Attorneys can assist you with your case, if you or a loved one is the victim of a bus tragedy.
Under California law, buses are considered “common carriers,” and owe a specific duty to use extreme caution and care to safeguard their passengers to the best of their ability. Essentially, passengers are putting their trust in the driver and in the mechanical soundness of the vehicle itself. While California Civil Code Section 2100 states that “A carrier of persons for reward must use the utmost care and diligence of their safe carriage, must provide everything necessary for that purpose, and must exercise to that end a reasonable degree of skill.”, common carriers do not have to legally ensure (or guarantee) the safety of its passengers. It must, however, use reasonable skill to provide everything necessary for safe transportation. Some bus classifications, but not all, are regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) which is a branch of the U.S. Department of Transportation.
While bus accidents are not as common as car accidents, they have the potential to cause great bodily harm and often produce multiple-person injuries or multiple deaths, as generally, a bus carries several people at one time. The immense size and weight of buses is a contributing factor in the severity of damages in a wreck. Additionally, passengers often roam freely on buses, and occupants do not always use their safety belts. In the event of a bus crash, unsecured passengers may be thrown about the interior of the bus, suffering head injuries, and traumatic neck and spine injuries.
Common Injuries Resulting From Bus Accidents
When a large motor vehicle such as a bus collides with a smaller car or a motorcycle, the damages to the vehicles and injuries that occur to the passengers of the smaller vehicle can be catastrophic. Victims involved in a bus crash can suffer serious and life-altering injuries or even death. Some of the traumatic injuries associated with bus crashes include:
- back injuries
- soft tissue injuries
- neck injuries
- brain injuries
- broken bones
- spinal cord injuries
These serious injuries often produce lengthy hospitalizations and ongoing medical care for the victims. Many lose their ability to work, earn an income and provide for their family. Bus accident claims can be complex and require the skill and experience of a knowledgeable Inland Empire bus accident attorney who understands the complicated issues at hand. Don’t try to navigate a claim alone. Banner Attorneys are advocates for Fontana victims. Let us be in your corner fighting for you. We have a 98% success rate. Visit our case results page to see some of our recoveries.
The Insurance Companies Are Not On Your Side
Liability in a bus accident may not be clear-cut. Responsible parties can include the driver, the busing company, or other motorists who may have been at-fault or contributed to the cause of the accident. Though bus companies do have increased legal responsibility for their passengers, many carriers tend to rely on insurance companies to try denying coverage outright or to implement a quick-fix settlement to the injured passengers or the families of those who have died in a bus accident. These lowball offers may not cover the extensive medical treatment that may be needed in the future. They also may not give any consideration to punitive damages such as pain and suffering when they try to get you to settle quickly. Our Fontana Bus Accident Attorneys understand the present and future medical costs associated with a lengthy recovery. We recognize that other damages may have been incurred as well, such as property damage, lost wages, mental anguish, and loss of consortium or companionship. Fortunately, you have rights, and the law allows victims to seek compensation for their economic an non-economic losses. Exercise your rights with the help of a skilled Fontana Personal Injury Lawyer at Banner Attorneys.
When bus companies or municipalities fail to live up to their responsibilities to the public or are negligent in maintaining the buses they use to transport people, mechanical failures, as well as human driver error, can lead to accidents, injuries, and death. Private and commercial bus companies not only have powerful insurance companies behind them, but they also have aggressive legal teams that are standing by to minimize their financial exposure. Don’t try to face them without having legal representation of your own. Having a skilled personal injury team on your side can make a remarkable difference in the settlement or jury award you receive.
Seek Justice – Call a Fontana Bus Accident Lawyer at Banner Attorneys Today
No matter the cause of your Inland Empire bus accident, the legal professionals at Banner Attorneys are prepared to evaluate your case and assist you during the personal injury claim process. Our firm knows what it takes to get injured victims the compensation they are legally entitled to. Contact our office today at (909) 681-1622 for a free consultation or fill out our convenient online form.