Each year in the U.S., hundreds of people die in bus crashes, and thousands are injured. Due to its high population numbers, California is one of four states experiencing the most fatal bus crashes in the country.
If you were injured in a bus accident, our Riverside lawyers empathize with the pain you’ve suffered, and if you’ve lost a loved one, we sympathize with you and your family as you live with that horrible loss. We understand the stress of injury and loss. Our attorneys are honored to provide guidance and support as you seek justice and compensation for yourself and your family.
Recoverable Damages from a Bus Accident in Riverside, CA
Damages you may recover from a bus accident-related injury or loss fall into two categories: 1) economic damages, for which there are clear dollar amounts attached, and 2) non-economic damages, which are losses with no specific dollar amounts attached.
Our Riverside bus accident attorneys will advocate for you and pursue a full and fair settlement or judgment. From day one, we will fight for you to help you achieve the best possible case outcome.
Economic damages may include:
- Medical and rehabilitation expenses
- Property loss repair or replacement
- Loss of current or future earnings
- Funeral and burial costs (if you’re loved one suffered fatal injuries from the accident)
Non-economic damages may include:
- Pain and suffering
- Anguish and distress
- Loss of companionship
- Altered relationships
- Disability or disfigurement
These are just a few damages that bus accident victims could recover. Our attorneys will carefully review the specifics of your case to help you identify all the damages you may be due.
In California, there is a third category of damages related to personal injuries — they’re called punitive damages. These damages are not commonly awarded as they’re meant to punish the defendant rather than compensate the plaintiff. You must prove the defendant was guilty of “oppression, fraud, or malice” in their actions toward you, and the court will determine if punitive damages are in order.
Bus Accidents in Riverside, California
If you were involved in a bus crash in Riverside, California, you may have been a passenger or driver on a transit bus or a nonprofit or school bus. Or perhaps you were in a passenger vehicle or simply walking on the sidewalk. Wherever you were during the accident, the sheer size of a bus increases the risk of injury and death for all those involved.
Recent bus accidents have made the news. In the summer of 2022, 13 people were injured when a Greyhound bus blew a tire in Riverside County, per a Los Angeles Times article. In December 2022, a sheriff’s bus crashed on I-10 with 25 occupants on board, as KESQ News Channel 3 reports.
Common Causes and Risks of Bus Accidents
There are many causes of bus accidents. Our Riverside attorneys look at the accident you were involved in to pinpoint who or what may have been at fault. The answer to that question affects where you may end up filing your claim. Causes may include:
- Poor bus maintenance
- Inadequate bus driver training
- Driving under the influence
- Road conditions
- Other driver’s negligence
- Defective bus parts
- Driver fatigue
There may be increased risks for injury or death due to:
- Lack of seat belts
- Lack of safety equipment, such as airbags
- The size of the bus, which may make it harder to control
How Our Attorneys Can Help Your Case
An attorney with a background in bus-related personal injury cases brings that history and knowledge to your case, which relieves you of the stress of digging through the legal red tape while attempting to recover from the physical and mental trauma of a bus crash.
Your lawyer will usually approach your case by putting the incident under a microscope to help determine who or what was at fault. It could be that fault was not a factor, but to know that all the puzzle pieces must be looked at, such as:
- Road and weather conditions at the time of the accident
- Police reports
- Driving history of each driver involved
- Maintenance history of the bus
- Bus owner’s history
- Recreation of the incident
- Eyewitness statements
- Visual data
- Medical reports
Any evidence that can show how and why the accident happened will be collected and used in filing your case.
Our bus accident attorneys draw from a deep well of knowledge and time spent working within the legal framework of California’s civil courts. We apply that history to each case to help you get the best outcome possible. When you become our client, we:
- Focus on you and your needs.
- Communicate with insurance companies and other parties on your behalf.
- Regularly update you on the status of your case.
- Remove much of the legal load and stress from your shoulders.
- Negotiate with insurance companies to reach a full and fair compensation settlement.
- Prepare for trial and represent you in court if a settlement cannot be reached.
California Sets Statute of Limitations Filing Deadline for Injury Lawsuits
In Riverside, California, the law states that you have two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. Initially, a compensation claim will be filed with an insurance company. If a settlement figure cannot be agreed on, you may choose to move forward with a lawsuit. You typically have two years to do so, although there are exceptions. Our attorneys will explain how that may apply to your case.
Call Us Today for Help After a Riverside Bicycle Accident – We Can Help
Call Greenberg Gross for a free initial consultation today. Our Riverside bus accident attorneys want to hear your story and provide answers to your questions. We know the accident has added stress to your life, and we want to make your legal journey easy. Toward that end, you pay no attorney’s fees or costs until you receive appropriate compensation.