Bus drivers are accountable for the safety of the passengers they transport to and from their destinations. But do you have to cover your medical expenses if you get hurt in a bus crash you did not cause? The answer is no.
The San Bernardino bus accident lawyers with Greenberg Gross are here to let you know that you have the right to hold negligent bus drivers responsible for their acts and to reimburse you for your costs. With their assistance, you may get the money you need as quickly as possible.
Helping San Bernardino Bus Accident Survivors, One Case at a Time
During the immediate physical and financial difficulty following a sudden accident on public transit, concerns about your future, your financial security, your capacity to work, and a host of others quickly appear. You might include, “How am I going to support my family” on your list of concerns. Accident survivors should prioritize their physical well-being and their loved ones’ security and safety.
Some people might not know someone can be accountable for an accident that occurs while using public transit, while others might not be eager to deal with the challenges of a legal case. Still, they might wonder, “How am I expected to find a lawyer?” In response, we are here.
Since 2013, Greenberg Gross has built an expansive team of professional attorneys dedicated to helping survivors of personal injury across California. If we work on your case, we will investigate, assess economic and non-economic damages, assist with settlement negotiations, represent you at trial, and use the law to your benefit. Lastly, we aim to offer affordable legal representation. We know you have expenses from the accident in San Bernardino, but we don’t plan to be among them. We want to help you get the money you need. If we recover compensation for you then we are paid by a percentage of your recovery. If not, you owe us nothing.
Proving Accountability for Your San Bernardino Bus Crash
You can be affected by a bus accident in one of two ways: you can be a passenger on the bus during the crash or another motorist hit by the bus. Regardless of your role, a few parties can be responsible for the accident.
- Bus driver: An accident can be caused by a bus driver’s negligence. Accidents frequently result from inattentive driving, drunkenness, aggressive driving, and distracted driving, all of which are the bus driver’s fault. There are other situations, such as driving when tired, for which the employer may also be liable, in addition to the driver.
- Bus manufacturer: Vehicle maintenance is not just the driver’s responsibility. Worn tires, defective engines, and other defects that cause accidents are the manufacturer’s fault, and in most situations, they would be held completely responsible for any accidents that ensue.
- Third-party driver: Negligence on the part of another driver can be the cause of a multivehicle accident. They could be held solely responsible or in addition to another individual if there was careless behavior from multiple parties.
- The city/government: Defects in the road, damaged traffic signs, malfunctioning streetlights, and roadside hazards are out of motorists’ control. If failure to maintain safe road conditions caused an accident, you could file a case against the city.
Many parties may be liable for compensatory damages. Therefore, Greenberg Gross takes on these duties on behalf of our customers. We gather evidence, pinpoint all potential sources of wrongdoing, and provide justice and financial stability. We will find who is responsible for you and seek damages accordingly.
Common Injuries from a Bus Accident
There is a high risk of harm in any vehicle accident. Still, buses are different in that an unexpected swerve or collision can send you and other passengers flying all over the place, into walls, barriers in the bus, and even each other. Injuries can range from minor to life-threatening, as shown below:
- Bone fractures
- Internal bleeding
- Spinal cord injury
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Amputation injury
If you were operating your vehicle when the bus hit you, the risk for catastrophic injury is even greater, and there is an increased possibility for injuries like whiplash.
Recovering Damages from the Driver, Third Party, or Municipality
Any of the injuries above can result in significant medical expenditures, long-term treatment, and reduced capacity to work in the near future or possibly leave you with permanent physical issues or impairment in the worst-case scenario.
If the accident has impaired your ability to earn or any of your motor functions, they are considered damages in addition to medical expenditures and other forms of influence on your life, such as emotional anguish and diminished quality of living. To reach a reasonable settlement, you must consider not just your immediate bills but also the cost of ongoing treatment and missed income from your job.
Our attorneys will work with you to reach a reasonable settlement that includes all the aforementioned fees and the non-economic damages that all accountable parties owe you.
Injured Parties in California Have a Limited Time to Sue for Their Losses
If you are attempting to file a personal injury case for damages to pay your medical bills, you’re probably trying to do it immediately. But if you decide to wait, you have up to two years after the date of your accident to file, per CCP § 335.1. Importantly, however, the time frame for filing a claim against a public entity is much shorter. Once the deadline expires, you can no longer pursue financial awards from the liable party.
Our San Bernardino Bus Accident Attorneys Can Take Your Case
If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a San Bernardino bus accident, Greenberg Gross can fight for justice for you and your family. Contact us today; we’re available 24/7.