Many people choose to ride the bus daily as a means of public transportion in Pasadena.
Either because they do not own a car, to avoid the hassles of driving, or to save money.
When we ride a bus we put our trust in the drivers and the companies (or city) that operates them.
This means that these vehicles and their drivers have been authorized to move members of the general public from one place to another.
Any type of public transportation is subject to this law, which includes all vehicles, from buses operated by the state and the city, to trains, taxis, or airplanes.
In the State of California, common carriers are forced to drive more responsibly than other drivers.
The consequences of a bus accident are unpredictable; sometimes people will walk away with nothing more than a bruise, but fatalities and permanent injuries can also occur.
According to police reports, some of the most common places for bus accidents in Pasadena are the following:
- 210 Freeway near Hill Avenue
- Amar Road in Valinda
- Eastbound Foothill Freeway near Lincoln Avenue
Top Causes Of Bus Accidents in Pasadena
- Negligence committed by the bus company
This is one of the main causes of bus accidents in Pasadena. Every year, more than 700 million passengers are transported thanks to the bus industry. However, bus companies are not as stringent as the airline industry. Bus companies often neglect regulations that should be strict, such as maintaining units, updating records, or properly training their drivers. In some cases, they tend to neglect these regulations just to save money, since maintaining all their buses can be costly.
- Negligence of the bus driver
Bus drivers sometimes neglect the laws they are required to comply with. This is a particularly common occurrence of charter and tour companies. Another example of noncompliance occurs during “hours of service” that indicate how long a driver must stay on the road before the end of his or her driving shift. There are also the laws that regulate crossings, bus speed, and stops at pedestrian crossings. In some cases, bus drivers drive negligently when texting or making calls while working.
- Fatigue of the bus driver
In the United States, fatigue is the leading cause of multiple road fatalities. Fatigue occurs after long hours of driving without rest. Drivers who have sleep apnea run a high risk of causing accidents on the road. According to the American Trucking Association, 28 percent of their drivers have admitted that they suffer from sleep apnea.
Common Injuries From Bus Accidents
When a commercial truck or bus is involved in a collision, the injuries obtained could be catastrophic and sometimes fatal.
These may include:
- Internal hemorrhages
- Head injuries
- Brain trauma injuries
- Spine injuries
- Disfigurement and scarring
Proving Fault In a Bus Crash
To receive maximum compensation from your injuries, it is critical that you hire a Pasadena bus accident attorney.
Avrek Law will do a thorough investigation of your case to establish that the cause of the accident was the negligence of the commercial bus, and/or the company for which the driver works.
When you hire the legal services of Avrek Law Firm, in the case of a bus accident, our firm will make an investigation of the events, obtain the police report, interview the witnesses who were present at the time the accident occurred, and get a statement of what they heard and what they saw.
Avrek will take the necessary steps to ensure your claim is handled properly and gets the attention it deserves.
What Is My Bus Accident Claim Worth?
It is important that you choose an attorney with experience in bus accidents in Pasadena.
Your lawyer will use their skills and experience to prove that your injuries were the result of the accident.
This way you will be able to obtain the maximum compensation allowed by the law, for:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Loss of wages
- Loss of future earnings or wages
- Loss of property (damage to your vehicle)
- Physical pain
- Mental pain
- Emotional stress
- Not being able to enjoy life
How Long Do I Have To Take Legal Action?
In California, you have two years to file a personal injury claim after a bus accident involving a private company.
Don’t delay filing a claim, and don’t fight the insurance companies alone.
Contact Avrek Law today.
These deadlines and procedural requirements are different from other types of accident injury cases and must be strictly followed, or your rights and compensation may be lost.
Bus Accident Liability
The United States government has established regulations regarding commercial trucks and transportation buses.
The FMCSA §§ 392.1 – 392.9 (a) lists regulations to be followed by each and every officer, agent, representative, and employee who is responsible for managing and maintaining operations of commercial trucks or buses, as well as contracting, supervision, training, and assignment, in addition to consigning goods to drivers.
Some of these regulations speak of fatigue while driving, speeding, keeping the load safe, using electronic devices; as well as driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
A bus driver may be liable for your injuries if they:
– Were driving tired
– Were speeding
– Didn’t inspect the bus
– Sent text messages and held a cell phone while driving
– Were driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs
What To do After a Bus Accident in Pasadena
If you are involved in a bus accident in Pasadena, there are many things to do, including the following:
- If you are seriously injured, call 911 for appropriate emergency care
- If medical attention can wait, obtain the name and contact details of the bus driver, and anyone who witnessed the accident as they will help any claim you decide to make
- Obtain the identification number and bus plate number
- Obtain the driver’s license and their employee number
- Take photographs of all damaged vehicles and property, all visible injuries, and the place of the event
- Look for any video cameras that may have recorded what happened, and ask the bus driver to identify all the video cameras on the bus
- Contact Avrek Law Firm