Buses are larger vehicles with multiple passengers.
The large number of persons on a given bus means that a single accident can result in numerous injuries.
In Santa Clara, the most common types of buses are single-story, but there are some larger, two-level ones.
There are also articulated buses, which are two buses connected together.
In Santa Clara, buses are used for inner city commuting as well as for long distance transportation in and out of the city.
There are also designated school buses for children of various ages.
Some buses are used as public transportation, a service provided by the government or a public organization.
Others are used as private transport, that is, they are rented for a specific use.
Buses must be registered.
According to the Transportation Department of the Federal Highway Traffic Safety Administration (FMSCA), 10.6 million large commercial trucks and more than 764 thousand buses were registered in the United States in 2012.
The number included trucks with a gross vehicle weight of over 10,000 pounds and many types of buses designed to carry more than 10 passengers (excluding the driver), such as school buses, intercity buses and transit buses.
Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that large truck and bus accidents caused 3,944 deaths in 2012 and 3,964 in 2013.
Of the deaths, most were not truck/bus occupants but occupants of other vehicles affected by these large vehicles or otherwise involved in accidents, in addition to pedestrians or other non-occupants.
Of these fatal accidents, only 264 involved other vehicles, however, a total of 2,834 vehicle occupants and 439 non-occupants died.
In short, buses and trucks often cause injuries to persons not in the bus or truck.
Sadly, when bus accidents happen, the risk of a catastrophic injury is much greater.
Top Causes of Bus Accidents in Santa Clara
The causes of accidents in which buses were involved are numerous.
Occasionally, bus accidents are the result of negligence on the part of the driver or the company.
Among the negligent causes that drivers may incur are the following:
- The fatigue in the driver after long days of driving
- Driving at high speed.
- Lack of driver training.
- Lack of maintenance and repairs.
- Driving too closely to other vehicles.
- Making a false assumption of the actions of other drivers.
- Illegal maneuver.
- Getting distracted when driving.
- Making unsafe lane changes.
- Violating the right of way.
- Driving aggressively.
- A brake failure.
- Not being familiar with roads and highways.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Common Injuries From Bus Accidents
When buses are involved in collisions, the injuries are often catastrophic and sometimes fatal.
The bodily harm can include:
- Injuries to internal organs
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spine Injuries
- Paraplegia and quadriplegia
- Amputation or dismemberment
- Disfigurement and scarring
Contact a Bus Accident Attorney in Santa Clara
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries as a result of a bus accident in Santa Clara, it is of the utmost importance that you choose an attorney who understands the laws in California.
Our attorneys at Avrek Law Firm, are experienced in bus accidents.
We have a vast experience in this type of case.
Contact us today to seek legal guidance for your case.
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What Is My Bus Accident Claim Worth?
At Avrek Law Firm, our expert personal injury lawyers will support you in pursuing appropriate legal action against an insurance company or defendant.
Whether it is a commercial or government-owned bus company or an insurance company looking to limit the total payment of your damages, we are committed to obtain maximum compensation on your behalf.
It is important to fully understand your legal situation and our lawyers will guide you through the process.
We will determine if the bus accident is the result of negligence, manufacturer liability, etc.
As a victim of a bus accident in Santa Clara, you may have a legal alternatives to recover compensation for the following:
- Payment of current and ongoing medical expenses
- The payment of emotional and psychological distress
- Payment for lost wages and the ability to generate income
- Payment for damages
- And any other damage allowed under Californian law
How Long Do I Have To Take Legal Action?
In California, you have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit.
The statute of limitations for a personal injury claim in California is two years from the date of the accident if the responsible party is a private person.
What this means is that you have two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit or resolve your claim.
If the responsible party is the government you only have six months to file a claim.
These laws can be tricky and confusing, so Call Avrek Law today so we can better explain the laws.
Types of Bus Accidents
- Bus and car accident
- Bus and motorcycle accident
- Bus and other bus accident
- Bus and Pedestrian accident
- Bus accident and children (school-aged children)
- Bus accidents due to technical failures, fires, etc.
- Other types of accidents involving a bus
Bus Accident Checklist – What To Do After An Accident
If you or a loved one is involved in a bus accident in Santa Clara, you should do the following:
- Call 911 for appropriate emergency care If you and/or others are seriously injured,
- If medical care can wait, obtain the name and contact details of the bus driver, and anyone who witnessed the accident, including the passengers on the bus
- Obtain the identification number and the bus plate number
- Obtain the bus driver’s license and the employee number
- Take photographs of all damaged vehicles and property, all visible injuries and location of the event
- Look for any video cameras that may have captured what happened, and ask the bus driver to identify all the video cameras on the bus
- Obtain adequate medical attention
- Get a police report
- Seek legal guidance from Avrek Law Firm