Bus accidents can happen anywhere, including in Beverly Hills. In June of 2019, eight people required hospitalization after suffering serious injuries in a Beverly Hills tour bus accident. The incident occurred in Coldwater Canyon and the driver was later arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence, which is severely negligent.
All bus drivers, including tour bus drivers, Metro drivers, and school bus drivers, are known as common carriers. In other words, they are legally required to be extra careful because they are transporting passengers for profit.
If you have suffered injuries in a bus accident, you must file a personal injury claim to recover damages for any injuries sustained. As with most personal injury incidents, bus accidents are typically caused by someone’s negligence or reckless actions. This can include the bus driver, the bus company, or other drivers.
Most personal injury claims in California must be filed within two years of when the incident first took place. However, some bus accident claims may have different time timeframes, or statutes of limitation. For example, bus accident claims against public entities and government-run transportation entities must be filed within six months from the date of the accident. Claims against non-government private parties and operators can be filed within two years from the date of the accident.
Bus accident claims are especially complex, but our expert team of experienced Beverly Hills bus accident attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers is here to help. We are ready to handle every part of your case, including dealing with the insurance companies, negotiating medical bills, aiding with your doctor’s appointments, and more.
Please don’t hesitate to contact our 24/7 legal team by calling (310) 919-5962 or emailing [email protected] to schedule a free consultation at our Beverly Hills personal injury law firm.
Below are several examples that would place liability in the hands of a bus driver or bus company:
Several bus lines operate in and out of the Beverly Hills area. LA Metro buses are part of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority (LACMTA), which is a public entity. As such, LACMTA will be subject to the California Tort Claims Act. (Gov. Code § 810 et al.).
As mentioned, bus drivers and companies that transport people have a duty of care to their passengers and other motorists on the road. A bus operator is thought of as a common carrier, which means they transport people for a profit. As it relates to issues of liability, if Metro fails to properly inspect and repair its buses, or appropriately train and supervise their drivers, they may be found in violation of their duties as a common carrier.
In summary, not abiding by legally mandated duties will likely subject a bus driver or company to liability for any losses caused by their negligence.
Bus accident victims are generally entitled to economic and non-economic damages for their losses.
Economic damages cover monetary costs a bus accident victim will have to pay or may have to pay as a result of the accident. Non-economic damages cover injuries which don’t necessarily have an objective monetary value. These damages, for example, include pain and suffering and the loss of a limb.
Damages after a bus accident claim may include a combination of:
If you were involved in a bus accident and have sustained injuries as a result of negligence or deliberate acts of malice, you have the right to hold the guilty party responsible for your losses. A Beverly Hills bus accident attorney at West Coast Trial Lawyers will help you recover compensation for the losses you have suffered, including your medical bills, property damage, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.