Below, our experienced bus accident attorneys will discuss Metro bus accidents. If you or a loved one suffered injuries as a result of a bus accident, West Coast Trial Lawyers is always here to answer any questions you may have about bus accident claims and damages available to you.
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.). This means that there are rules and timelines that must be followed in order to successfully pursue a bus accident claim against Metro.
Drivers who transport people have a much higher duty of care to other drivers. This is because a bus operator is generally thought of as a common carrier. A common carrier is any business that is responsible for transporting people or goods for a profit.
Therefore, if Metro does not repair its buses, properly inspect their fleet, or appropriately train and supervise their drivers, they may be in violation of their duties as a common carrier. Failure to abide by legally mandated duties may subject them to liability and any applicable damages.
The FMCSA and other California state agencies are responsible for enforcing regulations to minimize accidents involving commercial buses. Such regulations include, but are not limited to:
While it does not necessarily happen often, Metro and its drivers will violate safety regulations, which can only serve to increase the likelihood of a bus accident.
As with most personal injury claims, recovery of damages is contingent on proving that Metro’s negligence was the cause of any injuries or losses sustained. Below are several common examples that would place liability in the hands of Metro.
In California, claims against public entities and other 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.
Handling the process of a bus accident claim on your own can be overwhelming. You can miss important information to include in your claim or make a statement that was used against you. Either of these errors can almost guarantee that you will not receive full and fair compensation.
Our legal team and experienced bus accident lawyers are here to help you. We will handle every part of your case—from dealing with insurance companies, negotiating medical bills, handling property damage, scheduling doctor’s appointments, and more.
A bus accident victim may be entitled to various forms of economic compensation. Economic damages will typically cover the costs a victim will pay or may have to pay because of the accident.
Non-economic damages, on the other hand, will include injuries which do not necessarily have a tangible monetary value, such as pain and suffering and the loss of a limb. Compensatory damages after a bus accident claim can potentially include:
If you or a loved one were a victim of a bus accident, our expert team of bus accident attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers will help you recover compensation for damages you have suffered. This includes medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, emotional distress, and pain and suffering.