In 2018, a tour bus collided with a barrier on a Los Angeles freeway and rolled over, sending 25 injured passengers to the hospital. In 2016, 13 passengers were killed, and 31 were hurt near Palm Springs when their bus rear-ended a semi. A 2014 school bus accident in Northern California resulted in 10 fatalities. Even though bus accidents are not as common as car crashes, the fallout can be far more severe. When a driver, bus company or other motorist’s negligence has resulted in a bus injury accident involving you or your loved ones, take comfort in the fact that a Riverside bus accident attorney is available to help.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a bus is a motorized vehicle that can carry at least 10 passengers in addition to a driver. By this definition, not only city buses and school buses qualify but also large passenger vans and shuttles.
Liability in a bus accident depends upon the circumstances that led to the crash. If the bus driver neglected to pay attention to the road, that might indicate liability. Speeding, driving recklessly or ignoring traffic laws are also signs of driver liability. If a failure to maintain the engine or brakes caused the crash, the company owners are likely to be liable.
The crux of liability is whether someone’s negligence or intentional actions caused the accident, but bus accident liability can be complicated. If you are injured due to another driver, you must file a third-party claim for damages. If the driver of your bus is liable, your claim may be complicated by local governmental regulations as well.