Bus accidents can occur for many reasons and endanger the lives of multiple people at a time. A number of individuals rely on bus transportation daily, but most do not consider the possibility that they may become involved in an accident during their commute. In California, the number of people killed in a fatal bus accident annually over the past few years has been fewer than 100, according to some statistics. The number of those who have suffered injuries however is significantly higher, with more than 1,000 injuries reported in Los Angeles and the surrounding cities alone.
Broader statistics show that on a national scale the number of bus accident injuries is approximately 12,000 each year including injuries to pedestrians, cyclists, and individuals in passenger vehicles involved in bus crashes. The high rate is thought to be the result of an increase in commercial vehicle accidents because there are more commercial vehicles present on U.S. roads.
Among the most common causes of bus accidents are driver mistakes such as failing to obey traffic signs, poor weather conditions, road hazards, poor vehicle maintenance, and impaired driving, for example driver fatigue.
Individuals who sustain a serious bus accident injury are often not at fault. Bus companies and their staff may be liable for the resulting damages including medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering. A Los Angeles bus accident lawyer can advocate on behalf of injured victims who have been involved in a bus accident caused by the negligence or wrongful actions of a driver or other party, and need support to file related accident injury claims.
The Life Care Solutions Group can provide information to injured accident victims seeking help following a California bus accident injury. Contact us today for more information about how we can be of assistance to you.