Oxnard Bus Accident Lawyer
Riding the bus is one of the best ways to get around. For students, the bus may be the only option to get to school; for adults, the bus may be an effective, low-cost way to commute around Oxnard. Private buses are also used for a variety of events, including for group rentals, trips, and more.
While riding the bus may have many benefits, riding the bus isn’t without some sort of risk–buses, like other motor vehicles, are at risk of being involved in collisions. When a bus accident occurs, injuries suffered by passengers or others may be serious. What’s more, determining liability may be complex. At the offices of Fisher & Talwar, our Oxnard bus accident lawyers can help.
Common Bus Accident Injuries
The types of injuries that a victim of a bus accident may suffer depends, in large part, on the type of bus accident that occurs. Common types of bus accidents include:
- Bus and pedestrian accidents, where the bus collides with a pedestrian who is walking;
- Bus and motor vehicle accidents, where the bus has a collision with another motor vehicle; and
- Single-vehicle bus accidents, where the bus rolls over or has a collision with a stationary object.
In these types of accidents, those who may suffer injuries include the pedestrian, passengers on the bus, and occupants of any motor vehicles involved. The range of potential injuries includes:
- Head, neck, and back injuries, including traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries;
- Bone fracture injuries;
- Facial and scalp injuries;
- Soft tissue injuries, such as whiplash;
- Internal injuries;
- Crush injuries;
- Injuries to extremities; and
How Bus Accidents Happen
Bus accidents don’t “just happen”; instead, they are the result of negligence or error. In very rare cases, a bus accident may be the result of something unpreventable, such as an animal running into the road. In most instances, though, bus accidents occur as a result of a driver’s error. Examples of driver error include driving too fast for conditions, speeding, driving while distracted, driving aggressively, following too closely, failing to yield, driving while intoxicated, and failing to adhere to posted safety and traffic laws and signs.
Sometimes, bus accidents happen because of other drivers’ errors–not necessarily the errors of the driver of the bus. Bus accidents can also be the result of vehicle defects, such as defective brakes, tires, and engines. And in some cases, bus accidents occur because of poor road maintenance or defective signage.
Who’s Liable For A Bus Accident?
If you’ve been in a bus accident, the first thing that’s important to determine is how the bus accident happened, as this will provide clues about liability. Even if you know how the bus accident occurred, though, determining liability may be a little more complex. For example, say the cause of the accident was a tire blowout. Who’s liable? It could be the manufacture of the tire if the tire was defectively made, or the distributor of the tire if the distributor knew of the defect but sold the tire anyway. Or, it could be a repair/vehicle maintenance company that was responsible for fixing the tire or the bus company for failure to seek repairs.
Our lawyers will work hard to determine liability. We can help you to bring forth a claim against the responsible party and prove that your injuries would not have occurred but for that party’s negligence.
Filing A Claim Against The Government In California: What You Need To Know
If you are bringing forth a claim against a private individual or a private company following a bus accident, the standard rules related to a car accident/personal injury claims will apply, including the two-year statute of limitations. However, if you are bringing forth a claim against a government entity or municipality, the California Tort Claims Act applies. Under the act, you will have six months from the date of your accident to file a notice of claim against the government entity; then, the government agency will accept or reject the claim within 45 days. It’s important to have legal representation during this process.
Call the Law Office Of Fisher & Talwar Today
If you have been in a bus accident in Oxnard, you may be dealing with serious injuries, anxiety about the future, and questions about your rights. At the law office of Fisher & Talwar, our experienced Oxnard bus accident lawyers can help. To learn more about your rights and our legal services, please call us directly today. We work on a contingency fee basis and offer free case consultations.