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Bus Accidents

When you step onto a city transit bus or put your child onto a school bus, you entrust the bus driver, the bus company and a host of others with you and your loved ones’ safety and security. An accident is among the last things you expect. Yet, accidents happen.


When a bus accident occurs, the consequences can be significant, both emotionally and financially, not only for the passengers on board but also for their dependents and loved ones. The Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards define a bus as any motorized vehicle capable of carrying more than 10 passengers. The category includes school buses, large vans used for public transport, church buses, municipal transit buses, many airport shuttles, tour buses, trolleys, and interstate carriers, such as Greyhound buses. Most of these are considered “common carriers” under the law and are therefore subject to state and federal licensing requirements and other regulations, but it is a state law that will determine if bus companies and others are liable for compensating a passenger for injuries sustained in a crash.

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The Common Carrier Law in California

California state law creates an additional set of standards of care for common carriers, such as buses, which requires buses to “use the utmost care and diligence for (their passengers) safe carriage”.

This additional standard of care includes, but is not limited to:

  • Screening and properly training employees
  • Safely transporting passengers
  • Providing a safe place for passengers to enter and exit the bus
  • Maintaining the safety of all vehicles
  • Protecting passengers from harm, including harm from other passengers.

Our legal system has in place a mechanism to ensure that the costs of bus crashes are accepted by those at fault, not by the innocent passengers and their families. An injury that occurs while an individual is using bus transportation may entitle that person and/or his dependents and family members to compensation. Our effective personal injury attorneys can help you determine if you have a valid claim for your injuries, and, if so, how to maximize your recovery from the responsible parties.

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