Bus accident injuries can take many forms, from cuts and lacerations to concussions and extensive burns. Contact the Salamati Firm today to talk to a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer.
Defining the problem
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) defines a “bus” as any vehicle designed to carry nine or more passengers along with the driver. This includes a wide range of vehicles, from commercial to private—including Greyhound, charters, tour bus companies, and school busses. All of them can cause terrible harm in an accident.
Concussions are common in a bus accident. It is a swelling of the brain caused by an impact to the skull. In January 2020, a North Carolina school bus was struck by both an 18-wheeler and a delivery truck. The eight children and two adults on the bus were hospitalized. At least one of the victims suffered a concussion.
Who was to blame in this case: the trucker, the delivery van driver, or the person behind the wheel of the bus? The complexity of this question demonstrates why you need a personal injury lawyer if this has happened to you.
More than 3 million Americans each year suffer a broken bone injury. In some cases, the bone punctures the surrounding skin, magnifying the discomfort, and significantly increasing the risk of a severe infection. On February 23, 2020, a bus traveling on I-15 near Fallbrook was involved in a rollover accident, killing three passengers. Those who survived suffered serious injuries, including broken bones.
The symptoms of burn injuries can range from severe discomfort to disfiguring and debilitating scars. Treating these types of wounds often requires extensive and expensive care. The bills can easily exceed what an insurance policy is willing to pay. In 2017 a teenager and a bus driver died in a blaze that raged out of control for several minutes while emergency responders raced to the scene.
At Salamati Law, we have extensive experience in this practice area. Reach out to a Los Angeles bus accident attorney in our office so we can help you receive the compensation you deserve.
Another common injury in a bus accident is a laceration, which is a tearing of the victim’s skin. Two factors make them challenging to treat. First, the wound often follows a zig-zag pattern. This can make stitches difficult. In addition, there is always the risk of bacterial infections and wound contamination. Broken glass, shards of metal, and toxic chemicals are prevalent in a bus accident and common in treating lacerations.
For example, in 2007, a Greyhound bus was struck head-on by an SUV while traveling down I-65. All 53 passengers were sent to the hospital, some with lacerations that required immediate medical treatment. Who covered the cost of their care? Did insurance alone pay the bills?
Only the tip of the iceberg
As Los Angeles bus accident lawyers, we’ve seen firsthand the suffering and hardship from these collisions. That’s why we work so hard to get our clients every penny of the compensation they deserve. We know that money alone can never restore what the negligence of others has taken away. However, having the funds you need can help you rebuild your life with confidence and peace of mind.
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