Some four million people rely on buses for safe and reliable transportation in and around Torrance every day. Although accidents involving these 25,000-pound common carriers are not regular occurrences, when they do happen, the damage and injury are often catastrophic.
Bus companies– whether privately or publicly owned– have a duty to ensure the operation and maintenance of their vehicles is conducted with passenger safety in mind. If it can be proven that driver fatigue, lax maintenance, or negligent behavior contributed to a crash, victims may be eligible for monetary reparations. Not sure if you or a loved one has a valid claim? Talk to a Los Angeles bus accident attorney at Salamati Law, free of charge.
We are well-versed in public transportation accident lawsuits against private bus companies, as well as those involving:
- Torrance Transit System
- Los Angeles Department of Transportation
- Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)
Available compensation for bus accident injuries
“How much is my bus accident claim worth?’ is one of the first questions asked by our clients. It depends on the extent and type of injuries sustained. More permanent, disabling injuries will typically net higher damage awards, which may be paid by the defendant’s motor vehicle liability insurance. By law, any common carrier that transports more than 16 passengers must carry $5 million in liability coverage to pay for accident-related property damage, bodily injury, and/or death.
Our Torrance bus accident lawyers know how to fight for maximum compensation against negligent parties. A successful claim or personal injury lawsuit can recover damages for:
- Medical expenses – including hospital costs, surgery, medication, diagnostics, and doctor fees
- Lost income
- Loss of future wages and earnings
- Permanent disability or disfigurement
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
Given the traumatic nature of bus accident injuries, the verdicts and settlements in resulting litigation can be substantial. The Los Angeles MTA has settled several cases for upwards of $1 million, where claimants suffered traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, crush injuries, and loss of limbs.
Potentially liable parties in a bus crash claim
We often confer with accident reconstructionists, veteran investigators, and safety experts to demonstrate liability and establish the full extent of the losses sustained by our clients. Liability in a bus accident may rest with not one, but several parties, depending on the circumstances and evidence gathered.
Responsibility may lie with any of the following entities:
- Bus driver
- Bus company
- Parts manufacturer if the accident resulted from a defective component
- Maintenance supervisor
- Local and state governments
- Drivers of other vehicles who caused the accident
Contact our team of Torrance bus accident lawyers for a free consultation
Looking for a Torrance bus accident lawyer with a proven track record of results? Since 1995, attorney Sean F. Salamati has been successfully handling complex accident claims with compassion, attention to detail, and results-focused dedication. We understand that seemingly minor injuries can evolve into debilitating health complications that undermine your ability to enjoy life and earn a living to support a family.
Our legal team has secured millions of dollars on behalf of clients and are eager to put our resources and knowledge to work for you. Request a free case evaluation to discuss your eligibility for compensation after a bus accident.