Buses are typically deemed safe by most people, but statistics show that over 4,000 accidents involving trucks and buses have resulted in fatalities in 2016 alone. This goes a long way to showing that it is not always possible to avoid injuries or even accidents, whether you happen to be travelling on a long-haul, a Geryhound, or a Muni. In case you ever get injured while on one of these, you need to be able to point out who is responsible, as well as the remedies you can avail legally.
Types of Buses You Need to Know About
Most Californians, and especially San Francisco natives, use either Greyhound or Muni buses to get around whenever they pick public transportation. The Bay Area has a separate variety of buses which cater to tourists and the like. These tour buses, as well as school buses, are prone to getting in accidents just the same as a Greyhound or a Muni, and it is possible to hold parties responsible if you ever get injured as a passenger.
On Whom Does Liability Fall?
One or more parties can be attributed responsibility for a bus accident, including the bus driver, county, bus stop owner, school bus operator, tour bus operator, charter bus operator, bus parts supplier, city, bus maintenance company, bus driver’s supervisor, bus owner, bus manufacturer, and state. In most cases, it is more than one of these that are proven responsible, which means that they share responsibility for the incident. California law also allows you to recover compensation even if you were in part responsible for the accident, and in turn, your own injury. The only catch there is that your award would then be cut by a proportional amount, with respect to your amount of fault that is.
Proving the Other Party Was At Fault
For someone to be conclusively shown as responsible for your injury, you need to prove the following three things in court: that they owed you a duty of care, that they breached said duty of care, and that this breach was a big enough factor in the injury or injuries which you suffered.
Bus accident cases often carry many moving parts, so to speak. This is why it is important to make sure you speak at length with a proficient bus accident lawyer about what your options are regarding your own case. An experienced bus accident attorney can guide you around any pitfalls during litigation, and make sure you win the maximum possible award in court.