Every years thousands of passengers are injured in bus accidents caused by fatigued or inexperienced bus drivers or malfunctioning components. Although traveling by bus is convenient and inexpensive, many bus passengers have the misconception that because they are traveling in a large and heavy vehicle, they are fully safe and secure.
Driver fatigue has been one of the biggest factors affecting commercial vehicle safety, including bus safety. Commercial bus drivers who travel for hours, without a break, may be at a serious risk of sleeping at the wheel, placing the lives and safety of their passengers at serious risk.
Securing compensation for bus accidents
Commercial motor vehicle companies are required to employ responsible hiring practices when they hire their bus drivers. A bus driver needs to be not just experienced and trained, but must have a good safety record. Often, those hiring practices are compromised, which results in inexperienced or inadequately trained drivers finding positions behind the wheel. Many bus accidents can be linked to drivers who are driving above the speed limit, driving under the influence of alcohol, or making serious driving errors.
Types of damages recoverable in bus accident claims
- Medical costs (past & future), including that covered by insurance or out of pocket
- Pain and suffering
- Lost earnings
- Mental anguish, PTSD, depression, anxiety
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of spousal relations
- Property damage
- Punitive damages in cases in which the driver was drunk or hit and run
Contacting a personal injury attorney in Los Angeles
If you are in need of a personal injury attorney you should contact Ken Behzadi immediately to learn more about your rights and the legal system process.