With nearly 40 years of experience and $1.9 billion in wins for clients, PARRIS bus accident lawyers have the skills, resources, and experience needed to get you the compensation you deserve after a bus accident.
When we pay a bus company to move passengers from one place to the next, we reasonably expect the driver to operate the vehicle safely. Sadly, this does not always happen.
A negligent bus driver is not just a danger to a bus’s passengers—pedestrians, cyclists, and other drivers on the road are at risk when a bus driver fails to act safely. Bus crashes can leave victims with catastrophic injuries, which lead to expensive medical bills, months of lost work, and permanently altered relationships.
The road to recovery after a bus accident is not an easy one, but the team at PARRIS Law Firm can help you get the compensation you deserve.
For nearly four decades, the bus accident lawyers at PARRIS Law Firm have secured top-notch results for clients like you. Join thousands of Californians in trusting PARRIS Law Firm with their recovery. Schedule a free case review with our bus accident lawyers today.
Since 1985, PARRIS Law Firm has established itself as one of California’s most prominent personal injury law firms, home to some of the country’s top trial lawyers.
The PARRIS Law Firm, located in northern Los Angeles county, specializes in all types of personal injury cases, including car accidents, truck accidents, and motorcycle accidents. In our nearly four decades of operation, the PARRIS team has amassed over $1.9 billion in verdicts and settlements for clients.
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When choosing an bus accident lawyer, results matter. Choose a law firm that won’t stop until they’ve secured the best possible result for your case.
The period following a bus accident is extremely challenging. We understand that recovery is your top priority, and at PARRIS, our bus accident lawyers make sure the road to that recovery is smooth.
Your team is always available to answer any questions you might have. As your investigator, case manager, and attorney work to secure your result, your client care coordinator contacts you at every new development in your case. We never leave you in the dark.
We’ve also developed a pricing model that best serves clients. At the PARRIS Law Firm, we work entirely on contingency, meaning that we do not get paid unless we win the case. The cost of the legal care you need never comes out of your own pocket.
Call us today to speak with someone about your case for free.
Every day, there are an estimated 30,000 commercial buses and 450,000 school buses on the road in America, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in 2019, 5,005 large trucks and 232 buses were involved in fatal crashes nationwide, while about 119,000 truck accidents and 8,000 bus accidents caused serious injury.
Of all the fatal bus accidents in 2019, 84 involved school buses, 15 involved intercity buses, and 78 involved transit buses. Fortunately, all three of these stats were among the lowest numbers recorded since national statistics on fatal truck and bus accidents were first tracked in 1975.
Despite increasing bus safety regulations and a decrease in fatal accidents across the country, the number of bus crashes per year has generally increased over time. A negligent bus driver poses a great risk to pedestrians, cyclists, and occupants of other vehicles when they act carelessly.
Bus accidents in Los Angeles have several common causes, including poor training, fatigued, drunk, or distracted drivers, irresponsible drivers surrounding the bus, poor maintenance, and road and weather conditions. Let’s dive into each of these below:
Public and private bus transportation providers are considered common carriers under California law.
Because bus transport is a paid service, bus drivers are held to a higher standard of care than individual motorists. Bus transportation providers are expected to provide:
Bus companies that fail to protect their passengers in this manner can be held liable for the damages to passengers caused by their negligence. Hiring a bus accident lawyer can help victims hold negligent transportation companies accountable.
Since 2018, California law requires that all new commercial buses be equipped with seatbelts. California Senate Bill 20 (passed in 2017) requires all passengers over the age of 8 on a commercial bus to wear a seatbelt. Failing to do so is punishable by a $20 ticket.
Additionally, California Vehicle Code Section 27316 specifies that all school buses purchased or leased after 2005 must be equipped with seat belts.
For all buses that have seatbelts, bus companies are required to keep the seatbelts in good working order, and bus drivers are required to tell passengers before each trip that they are required to use their seatbelts.
PARRIS Law Firm applauds these statutes, as wearing a seatbelt in any motor vehicle is crucial for minimizing the likelihood of injury or death in an accident.
Bus accident lawsuits can be very complex. This is because buses are often owned by large corporations, transportation authorities, or governments. In some cases, private parties rent buses for specific events, such as tourism or school trips.
When a bus driver or company causes an accident, a host of entities may be responsible for compensating victims for their injuries. These parties may include:
Because powerful corporations or governments often back bus drivers, there may be an experienced legal team on the other side working against you to limit your recovery.
This is precisely why it’s so important to have an equally experienced, relentless bus accident lawyer on your side to fight for the compensation you’re owed.
At PARRIS Law Firm, our Los Angeles bus accident lawyers regularly square off against powerful insurance companies and government agencies and secure exceptional results for our clients.
Tell us about your case, and we’ll fight for your full recovery.
California law permits victims with personal injuries to collect compensation from the at-fault party if they acted with negligence. A bus driver could be considered negligent if they fail to uphold their duty to passengers (i.e., the duty to drive safely), which causes physical injury to passengers.
If you’re injured in a bus accident lawsuit that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to financial compensation for claims related to:
When you hire PARRIS Law Firm, your legal team works tirelessly to ensure you receive the maximum recovery possible for your case.
California law requires that any lawsuit dealing with a bus or school bus accident be filed within a certain time period known as the statute of limitations.
For most bus accidents, the statute of limitations is two years after the date of the accident. However, if the bus is owned by a public entity (i.e., a school, local government, or transportation authority), the statute of limitations may be reduced to 6 months from the date of the accident.
You must contact PARRIS Law Firm as soon as possible after your accident. The sooner you speak to a bus accident lawyer, the quicker we can begin to work towards the recovery you deserve.
Contact PARRIS Law Firm today for a free consultation.
If you were involved in a bus accident in Los Angeles County, chances are that an insurance company representing the bus company or the at-fault driver has offered you an initial settlement.
We understand that it might be tempting to accept this offer. After all, it may seem easier to put the whole ordeal behind you. But oftentimes, this initial settlement offer is insufficient to cover all of your damages.
It’s important to remember that insurance companies have one priority in mind: settling cases for as little money as possible. They may not be working in your favor.
A bus accident lawyer, on the other hand, fights on your side. Your attorney will investigate your crash and ensure justice is served.
At PARRIS Law Firm, we’ve been fighting for victims of car accidents, bus accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, and more since 1985. We’ve seen insurance company tactics before, and we have the resources and expertise to fight these companies in court.
Our Los Angeles bus accident lawyers don’t stop until our clients see victory. And our results speak for themselves—we’ve won $1.9 billion for clients.
You shouldn’t have to worry about how you will recover your losses after a bus accident. Let us take the worry out of your hands to secure the outcome you are entitled to under the law.
Call the PARRIS Law Firm now to speak to our legal team today.