California Bus Accident Lawyer
With over 30 years of experience representing the victims of bus accidents, the Vititoe Law Group team understands that serious accidents can be traumatic and both physically and emotionally challenging. We also know that navigating the legal process to obtain compensation can be frustrating without the right help.
We are here to help.
Jim Vititoe and his team have successfully handled numerous bus and motor vehicle accident cases throughout the United States. Experience matters. The Vititoe Law Group team knows how to look at each aspect of potential negligence to make sure that the appropriate potential defendants are being held responsible.
Why Do I Need A Bus Accident Lawyer?
Bus accident lawsuits can be complex in that they cover a wide range of statutes, codes and procedures. This is why it is important that you speak with an experienced bus accident lawyer in order to protect you and your loved ones.
Insurance companies are not on your side, and it is important that your bus accident case is approached in a calculated, systematic manner, by an attorney who has successfully handled bus accident lawsuits.
Our bus accident lawyers will walk you through the entire process of filing a bus accident-related personal injury claim. We conduct a thorough investigation of your accident; if necessary, we will work with experienced professionals who can help us build a comprehensive picture of the events that led to your injuries. We also work with experienced medical professionals who can get you a full and complete diagnosis of your injuries, which will help you understand how the accident will affect you in the future.
Our attorneys draw upon decades of experience to evaluate your case and assess the losses you have suffered. We hand-pick a team of legal professionals who have worked on cases similar to yours, ensuring that you have the best possible representation on your side. In some situations, we may also work with attorneys from other firms to draw upon an even wider pool of experience.
Common Types Of Bus Accidents
A bus is defined as a commercial vehicle that is carrying more than 10 passengers. This definition covers a wide range of vehicles, including school busses, tour busses, limousines, party buses and public transportation vehicles.
There are many different circumstances that can lead to a bus accident. These include, but are not limited to:
- Bus driver negligence: Distracted driving, drowsy driving and a failure to obey traffic laws can all contribute to a serious accident.
- Bus hasn’t undergone proper maintenance: Bus companies have a responsibility to keep their vehicles well-maintained.
- Bus has old equipment/outdated equipment: In addition to maintaining their vehicles, bus companies must also replace outdated or dangerous equipment.
- Bus driver wasn’t properly trained: Driver training is a key part of ensuring safe driving.
- Brake failure: Poorly maintained brakes can lead to serious bus accidents.
- Bad weather conditions: Poor weather conditions can contribute to accidents, though bus drivers are expected to compensate for the danger.
Our firm has a strong record of success in bus accident cases. To learn more about the favorable verdicts and settlements we have achieved on behalf of our clients, visit our past settlements page.
Bus Accident Frequently Asked Questions
What Should I Do If I’m Involved In A Bus Accident?
If you or a loved one has been in a bus accident, we recommend you take the following steps:
- Take care of your health
- Gather all the information you can about the accident
- Consult with a bus accident attorney
- Obtain a copy of the police report
Should you have any questions about any of the above recommendations, do not hesitate to contact us. We can walk you through how to best approach each of the above steps.
How Long Do I Have To File A Bus Accident-Related Claim?
This can be a tricky situation. A determination of potential defendants is critical to make sure that all statutes are protected.
What Is My Bus Accident Injury Claim Worth?
Vititoe Law Group cannot guarantee the success of any potential claim. That being said, we work diligently for all of our clients. Your personal injury claim resulting from an accident may depend on a large number of factors including, but not limited to:
- Liability of defendant(s)
- Extent of any potential injury
- Causation of potential injuries
- Past medical care received
- Future anticipated medical care
- Wage loss
- Pain and suffering
It is important to consult with an experienced bus accident lawyer in order to assess what damages you may be entitled to.
Who Can File A Bus Accident Injury Claim?
Personal injury claims in the case of a bus accident can be usually filed against both public and private companies and can potentially be filed by each of the following parties:
- Bus drivers/operators (possible workers’ compensation issues)
- Operator or passenger of a separate motor vehicle
Where Can I Find Out More About Bus Accidents?
- Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
- Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts 2011
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
- National Transportation Statistics
Contact Our Bus Accident Lawyers To Schedule Your Free Consultation
If you have been injured in a bus accident, our attorneys will help you pursue the compensation to which you are entitled. Call 818-991-8900 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation at our Westlake Village Los Angeles or Oxnard office locations. We offer home and hospital visits within the state of California, and we also offer teleconferencing options for our clients who reside out of state. We collect no fees unless we recover compensation on your behalf.
What You Should Know About Bus Accidents
In bus accidents, there are many factors that must be considered. While you might suffer injuries, be limited in your ability to earn income, or be left in a condition that makes you unable to work, the law states you have a limited amount of time to pursue a claim. This is one of the reasons that it is very important that you speak with an experienced, qualified attorney about your case as soon as possible. Though all bus accident cases are different, they all share one thing in common–the insurance company and bus operator are not on your side and typically do not care about your best interest.
After suffering injuries from a bus accident, it isn’t uncommon for victims to experience a reduction or complete loss of income, and, what’s worse, pain. Such situations take a heavy toll, emotionally, financially, and physically. Depending on your case, you’ll have a limited amount of time to file a legal claim to get the justice you deserve. This is why you should not hesitate and should seek not only medical attention if you were injured, but also get experienced legal counseling. You need to know about and understand your legal rights as soon as possible. Remember, time is not on your side.