Being injured in a bus accident is a traumatic experience that can leave you feeling uncertain and overwhelmed. At Sam & Ash Injury Law, we want to answer your questions and provide the guidance you need. Our seasoned bus crash lawyers stand up for people injured in bus accidents.

We fight tenaciously for our client’s rights and strive to recover full compensation for their bus accident-related losses. Bus accident cases can be complex. With Sam & Ash Injury Law handling your case, you can be confident that you have experienced attorneys on your side.

Contact us to discuss your questions and learn how we can help. Our goal is to do What’s Right for you.

What To Do After a Bus Accident

The aftermath of a bus accident can be disorienting. Taking the right steps can protect your rights to pursue a claim. Here’s what you should do:

  • Seek prompt medical attention, even if you feel uninjured
  • Follow the doctor’s orders and attend all follow-up appointments
  • Take photos at the crash scene if you can do so safely
  • Identify and get contact information of potential witnesses
  • Keep a record of all accident-related expenses
  • Refrain from discussing the bus accident details publicly or on social media
  • Contact a trusted Newport Beach personal injury attorney for dependable advice
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Types of Bus Accidents We Handle

Sam & Ash Injury Law handles a broad range of injury cases, including cases that involve the following:

  • School bus accidents
  • Public transit bus accidents
  • Tour bus accidents
  • Charter bus accidents
  • Hotel shuttle bus accidents
  • Coach or long-distance bus accidents
  • Private minibus accidents
  • Party bus accidents
  • Trolley bus accidents
  • Double-decker bus accidents
  • Food truck accidents
  • Recreational vehicle (RV) accidents
  • Daycare transport bus accidents
  • Paratransit bus accidents
  • Articulated bus accidents
  • High-occupancy vehicle (HOV) bus accidents

Why Trust Sam & Ash Injury Law With Your Bus Accident Case?

Why choose Sam & Ash Injury Law? We don’t just work for you, but we work with you. Attorneys Sam Mirejovsky and Ash Watkins believe in treating clients like family, putting your needs first. This has guided us toward a client-centric approach.

Here, you’re not just another case number. Your story, your pain, and your recovery matter to us. We deliver personalized legal services tailored to your unique needs and provide continuous support every step of the way. With us, you can expect to be on a first-name basis with your attorney from day one. We believe open communication is crucial to our success.

Our track record reflects our commitment to doing What’s Right for you. With more than $400 million recovered to date for accident victims across California and Nevada, our commitment to our clients guides every decision we make.

Our fee is contingent upon us winning your case. You get quality legal representation with no out-of-pocket costs.

Trust the team that cares about your recovery. Call us now to explore your options and get answers to your questions.

Evidence Used To Strengthen Your Case

Evidence plays a critical role in every bus accident case. Solid, tangible proof can make all the difference in validating your claim and securing the compensation you deserve. At Sam & Ash Injury Law, we employ a meticulous approach to gathering and analyzing evidence. Here are some types of evidence we review in developing your bus accident claim:

  • Police report – The police accident report details the specifics of the bus accident. It identifies the parties involved and may indicate the investigating officer’s opinion regarding who was at fault.
  • Medical records – Hospital bills, doctor’s notes, prescriptions, and documentation from your treatment and recovery can establish the nature and extent of your injuries.
  • Witness statements – Witnesses can provide valuable insights into how an accident occurred. Their statements may corroborate your account of the bus accident and establish who is at fault.
  • Photographic evidence – Photos from the scene can depict the crash location, vehicle damage, visible injuries, and any environmental factors that might have contributed to the accident.
  • Bus company records – The records a bus company keeps can provide information about the bus driver’s driving history and the bus’s maintenance history, which may be relevant to your claim.
  • Surveillance footage – Cameras on the bus or in the surrounding area might have captured the accident and, if so, could provide evidence of what happened.
  • The bus’s data recorder – Many buses have electronic recording devices, similar to airplane “black boxes,” that record data about speed, brake usage, and other factors regarding the operation of the bus. The information can help investigators understand what was occurring during the crash.

Why Are Bus Accident Claims More Complicated?

Bus accident claims tend to be more complicated than other types of personal injury claims due to several factors:

  • Multiple parties – Bus accident cases typically involve numerous parties, including the bus driver, the bus company, passengers, pedestrians, other motorists, and even public transit agencies. Identifying all potentially liable parties is often a challenging process.
  • Complex liability issues – A bus driver may have caused a bus accident. But a bus company may have failed to maintain the bus properly and contributed to the accident. Another motorist may have been partly at fault. Determining who has financial liability can be complicated. Your attorney will likely need to conduct a thorough investigation to make an informed determination.
  • Costlier claims – Bus accidents often lead to significant injuries due to the size of the average bus and the number of passengers involved. As a result, the potential costs of a bus accident – medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more – can be substantial.
  • Regulatory compliance issues – Buses are subject to numerous local, state, and federal regulations. Compliance with these regulations could significantly impact a bus accident case.
  • Common carrier laws – Most buses are considered “common carriers” — entities that transport people or goods for a fee. Common carriers are subject to higher standards of care for the safety of their passengers, which adds another layer of complexity to bus accident claims.
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Causes of Bus Accidents

Identifying the cause of a bus accident is usually essential to determining who is liable and demanding fair compensation. The following contributing factors are common:

  • Distracted driving – If a bus driver is preoccupied with a cell phone, navigation system, or other distractions, the driver’s reactions could be slowed, increasing the risk of accidents.
  • Reckless driving – Aggressive behaviors such as tailgating, changing lanes without signaling, or running red lights could lead a bus driver to lose control or collide with another vehicle.
  • Mechanical defects – Faulty brakes, worn-out tires, or other mechanical issues could cause a bus driver to lose control, leading to an accident.
  • Poor road conditions – Potholes, lack of proper signage, or other hazardous road conditions could cause a bus crash.
  • Impaired driving due to alcohol or drugs – Impaired bus drivers have slowed reaction times and poor judgment, which could easily contribute to catastrophic bus accidents.
  • Insufficient driver training – Operating a bus safely requires training and experience. If a driver lacks experience, the driver might not recognize a hazardous situation and respond effectively to avoid an accident.
  • Fatigue or inattention – A driver who is tired or not entirely focused on the road is likelier to make mistakes or fail to react in time to prevent a crash.
  • Excessive speed – Speeding reduces a bus driver’s ability to steer safely around curves or objects in the roadway and increases the distance needed to stop the bus.

Common Injuries Suffered in Bus Accidents

Even relatively minor, low-speed bus accidents can cause a range of injuries that vary in severity. It’s essential to seek medical attention immediately after any bus accident to have a medical professional identify, document, and treat your bus accident injuries. The following types of injuries are common in bus collisions:

Who Can Be Held Responsible After a Bus Accident?

Depending on the circumstances, any of the following parties could be partially or fully responsible for a bus accident in Newport Beach:

  • The bus driver
  • The bus company or owner
  • A parts manufacturer
  • Other motorists involved in the bus accident
  • Government entities, if a public bus crashed
  • Third-party maintenance companies
  • School districts or private schools
  • Entities responsible for local road conditions
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Contact Our Newport Beach Bus Accident Lawyers

Don’t let a bus accident define your future. Contact Sam & Ash Injury Law today. Let our dedicated Newport Beach bus injury attorneys help you demand justice and fair compensation. Call us for a free, no-obligation consultation. Let us help you demand What’s Right.

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