Public transportation is a daily reality for Angelinos. Every day, thousands take the subway, light rail, or bus systems to get where they need to go. Still, even though bus transportation may be convenient, accidents are not uncommon. A bus is a large, lumbering vehicle that could cause a variety of accidents. Whether it be as a passenger, pedestrian, or driver of another vehicle, if you have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you deserve to know your rights.
Without someone there to protect you, you could be facing many years of consequences. You could be faced with severe injury, loss of mobility, reduced working hours, or emotional trauma that cannot be quantified. If you or a loved one is in need of advice or a good advocate, the attorneys at Ehline Law Firm can assist.
The Shocking Statistics
In 2009, 23 people were killed and 1,140 injured on buses in California, including in Los Angeles and Culver City. In 2008, 39 people died in the state as the result of fatal bus accidents and 311 died in the other 49 states. The large size and weight of a bus can put those in and around a bus at risk.
The experienced members of the Ehline Law Firm PC have special experience dealing with bus accident lawsuits. Our lead attorney, Michael P. Ehline, Esq. has an impressive history of performance, instigation, bedside manner, and courtroom tactics to make sure that our partners are taken care of. Our cases won have included both private and public bus ventures from Fresno to Pasadena. We have also fought on behalf of clients in cases involving damaged or defective roads, government claims against entities like DASH bus, Big Blue Bus in Santa Monica, and the Mass Transit Authority, among others. We have even taken and won claims involving maritime and airline transport. We fight our hardest to make sure that you are taken care of– if you don’t win, then we don’t either. Click here for a record of our cases and successes.
We have great experience in taking the lead in multi-party and complex cases, such as those involving a charter church or school bus. Michael P. Ehline, Esq., is an inactive U.S. Marine and he has taken that spirit with him to the courtroom. He knows what it is like to be injured from his time in the military and has used his experience to resolve millions of dollars in insurance claims for motorists and other victims of transportation claims. We will help in all forms of injury claims– from aircraft to trains to boats or affiliated bus lines.
Building a reputation as one of the Los Angeles area’s leading injury attorneys is not easy. Michael Ehline has been named as a Super Lawyers Rising Star and is involved in bicycle safety and military veterans organizations like the Marine Corps Association. He regularly speaks at the Circle of Legal Trust. His Google+ was voted the best video by Anthony Castelli. He is a strong presence in the Los Angeles personal injury attorney scene.
A common carrier at common law was typically an operator of stage coaches, and stage wagons. It is defined as:
“One who undertakes for hire or reward to transport the goods of any who may choose to employ him, from place to place.”
They are in a special position of trust, beyond that of an ordinary person. They owe you a heightened duty of care. This means your case can be actionable regardless of whether it is a public or private entity that caused your harm. Meeting a scheduled routes should be done in a safe manner. When not, something needs to be done.
NHTSA statistics show that other vehicles are most likely to collide with the bus is right side, suggesting problems with visibility during lane changes. Greyhound and other bus lines, deliver many people and goods daily around the country. They are typically long trips that involve both intrastate and interstate transportation. Records from Greyhound indicate that from October 3, 1997 and October 3, 2001 there were a reported 42 incidents where an occupant attacked or assaulted a driver, the wheel of the vehicle, or even tried to push on the the brake. These are examples of a foreseeable event, that service operators should be well aware of and take precautions to prevent. There are no seatbelts installed in most cases. Interestingly enough, there is no statute or code requiring buses or limousines of a certain size to be equipped with restraint devices, or for riders to wear them at all, for that matter. A bus company could be found negligent for failing to install them on its own. (Greyhound Lines, Inc. v. Super.Ct. (Chisefski) (1970) 3 Cal.App.3d 356, 359-360.)
Bus mishaps are different on many levels from an ordinary passenger car accident. It can happen in an instant. Passengers are allowed to roam about and socialize, can get up and stretch their legs, or use the restroom on larger buses. Unsecured occupants and items can easily be flung about. In a collision, people can be struck in the head and torso by heavy bags of luggage, and get cut and scraped by sharp objects and uprooted seats with weak, or sheared off anchor bolts. Sometimes alcohol is involved and some parents let their kids run around with zero supervision.
NHTSA statistics suggest that large buses have poor right side visibility. In many cases, vehicles weigh well over 10,000 pounds. School buses may have a nervous driver, which can further add to the situation. A driver may not be looking in the blind spots for that car that failed to stop for the flashing red lights. All the above coupled with a vehicle brake defect, for example, can easily result in a terrible roadside scene.
In one tragic case, our firm was involved in a case where Vegas gaming halls subsidized California commercial bus companies to cheaply ship gamblers to the casinos. It was alleged that these corporate defendants lacked acceptable standard safety measures, and ultimately led to a tragic event while en route back to California.
The government has taken active intervention in the prevention of bus collisions. There was a major study completed in 2009 by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. (Read More.) The findings of this study was presented to Congress on bus crash causation, providing statistics, including:
- Most bus crashes occur in a metropolitan area.
- Approximately 1,000 people are injured annually in inter-city and cross-country incidents.
- In inter-city and cross-country mishaps, approximately 50 people are fatally injured annually.
- During 2005-2006 buses involved in 5.6 percent of the nations fatalities.
One thing is certain: more people get injured each year in commercial vehicle accidents. This has been on the rise for the last 20-30 years. There are more and more buses and commercial vehicles on the road than ever before. Approximately 12,000 people suffer serious injuries, and 330 others are lost each year in bus accidents.†Statistics show that there are approximately 9,000 bus accidents in the United States every year. Interestingly, the Center for National Truck and Bus Safety Statistics claims the most common types of mishaps are those between people on foot, and other motor vehicles like passenger cars. In fact, 25% involve pedestrians such as a jogger or someone walking a dog. Over 60% of deaths from a bus are between another vehicle.
Differences Between Bus and Car Accident
These Could Include::
- Lack of Security or Supervision
- Poor Visibility
- Onboard Fires
- Poor Maintenance
- Bad Roads
- Driver Error
- Poor Driving for Weather Conditions
- Lack Of Safety Meetings and Training
- Pedestrians Entering the Bus Lane
- Passenger Vehicles Veering in the Bus Lane
- Brake Failure
Compensation can be sought for many effects of such an accident. These include past, present and future lost wages, emotional pain and suffering, loss of earning capacity, wage and hour claims, scarring, disfigurement, nursing home care, plastique surgery and all the other exorbitant lifetime medical bills. Claims can be made for the less serious whiplash case, all the way to the very grave tetraplegia, or decapitation. You can even seek punitive damages in some more blatant cases of recklessness and willful neglect.
Los Angeles DASH & Metro Accidents
If you or a loved one sustained an injury on a Metro, MTA or DASH Bus while visiting or navigating LA you should know your rights. You are not alone. Ehline Law Firm PC has helped hundreds of people with allegations of injuries on publicly operated bus lines in Greater Los Angeles since 2005. We have recovered millions of dollars for these unheard†victims for these types of negligent injury claims and won big. It makes sense too, after all, in addition to personal automobiles and the metro rail system, many nearby residents ride the Metro Local Bus to get from place to place.
About the Los Angeles PublicTransportation System
These are buses that run all day during business hours, approximately every 6 minutes . LA also has Commuter Express and City Ride Programs designed to get people and their bikes around town quickly in this densely packed and populous area. Sadly, these bus lines and their human administrations are imperfect, which leads to errors that could cause injuries. Many bus accidents and personal injuries have been caused by the Metro Bus and LADOT systems. Multitudes of these tragic accidents were avoidable, and sometimes†several injuries simultaneously, such as whiplash, head injuries, and other personal harm. These can even lead to extreme cases of coma, wrongful death or paralyzation.
The Ehline Law Firm makes sure that those victimized by an bus or public transportation accident is taken care of and fought for. This is especially the case if there is a denial of services due to racial, gender or other discrimination. If you were hurt inside, or hit while outside by one of these steel behemoths, you are the type of individual our firm helps.
There are unfortunately many examples, such as the following:
June 1, 2003, a 20-year-old woman pushing her bicycle died Saturday when she stepped off a curb and into the path of an MTA bus, police said.The bus was heading east on Adams Boulevard and making a right turn onto Figueroa Street about 4:40 p.m. when the unidentified woman was struck, said Jose Ubaldo, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. MTA bus kills man. May 27, 2007. A fatal accident in the heart of downtown has caused some traffic troubles: A man was struck and killed today by a Metro bus in downtown Los Angeles, authorities said. Paramedics sent to the 500 block of South Spring Street at 11:49 a.m. pronounced the man dead at the scene, said di’Lisa Davies of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The circumstances of the death were under investigation. June 7, 2007, A Metro bus and two other vehicles collided Thursday in the South Robertson area of Los Angeles, leaving two people with injuries, authorities said. Regardless of if you are young or old, ride Metro Dash or Metro Local buses, you may be at risk for serious personal injuries. Metro Bus or DASH may be held responsible for your personal injuries and exorbitant medical expenses, and may even be required to pay for your pain and suffering, or lost wages.
This means one of these passengers or bystanders could be hit by a calamity at the bus stop or while riding on the bus itself on any given day. Our law firm stands by your side when you are facing this difficult time, even if you are†broken and feel helpless. Call us now. If we cannot take your call instantly, our promise is to call you or e mail you back promptly. Speak with one of our proven advocates before speaking to any potential adversaries
IIf you or someone you know has been involved in a private, Metro or DASH Bus mishap, we are more than willing to preserve the shortened claim filing statute, and take on public bus entities and government claims, and fight against an entrenched system meant to keep victims from receiving just compensation. Government agencies and bus entities are not always immune from††from damages claims. Call and speak with the best in bus accident attorneys in the greater Los Angeles area, for no-pressure†consultation with a proven fighter to evaluate and execute your public and private lawsuits. We can examine your potential basis for recovery right now at (213) 596-9642.