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March 02, 2021

Who’s at Fault in a Bus Accident?

When you’re hurt in a bus accident, you may need compensation to recover from your injuries. Any vehicle accident can lead to severe injuries. But you may be unsure who the at-fault party is in a bus accident.

If you’re struggling to identify the at-fault party, you may need a lawyer at Kohan & Bablove LLP to help. Our attorneys have the tools to dig deep on your claim and seek compensation from the right party the first time.

Liability for a Bus Driver’s Actions

Even bus drivers may be careless on the road. They may have been checking their phone, driving drowsy, or even driving drunk. Any of these situations, among others, can lead up to a dangerous or even deadly crash.

But the bus driver may not be financially liable for the accident. In California, fault for an employee’s actions typically falls on the employer. Employers are responsible for who they hire, so if the bus driver injured you in the scope of their job, the bus company may be responsible for your injuries.

In some cases, the bus driver may not have caused the accident. Another driver may have been careless, leaving you seriously injured. Because California is a fault state, you may need to talk with your lawyer about proving which driver was at fault so you can contact the right insurance company for your settlement.

Single-Vehicle Accidents

In other cases, the driver may have been careful, but they still lost control of the bus. In these cases, your bus accident lawyer may take a look at mechanical failures or road hazards that may have led to the crash.

Buses require regular maintenance and repairs, and those parts and repairs should be given attention and care. If the manufacturer was careless or if the repair person made a mistake that ultimately caused the accident, they may be responsible for the bus accident.

Dangerous roads can be just as important a factor in a single-vehicle accident. For example, the bus may have hit a deep pothole that damaged the vehicle. In these cases, you may need to seek compensation from the department of transportation that is responsible for the upkeep of local roads.

Talk to a Lawyer After a Bus Accident

A bus accident can leave you struggling with serious injuries and mental trauma that won’t go away without help. You need compensation, but the at-fault party may not be easy to determine.

Luckily, the lawyers at Kohan & Bablove LLP are here to help. If you’ve been hurt in a bus accident, reach out for a free consultation, where we can discuss the details of your accident. Call 1-844-404-2400 or complete the online contact form below to learn more about our services.