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Did You Suffer a Los Angeles Bus Accident and Need Advice?

Understanding bus accidents from a legal perspective means knowing a little bit about personal injury law. Here a PI lawyer talks about it all. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration:

Although the number of large trucks and buses in fatal crashes has increased by 26 percent from its low of 3,432 in 2009, the 2015 number is still 18 percent lower than the 21st-century peak of 5,231 in 2005. (Source).

In any event, getting run over by a bus or hurt as a passenger on a bus remains one of the most devastating ways to become injured. Recently, in Redondo Beach, a little girl was run over and killed on Pacific Coast Highway, when the rear view mirror of and Metro Bus almost tore a little girl to piece when it struck her head. These little girls were riding bicycles, thinking they were safe. But surveillance footage from the nearby Creative Indulgence building indicates the riders were not safe.

So what exactly is a bus?

A bus (/ˈbʌs/; plural “buses”, /ˈbʌsᵻz/, archaically also omnibus, multibus, motorbus, or autobus) is a road vehicle designed to carry many passengers. Buses can have a capacity as high as 300 passengers. The most common type of bus is the single-decker rigid bus, with larger loads carried by double-decker and articulated buses, and smaller loads carried by midibuses and minibuses; coaches are used for longer-distance services. Many types of buses, such as city transit buses and inter-city coaches, charge a fare. Other types, such as elementary or secondary school buses or shuttle buses within a post-secondary education campus do not charge a fare. In many jurisdictions, bus drivers require a special license above and beyond a regular driver’s license. Buses may be used for scheduled bus transport, scheduled coach transport, school transport, private hire, or tourism; promotional buses may be used for political campaigns and others are privately operated for a wide range of purposes, including rock and pop band tour vehicles.

Irrespective of its use, sometimes a driver may turn the wheels to the curb and sideswipe people. Others, they operator mail fail to set the brake. Other times people get hurt from a failure in the design, construction, and workmanship of the public transport vehicle itself.

Buses can also involve road trips, like Casino Tours. These are like tourism gambling excursions for retired folks. So they are not all public city or county run bus lines. School buses have been in the news a lot too. In most states, seat-belts are not required for children either.

For example, Greyhound coaches and other small charter bus companies all serve specific tasks. They are private, however. So injured passengers and survivors of bus wrecks must understand the nuances of the government entities and closely held companies they are pursuing. (Source).

Hence, if you need legal advice over an injury by a bus caused from negligence, a bus accident attorney will help you understand your rights.

Other Sources:

“Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts 2015 – PDF.” Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. April 05, 2017. Accessed May 09, 2017.

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But I Don’t Want to Go on the School Bus!

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Yes, the “I don’t want to get on” excuse. It’s as old as school buses themselves. Your young student just started their time in school and now it’s time to see them off on the old yellow bus. Sometimes it’s not that easy, depending on their personality. These are all factors to remember as you’re convincing your little one to get on the bus and be safe. Consider all of these as they get used to the idea of taking the school bus to learn each and every day. You and they will each be happy that you did.

With this and more info is the Ehline Law Firm Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC out of Southern California. They’re nationally recognized fighters for safer roads and crash liability. Their lead attorney, Michael Ehline, is a lobbyist for safer travel. Read this column for more info and safety ideas.

How to Make that First Month Easier

Sometimes the first month on a school bus can be a dream or a nightmare. Sometimes the student’s reaction to the bus is different than their personality. Ever see the most outgoing kid hide behind their parents rather than head on the bus? It happens. To minimize the chances of any issues, there several things you can do ahead of time.

Make sure that your child is well informed about the coming bus. Sometimes it’s a last minute thought, with all of the other routines in life. Make sure they know how to board, who will be aboard, and where they are going. Each one will answer a question in their mind.

Have a plan in case they don’t want to board. The plan can be different for each child, but might include a way to have them talk to the bus driver before the first day of school.

Keep a routine. Make sure that you are consistent. It will make the process smoother and be a way for your child to truly appreciate the experience of being on the bus and heading to school.

Texas Bus Crash Kills 13

How Did the Valdez County Crash Occur?

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Tragedy struck a rural area of Texas not far from San Antonio. A pickup truck crashed head-on into a passenger bus in northern Valdez County. So far thirteen people died in this terrible accident.

The driver of the pickup survived the wreck. However, the passengers on the 2004 Turtle Top bus were not as fortunate. Only one person aboard that vehicle survived. The passengers were members of the First Baptist Church of New Braunfels Texas on a senior outing trip.

ABC News reported on the disaster.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration sent agents to the scene. As the site unfolds, more and more bad news comes out. Governor Greg Abbott extended their “deepest condolences to the victims and the families of those involved in today’s tragic event.” He also thanked the first responders treating the accident victims.

Unfortunately Not Unique

Such an incident is not the first bus crash in recent times. Because of loopholes, buses remain harmful for riders and other drivers. In most cases, bus companies hire the right drivers. However, in some cases, companies hire drivers without a CDL or the right experience. In other cases, companies do not repair their vehicles as required by law. Furthermore, in others, the corporations or public agencies will flout regulations. All of these issues result in severe tragedies like the one we see in Texas.

In California, the NBC Bay Area station reported on a similar situation. In this case, Caltrans did not use the proper highway markings along Highway 101, according to the NHTSA. This crash killed two people and hurt 13 others in 2016. The driver was largely un-blamed. Additionally, only two of the 21 passengers wore seatbelts.

Keep your attention here for more info. Also, the Ehline Law Firm Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC will cover the unfolding situation and other similar cases.

Fifty Injured in Overturned Tour Bus 210 Freeway Crash

In my many years as a serious injury lawyer, bus rollovers and collisions always seem to have the worst injuries. During a bus crash, the occupants were tossed like rag dolls. Most of the time people end up with friction burns, head injuries and much much worse, dead.

Today I awoke to phone calls from people asking me about the Irwindale bus crash. Fifty people were injured in a tour bus crash on the 210 Freeway. In any event, the wreck was near Irwindale in the eastbound lanes. That is when the bus overturned.

The accident occurred in the vicinity of the Miller Coors Brewery in Irwindale. The collision took place in the eastbound lanes of the 210 Freeway near the 605 Freeway. Also, it was reported at approximately 10:00 a.m. I flipped on the news and saw it myself.

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Irwindale Bus Crash

According to authorities, the bus was on the side of the freeway. Also, it was lying on its side with the front windshield broken out. Officials said that at least 50 people were injured. But here, none of the injuries were critical. Also, a triage was set up at the scene.

Authorities closed all the lanes of the 210 Freeway so that emergency helicopters could land to transport injured passengers. Maybe the injuries were not “critical.” But I seriously doubt there were seatbelts on that bus. So just imagine the luggage and other objects like people, flying around inside that bus. Think about it!

The Helicopter Evacuation.

California Highway Patrol officials said four injured people were transported by helicopter to County-USC Medical Center. Also, ambulances transported three to Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena. In fact, another seven people went to Foothill Presbyterian Hospital in Glendora. But these folks were only moderately injured. So my question is, if the injuries were not critical, what is with the medevac by helo?

What is No One Saying How Severe The Injuries Are?

Naturally, the specific injuries and conditions remain unknown. Fire department rescuers first reports were that the injuries included minor cuts and bruises. The tour bus was reportedly operated by Da Zhen Travel Agency, with the Da Zhen Travel Agency office in Monterey Park. I doubt that all these injuries are minor.

My guess is that there will not even be enough insurance to pay for all the injuries. The word is that the passengers are a bunch of Chinese tourists. So suing is going to be hard, as it will be for those tourists in the recent San Francisco airport crash.

The Freeway Backup.

The CHP said the 210 Freeway was backed up for miles. But the westbound lanes were reopened at approximately 11:00 a.m. Sadly, the eastbound lanes remained closed.

The carpool lane was opened intermittently for traffic. That lasted until investigators finished at the scene and the bus had been removed.

I will be closely monitoring the case. Of course, I will do a follow up on the severity of the injuries. Afterward, we’ll talk about the ultimate legal liability of defendants. Then we’ll discuss payment for damages of the disabled passengers.

What are Some Tips for the Passengers?

Ways this crash can benefit you is that you can be aware of what to do if it happens to you. First, take pictures of your injuries. Also, get the names, addresses and phone numbers of any witnesses. In fact, make sure and collect all bills, including ambulance bills. Most of all, DO NOT speak to anyone about your case other than an attorney.

Only discuss your injuries with your doctor, not who you think is at fault. This is a job for a lawyer trained in dealing with insurance adjusters. Also, this is an expert at arguing legal liability in court. In any event, if you have more questions, call (213) 596-9642.


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