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  • Causes: Driver negligence, poor vehicle maintenance, and unsafe road conditions are predominant factors in bus accidents in California, necessitating rigorous safety protocols and training​​​​​​.
  • Liability: Identifying liable parties in bus accidents involves navigating a complex landscape of local and federal regulations, where multiple entities, from bus drivers to transit authorities, can be held accountable​​​​​​.
  • Compensation: Victims of bus accidents are entitled to claim for a wide range of damages, including medical costs, lost wages, and non-economic damages like pain and suffering, requiring skilled legal representation to maximize​​​​​​.
  • Focused Experience: Callahan & Blaine is renowned for its ability to take on complex bus accident cases against municipalities, leveraging their extensive legal experience to secure justice and compensation for victims.
  • To schedule an initial consultation with one of our experienced trial attorneys, contact us at (714) 241-4444 or fill out a contact form.

Navigating the aftermath of a bus accident in San Diego can be overwhelming, not just due to the physical injuries sustained but also because of the complex legal considerations involved. The intricate network of state and federal regulations governing public transportation and the multitude of potential liable parties can make filing a claim an intimidating process. Whether the accident was caused by bus driver negligence, faulty equipment, or inadequate safety measures, victims have the legal right to pursue compensation for economic and non-economic damages. These range from medical expenses and lost wages to pain and suffering and diminished quality of life.

Unlike many other law firms, Callahan & Blaine has the ability to take on municipalities and win. If you have been involved in a bus accident, you need a law firm that can fight city, county, and state governments. Bus accidents often involve multiple liable parties, including municipal agencies such as the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) or the Los Angeles Metro bus system. We fight tirelessly on behalf of our clients, leveraging our extensive experience and resources to secure the justice and compensation you deserve.

Causes of Bus Accidents in Orange County 

Bus accidents in Orange County, California, can occur for a myriad of reasons, often combining multiple factors that complicate liability and seeking compensation for injuries. The following is an overview of common causes of bus accidents in Orange County:  

  • Driver Negligence: This is a leading cause of bus accidents and encompasses behaviors like distracted driving (e.g., using a mobile phone), fatigued driving, operating a bus under the influence, and general carelessness or failure to follow traffic laws​​​​.
  • Poor Vehicle Maintenance: Buses that are not properly maintained can experience critical mechanical failures, such as brake failures or tire blowouts, leading to accidents. Regular inspections and maintenance are crucial but sometimes neglected​​​​.
  • Unsafe Road Conditions: Hazardous road conditions, including poorly designed intersections, inadequate road maintenance, and dangerous conditions due to weather, can significantly increase the risk of bus accidents. These conditions can challenge even experienced drivers and well-maintained buses​​​​.
  • Reckless Driving: Speeding reduces a bus driver’s ability to steer safely around turns or objects on the road, increases the distance necessary to stop, and increases the distance a bus travels while the driver reacts to a dangerous situation. Reckless driving behaviors by either the bus driver or other road users can lead to serious accidents.​​​​
  • Inexperienced Bus Drivers: Operating a large bus requires specialized skills and training. Inexperienced bus drivers may not be adequately prepared to handle the complexities of navigating large vehicles, especially in challenging road or weather conditions​​.
  • Failure to Yield the Right-Of-Way: Buses need to adhere to right-of-way laws, especially at intersections, pedestrian crossings, and when merging. Failure to do so results in collisions with other vehicles, bicyclists, or pedestrians​​.
  • Overcrowding: Overloading a bus beyond its capacity can not only make it difficult for drivers to control the vehicle but also increase the likelihood of harm to passengers in the event of a collision due to inadequate safety measures like seat belts​​​​.

Addressing these causes requires a concerted effort from bus companies, drivers, regulatory bodies, and local governments to enforce safety standards and provide ongoing training and infrastructure improvements. If a bus driver, company, or other negligent party caused you to suffer injuries in a bus accident, the lawyers at Callahan & Blaine will offer guidance and support through the complex legal process, ensuring your legal rights are protected. 

How the Bus Accident Lawyers at Callahan & Blaine Can Help Your Claim 

Given the severity of injuries often associated with bus accidents – ranging from whiplash and soft tissue damage to catastrophic injuries such as damage to the spinal cord and severe burns – having skilled legal counsel is essential. At Callahan & Blaine, we use our extensive resources, experience, and local connections to increase your chances of success in obtaining present and future damages in a bus accident claim. 

We handle the following aspects of your case while you focus on recovery: 

  • Case Evaluation: We thoroughly evaluate your case, considering all aspects of the accident, as well as gather necessary evidence, consult with experts, and build a strong case to support your claim​​​​​​​​.
  • Determining Liability: Bus accidents involve numerous parties, which can complicate liability. We are experienced at investigating the accident to accurately determine all liable parties, whether it is the bus driver, bus company, maintenance providers, or even parts manufacturers​​​​​​.
  • Navigating Complex Regulations: Bus companies operate under a complex web of federal and state regulations. With our focused knowledge of bus accident claims, we understand these regulations and can leverage them to your advantage​​​​​​.
  • Maximizing Compensation: We work diligently to ensure you are compensated fairly for all damages, including medical expenses, lost income, and non-economic damages. We understand how to quantify these losses to negotiate the best possible settlement​​​​​​.
  • Dealing With Insurance Companies: Insurance companies often seek to minimize payouts. We know the tactics insurers use and can negotiate effectively to prevent lowball offers, ensuring you receive a fair settlement​​​​​​.
  • Litigation Support: If a settlement cannot be reached through negotiations, we will take your case to court. We will represent you throughout the legal process, advocating on your behalf for the best possible outcome​​​​​​.

At Callahan & Blaine, we provide not just professional representation but also peace of mind during a difficult time, allowing you to concentrate on your recovery while we handle the complexities of your claim.

Contact Us to Speak With an Orange County Bus Accident Lawyer Today

If you have been involved in a bus accident in Orange County, California, the path to recovery – both physically and financially – can seem fraught with obstacles. However, you do not have to navigate this challenging journey alone. The lawyers at Callahan & Blaine can be your advocates, fighting tirelessly to ensure you recover compensation for your physical injuries and losses. 

Callahan & Blaine has represented individuals injured in bus accidents in Orange County and surrounding areas, recovering a $7.25 million settlement from OCTA for a man who was run over by a bus. Whether you are injured as a pedestrian, in a car, or on a bicycle or motorcycle, getting adequate compensation from the bus company or transit authority will not be possible without a lawyer’s representation. To schedule an initial consultation with one of our experienced trial attorneys, contact us at (714) 241-4444 or fill out a contact form.