Bus Accident Lawyer in San Jose

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Traffic accidents can result in catastrophic injuries for those involved. When a crash involves a bus, however, more than one or two people are injured. Some bus crashes result in serious injury for 10 or more people. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, approximately 24,000 people were injured in bus accidents in a single year. In California alone, it was estimated that 39 people died in bus accidents. If you were injured in a bus accident, or you lost a loved one in a fatal accident, you could be entitled to compensation.

Since 1966, the team at Shea & Shea has been standing up for the rights of the injured. We are members of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum® and are dedicated to securing the maximum amount of compensation for what our clients have been through. We were honored to be AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, and Attorney Shea has been certified as a specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Don’t wait to find out how our firm can assist you with your case.

Shea & Shea has handled large bus crash cases. In the past, we were involved in a Greyhound bus accident case involving 10 fatalities and many severely injured people (see above).

Who is Liable for a Bus Accident?

Bus accidents can be more serious because of the large number of people who are on board these vehicles. From charter buses to private buses to public transportation, buses are a part of day-to-day life in San Jose. So what are the causes of these types of accidents? One cause of bus accidents that is all too common is bus driver fatigue. Bus drivers are behind the wheel for hours every day and can become used to the route they travel. A study done by the Center for Disease Control & Prevention stated that many bus drivers have admitted to falling asleep at the wheel.

If a bus driver is driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, it becomes an even more serious situation. Bus drivers carry a commercial driver's license in order to be qualified to drive passengers. The rules regarding DUI for commercial driver's license holders are stricter because so much more is at stake. For normal cases, the blood alcohol content for drivers cannot be at 0.08% or higher. For commercial driver's license holders, the limit is at 0.04%. If they are found to violate this law, they could have their license revoked, and thus their ability to perform their job.

Another consideration is the guidelines which have been put in place by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. There are rules in place to determine how many hours an individual is allowed to drive before taking a break. They have to keep track of these hours to ensure they do not become fatigued. A violation of these federal regulations could result in a personal injury lawsuit being filed against the bus driver or their employer.

Injuries Resulting from Bus Accidents

Most buses do not come equipped with seat belts, and victims of bus accidents often suffer from catastrophic injuries. These can range from burn injuries to spinal cord injuries to brain damage. Burn injuries are one of the most painful types of injuries you could suffer. They range from superficial burns (first degree burns) to full thickness burns (third degree burns) and can lead to serious complications. The skin is the body's first line of defense against infection and when this defense is compromised, the individual could be exposed to a number of different diseases.

Another possible injury that could occur is a spinal cord injury. The force of the accident could cause bones and tissue to become damaged. There are two main types of spinal cord injuries: complete and incomplete. A complete spinal cord injury means that the person has lost all ability to move and feel. An incomplete spinal cord injury means that they have a reduced ability to move and feel. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is caused when by an outside force to the head. The extent of a brain injury will vary, but could affect the physical, emotional, and cognitive part of the brain.

Victims could have to take time off of work in order to recover as well as pay thousands of dollars for medical care. If the accident was not their fault, they should have to pay for the consequences of the accident.

Consult a San Jose Bus Accident Attorney Today

Act quickly in order to build a strong case for compensation. Our San Jose personal injury lawyers will move quickly to investigate your case, gather evidence, and fight relentlessly for a settlement or trial verdict that covers the full amount of your damages. We focus heavily on catastrophic injury cases involving brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, burn injuries, and more.

Contact our San Jose personal injury attorneys now at (408) 883-3863 to request your free case evaluation!

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