Plane, Train, and Bus Accident Lawyer Irvine, Orange County
Although public transportation may sometimes be more efficient and convenient than driving, it carries its own set of risks. Many people prefer to travel by bus or train to traveling by car, especially when they are going long distances. In some cases, they do not drive or do not own a car; in others, they just find it more relaxing to leave the driving to others. Air travel, of course, even with its delays and security hassles, has the advantage of enabling individuals to travel very long distances in very short periods of time.
Although there are not nearly as many accidents involving buses, trains, and planes as there are involving automobiles, the number of people injured on larger vehicles tends to be much greater since these vessels carry many more passengers. In many cases, the injuries may be more severe and there may be a greater number of fatalities. If you have suffered a serious injury on one of these modes of transportation, or if you have lost a loved one to a fatality involving a bus, train, or airplane crash, you should consult with Advocate Law Firm to explore the possibility of being compensated for your injuries or your loss. Our attorneys handle personal injury cases involving buses throughout Southern California including Irvine, Orange County, Anaheim, Inland Empire, and San Diego.
Our attorneys are aware of all the regulations governing these forms of transportation and will clarify your options. They are also deeply compassionate. The chances that your behavior has been a factor in the accident on a bus, train or airplane are almost nil. Therefore, it is quite likely, except in sudden, severe nature-related events, that someone else has liability for the accident.
Bus Accident Causes
There are a number of reasons for accidents on buses, trains or planes. Apart from the terrorist attacks that now plague the world, and the wild turbulence of weather or random occurrences, such as a deer running across the road or an airplane bird strike, the following are possible causes of public transportation accidents:
- Broken or defective equipment
- Driver or pilot error or impairment
- Negligence of service station employees
- Structural or design defects
- Violations of regulations
It is even possible that government agencies, such as California Transit, or the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) may be at least partially responsible. Depending on the type of vehicle involved, liability may rest with the operator, the manufacturer, the maintenance workers, or even the government. In many cases, the judge or jury may determine that the accident was the result of “comparative fault,” meaning that there was more than one precipitating factor. It may be decided, for example, that a partially defective piece of equipment and an impaired driver must each assume part of the blame and compensation will be divvied up accordingly.
The job of a competent personal injury attorney is to research all aspects of the case so that this data can be presented to the judge or jury in a cogent manner. If Advocate Law finds that there is culpability for the crash, you (the injured party) may be able to receive substantial compensation, either through negotiations or through verdict in a court of law. Our attorneys are fully capable of determining what fair compensation for your injuries will be. We take into account:
- Medical, surgical and rehabilitative costs
- Lost wages during recovery
- Lost earning capability in the future
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Any resulting permanent disability
Helping Those Injured in Bus Accidents in Southern California
You should never discuss your case with the other party’s insurance company, an agency focused on minimizing company costs, nor should you sign any documents without speaking to your attorney. If you want the full attention of a dedicated, savvy personal injury attorney, call Advocate Law Firm where helping you to receive just compensation our first priority. At Advocate Law Firm, our attorneys handle personal injury cases involving bus accidents throughout Southern California including Irvine, Orange County, Anaheim, Inland Empire, and San Diego.