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In case of an automobile accident, there are safety features such as seat belts and airbags to protect passengers. However, for most bus passengers, there are no such safety features. That means bus accident injuries are potentially worse because the sheer size of the bus is always a factor. A serious injury can result in long-term or permanent impairment, possible job loss and no way to pay your medical and living expenses.

Depending on the type of bus involved in the accident, the law for filing a personal injury lawsuit may differ, and that is why time is of the essence when it comes to retaining legal counsel to protect your rights.

The Chatsworth bus accident lawyers at Ellis Injury Law can help you receive the maximum compensation for your injuries. Our personal injury lawyers have recovered over $350 million for clients in verdicts and settlements. While most cases are settled, we do not hesitate to go to trial when necessary.

Bus accident causes

While the reasons for bus accidents vary, frequent causes include:

  • Driver error or fatigue
  • Driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Inadequate driver training
  • Poor bus maintenance
  • Overcrowding or overloading

Accidents may not result from issues with the driver or bus but may occur because another vehicle hits the bus. Buses are also more vulnerable to rollovers than standard-sized vehicles.

Bus accident injuries

Bus accident injuries run the gamut, but the most common type of such injuries includes:

  • Broken bones
  • Head trauma
  • Internal organ damage
  • Lacerations
  • Loss of limbs
  • Spinal cord injury

After a bus accident, seek medical attention immediately, even if you do not think you were seriously injured. Failure to seek prompt medical care may mean the insurance company will allege your injuries are not that serious, or even that they were not caused by the bus accident.

Statute of limitations

In California, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit is generally two years from the date of the accident. However, if the bus in question is operated by a government agency, including a public school district or the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the statute of limitations is considerably shorter. A claim requires filing with the specific agency within six months of the incident. This also holds true when you are the driver of a vehicle hit by a bus.

After the filing of the claim, the government agency will either accept it or reject it. If the latter, a personal injury lawsuit may go forward. This is just one reason it is imperative to contact a bus accident lawyer as soon as possible.

Contact a Chatsworth bus accident attorney

If you or a loved one were injured in a bus accident, you need the services of an experienced personal injury attorney at Ellis Injury Law. Call us 24/7 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. There is no fee unless we win. Ellis Law is on your side.

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