Granada Hills Bus Accident Lawyers
A century ago, Granada Hills was an agricultural hub for apricots, beans, oranges, and walnuts under the name “Sunshine Ranch.” You can still see citrus groves in a drive through the area, but Granada Hills is a bustling San Fernando Valley suburb that relies on public transportation for an easy commute. In addition to the city buses, more than 4,500 students receive transportation to Granada Hills Charter School alone. When you are seriously injured in a bus accident that occurs through little to no fault of your own, you can count on the personal injury lawyers at Ellis Injury Law to fight for the compensation you deserve.
Who is liable for a bus accident?
“Why?” is an important question we grapple with following a serious or catastrophic accident. Ellis Injury Law’s Granada Hills bus accident lawyers provide a thorough investigative team to uncover liability issues and discover what happened those moments before the crash.
A bus accident lawyer can help you uncover which individuals and/or entities are ultimately responsible for the accident. No matter the cause, the bus driver and bus company ultimately owe passengers a “duty of care” to provide safe transportation to the best of their abilities. Sometimes a third party may be liable, such as the driver of another vehicle involved in the crash, a mechanic’s shop in charge of maintenance, or a local government tasked with road maintenance.
What happens after a bus accident?
In a typical car accident case, a claim is made with the at-fault driver’s insurance company, seeking compensation for losses such as medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and estimation for non-economic “pain and suffering.”
When the bus is owned or operated by a local government (a city bus) or a school district, you must follow a different protocol. California requires that you file a claim with the government within six months. If you miss this deadline, you forfeit your right to file a lawsuit.
The claim must state your intent to seek compensation; describe the time, place, and circumstances of the accident; explain the losses you incurred, and provide your name and address. The government may agree to settle in a reasonable timeframe. If part or all of your claim is disputed, you may file a lawsuit in court.
Reach out to a personal injury lawyer today
A personal injury attorney will advise you to seek immediate medical attention, even if you think you’re not badly injured. Sometimes the pain and mobility limitations of soft tissue injuries like whiplash take days or weeks to manifest. If you need a referral to a respected local care provider, Ellis Injury Law is happy to provide it. We work with qualified medical professionals and medical institutions to validate our claims on a regular basis, so we’ve gotten to know the best of the best.
Contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation. We offer a no-fee guarantee, where you pay nothing upfront and owe nothing if your case does not resolve in your favor.