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Bus Accident Attorneys Fighting for Victims in Sacramento

They help take our kids to school, keep cars off the roads, and save us a drive—but buses can also be a hazard. In December of 2019, a school bus crashed into a house after plowing through a parked car, a utility box, and a fence. Thankfully, no students were aboard, and the owners of the house were elsewhere at the time. Were that not the case, the accident could have caused serious injuries or perhaps even fatalities.

Bus accidents may seem like they’ll never affect you up until the moment you’re involved in one. Between 2012 and 2015, just over 1% of all vehicle accidents involved buses. With millions of crashes happening across the U.S. each year, that sliver equates to around 255,000 incidents. Thankfully, the vast majority of these crashes were not fatal. But, due to the size differential and the fact that buses typically hold many people who may or may not be belted in, those involved may sustain serious injuries.

We believe all accident victims should have access to the highest-quality care, but in cases like these, you may not even know where to start asking for help. Our team at Del Rio & Caraway, P.C. has answers. We can work with you and, if necessary, accident reconstruction specialists to investigate the cause of the incident. Whether a mechanical failure, a driver error, or a third party was at fault, you do have the right to sue anyone whose negligence put you in danger.

After a bus accident, we’re here to help. Call our attorneys any time at (916) 229-6755 if you think you have a case.

Bus Accident Injuries and Fatalities

Though bus accidents may result in injuries for the bus driver and passengers, those on the outside are much more likely to be seriously hurt or die. The National Safety Council (NSC) analyzed school bus accident records from 2009 – 2018 (inclusive) and separated the injuries and fatalities by victim type. Damages were split as follows:

  • Occupants of other vehicles: 50% of the injuries and 70% of the fatalities
  • School bus passengers: 35% of the injuries and 5% of the fatalities
  • School bus drivers: 8% of the injuries and 4% of the fatalities
  • Pedestrians: An unknown percentage of the injuries and 17% of the fatalities
  • Bike riders: An unknown percentage of the injuries and 2% of the fatalities

Especially in fatal school bus crashes, the passengers on the bus are much more likely to be the survivors. Though schoolchildren may seem more likely to be hurt because of their size, they are actually more protected than the riders of other types of buses.

A study by the University of Michigan looked at the fatality rates among different types of buses including school buses, transit buses, and charter buses. School and transit buses tend to have higher rates of fatal crashes than other bus types but keep their passengers safe: Only 8.2% and 2.7% of occupants, respectively, are killed in these crashes. By contrast, more than 30% of fatalities in charter and “other” bus crashes are occupants.

Who Is Liable in a Bus Accident?

If you’re injured badly in a bus accident, you’ll want to file an insurance claim or perhaps even sue for damages. Our team can help investigate the accident to identify the at-fault party or parties. You may be able to hold any of the below responsible depending on the circumstances of the case:

  • The bus driver
  • The driver of another vehicle
  • The body that hired the bus driver (a government, school, or private entity)
  • A manufacturer that created an unsafe vehicle
  • The owner of the bus
  • A mechanic who made errors while working on the bus

Filing against a school district or the local government may be especially work-intensive and require extra steps under a shorter deadline. No matter the type of suit, our attorneys can help you determine how to take action and ensure everything is filed on time.

Our Bus Accident Attorneys Are Here to Help

Del Rio & Caraway, P.C. was founded on the ideal that those who need legal help after an injury should receive personal attention and a dedicated attorney to fight for them. As a small firm, we feel involved in every case we take. That’s why we make your priorities our own. After a serious injury, you need more support, not more hoops to jump through. Let us take the legal burden off your shoulders.

Contact our Sacramento team 24/7 at (916) 229-6755 if you’ve been injured in an accident.

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