Call Toll Free (661) 327-0601 En Español

Bakersfield Bus Accident Lawyer

Bus accidents are inevitable, with the number of bus services in operation in California. If you have been injured in a bus crash, it is crucial to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer right away. Our Bakersfield attorneys at Faulkner Law Offices have decades of experience successfully handling bus accidents and other personal injury matters. Contact our office today to schedule a free consultation.

Why You Need a Lawyer

Bus companies are required by law to maintain substantial insurance coverage. If you have been injured in a bus collision, you may have a claim to recover significant damages. However, attorneys representing bus companies and their insurers do not have your best interests in mind. Their main objective is to settle your claim for as little as possible.

Why Choose Us?

Our experienced bus accident lawyers can investigate the bus accident, determine liability, and assess the full extent of your losses. We can negotiate skillfully for maximum compensation on your behalf or fight for your rights in court if necessary. At Faulkner Law Offices, our Bakersfield trial attorneys have a courtroom success rate of more than 90%.

Bus Accident Statistics

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reports that:

  • The number of buses involved in fatal accidents in the U.S. decreased by 14% from 263 in 2015 to 227 in 2016.
  • 16,000 buses were involved in injury crashes in 2016.
  • 264 people were killed in bus crashes in 2016, 40 of whom were occupants of buses.
  • 35,000 people were injured in bus crashes in 2016.
  • On average, in the 10-year period from 2006 to 2016, intercity buses accounted for 13% of all fatal bus crashes.
  • School buses accounted for 40% of all fatal bus accidents.
  • Transit buses accounted for 34% of all fatal bus crashes.

Causes of Bus Accidents

Although bus crashes are not as common as car accidents, they can cause serious injuries when they occur. Common causes of bus accidents can be subdivided into three main categories.

Bus Driver Error

Operator error is the chief cause of many bus accidents. Bus drivers who are distracted, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or simply driving negligently can cause injury to the occupants of the bus and collisions with other vehicles on the road. Bus companies are responsible for the actions of their employees in the course of their employment. In addition to the bus driver, the bus company may be held liable for injuries caused by a negligent driver.

Equipment Failure

Some bus accidents and injuries are caused by tire blowouts, rollovers, brake failure, defective doors, and other equipment failures. When this occurs, the manufacturer of the defective vehicle or part may be responsible for injuries sustained in a bus accident.

Dangerous Roads

Large vehicles such as public buses are more susceptible to dangerous road conditions. Roads may be defectively designed or maintained, or road construction crews may fail to provide for proper measures to maintain road safety.

Contact Our Firm

After a bus accident involving serious injuries, it is in your best interest to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. Call Faulkner Law Offices today. Our Bakersfield lawyers have been representing injured people with a successful track record since 1972. We handle all our cases on a contingency-fee basis – you pay us no fees until we win your case.