As we have discussed, rollover accidents happen with some regularity throughout Southern California. Many of these tragic accidents involve SUVs, trucks, buses, and other large vehicles and occur because of driver error, such as tiredness. What happens if you are a passenger on a bus or other form of public transportation and you are injured in a rollover accident?
Generally speaking, public transportation providers (otherwise known as “common carriers”) are in the business of transporting members of the public and are open to the general public. Examples of common carriers may include city- and state-operated buses, metros, trains, and ferries. Fortunately for accident victims, public transportation providers in California are held to a higher degree of responsibility than ordinary motor vehicle drivers. Indeed, California law clearly states that common carriers “must use the utmost care and diligence for [passengers’] safe carriage, must provide everything necessary for that purpose, and must exercise to that end a reasonable degree of skill.”
What does this mean for you, the accident victim? When you pay a public transportation provider to get you from one place to the next, you expect to arrive in one piece. You are relying on the bus/metro/train to be in good condition and for the person driving to be alert and prepared. When something goes wrong, and either the vehicle is not properly maintained or your driver falls asleep at the wheel or texts while driving, causing an accident, many people can be seriously injured. Accident victims can be financially compensated for their injuries.
Commercial bus rollover accidents can be deadly. If you or a loved one was injured or your loved one was killed in an accident involving a bus or other form of public transportation, know that the law and the experienced legal professionals in Woodland Hills are on your side. Attorney Barry P. Goldberg and his skilled team will listen to your story, explain your legal options and your potential for financial recovery, and then fight aggressively on your behalf to obtain the highest possible compensation for your injuries.