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Ontario Bus Accident Lawyer

If you get injured in a bus accident in Ontario, California, you may find it difficult to move forward with your life. You might have sustained serious injuries that are painful, debilitating and expensive. Legal matters such as who can be held responsible for paying for your injuries are more complicated for a bus accident compared to a typical motor vehicle collision.

Our Ontario bus accident lawyer is ready to assist you

The attorneys at Rose, Klein & Marias LLP are here to help you understand and protect your rights as you pursue justice and fair financial compensation for a bus accident. Our Ontario bus accident lawyers will guide you through the legal process using personalized care and services. Contact us today for a free case consultation.

Why We Are the Right Choice for This Case

  • Our team of attorneys has decades of legal experience in bus accident law. Our law firm has represented injured accident victims in California since 1936.
  • We have recovered over $5 billion for our clients. Our record of success includes a $3.125 million settlement for an injured pedestrian and $1.625 million for school district negligence.
  • Your Ontario bus accident lawyer will work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you will not pay us a penny for our legal services unless you win your case.

How an Ontario Bus Accident Lawyer Can Help

Bus accident cases can be complicated. Unlike a traditional car accident claim in Ontario, bus accidents are more likely to involve complex liability issues. The liable or financially responsible party could be a bus company, private school, public school district, the government or a third party, rather than your case only involving you and another driver.

Bus accident cases also involve federal laws and regulations since buses are classified as “common carriers.” Bus companies and their drivers must abide by special laws to ensure the safety of their passengers and the public. If a bus company violates any of these laws, this could be proof of negligence (the failure to use proper care) that supports a victim’s personal injury claim. 

An attorney can investigate your bus accident to determine the liable parties and collect evidence on your behalf. Then, your lawyer can file an injury claim and aggressively negotiate for a fair settlement from an insurance company. A law firm will have the power to hire qualified experts to strengthen your case or go to trial, if necessary, to pursue maximum financial compensation.

Common Causes of Bus Accidents in California

Bus accidents can often be traced back to human errors. Bus drivers can make many mistakes behind the wheel that increase the risk of accidents. In addition, safe bus operation requires the company to ensure regular fleet maintenance, correctly working bus parts and proper driver training. Falling short of any of these responsibilities can cause a devastating bus accident.

Common causes of bus collisions include: 

  • Speeding
  • Drowsy or fatigued bus drivers
  • Distracted driving 
  • Texting while driving
  • Driving under the influence
  • Failing to yield the right-of-way
  • Following too closely
  • Making improper turns
  • Running red lights
  • Aggressive, reckless or road-rage driving
  • Inadequate bus driver training
  • Poor bus maintenance and part breakdowns
  • Dangerous road conditions

Bus drivers are required to operate buses in a safe and prudent manner. This involves obeying all traffic signs and signals and following the rules of the road. Deviating from the required standard of care puts bus passengers, other motorists, and bicyclists and pedestrians at risk of suffering serious injuries in bus accidents.

What Injuries Are Frequently Suffered in Bus Accidents?

Bus accidents can be catastrophic for the victims involved. Bus passengers do not have seat belts for protection in a collision. They may be ejected from their seats and suffer various impact-related injuries. If a bus crashes into another vehicle, the size and weight of the bus can cause a severe level of damage to the smaller car. If a bus strikes a bicyclist or pedestrian, victims may not survive their injuries.

 Injuries sustained in bus crashes can include:

  • Amputations
  • Bone fractures
  • Burn injuries
  • Chest injuries and broken ribs
  • Cuts, scrapes and lacerations
  • Facial injuries
  • Head and brain injuries
  • Herniated disks
  • Internal injuries
  • Neck injuries, such as whiplash
  • Permanent disability
  • Scars and disfigurement
  • Skull fractures
  • Soft-tissue injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
  • Wrongful death

The lawyers at Rose, Klein & Marias LLP can help if you or a loved one has any type of injury from a bus accident in Ontario. We can guide you to the medical care that you need and pursue compensation for your past and future estimated health care costs. We will make sure you and your family can rebuild your life as much as possible after this type of disaster. 

Bus Accident Liability in Ontario

Determining liability for a bus accident in Ontario can be complex, as these cases often involve multiple parties. If the bus driver is at fault for the collision, the company that owns or operates the bus may be held vicariously liable as the driver’s employer. It may also be possible to hold a bus company liable for its own acts of negligence, such as poor driver training or bus maintenance. 

Third parties can also be held liable in certain circumstances. If a driver outside of the bus caused the accident, his or her personal automobile insurance policy may be used to pay for victims’ losses. Government entities may be held liable if the crash was caused by a road defect or poorly maintained roadway. Finally, a manufacturer or distributor could be held responsible through a product liability claim if a defective bus part caused the wreck, such as a defective tire blowout.

Contact an Ontario Bus Accident Lawyer at Rose, Klein & Marias LLP Today

The attorneys at Rose, Klein & Marias LLP are here to help you receive the financial recovery that you are entitled to if you have been injured in an Ontario bus accident. You may be eligible for compensation for your medical bills, property damage, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Our Ontario wrongful death attorneys also represent families with claims after fatal bus accidents in California.

If you believe you have a case, contact us to request a free consultation with an attorney. We can start building your case with no upfront legal fees, and we will not charge for our services until you receive compensation. Call (866) 674-5150 today to learn more.