Sacramento Bus Accident Attorney
After a mass transit accident, many people are unsure of what to do, what their rights are, or who to talk to moving forward. Accidents involving professional drivers, large companies, and municipal organizations can become complex quite quickly as multiple levels of responsibility must be assessed. Cases like this require diligent research, a wealth of resources, and a comprehensive understanding of the many rules and regulations these drivers and organizations are required to follow. Look no further than Rosenthal & Kreeger, LLP for skilled representation by a Sacramento bus accident attorney.
The reality is that not many personal injury law firms are able to take on such complex cases because they lack the resources to advantageously represent their clients’ interests. Our firm has a long history of success in this area because we have a wealth of resources as well as the experience and legal acumen to take on these unique matters.
Whether you are an injured passenger, pedestrian, cyclist, or driver who was involved in an accident with a mass transit vehicle, our firm can guide you through the process of securing compensation for your injuries. Don’t trust your case to a firm without experience. Call our firm at (916) 774-7200 to schedule a free consultation at our Sacramento or Roseville offices to discuss your situation in more detail.
Why Hire Rosenthal & Kreeger, LLP After a Bus Accident?
Few law firms can offer the vast resources of a high-powered law firm with the personal feeling of a small family-owned business. The Sacramento injury attorneys at Rosenthal & Kreeger, LLP have more than 25 years of experience handling civil claims for our clients in the Sacramento region. We understand the impact a serious injury can have on a person and his or her family, which is why we strive for individualized, passionate representation for every client.
We’ve helped clients in past cases recover compensation for their economic and non-economic losses resulting from the negligence of other parties. Our attorneys are not afraid of intense litigation involving insurance companies or other large law firms. Many people with grounds for legal action worry about the cost of representation. Our firm offers free consultations to potential clients to determine the possible value of their claims. In some cases, it may be possible for a plaintiff to recover his or her legal fees with a case award.
Ultimately, finding the right attorney can make a tremendous difference in the outcome of any civil case, and the attorneys at Rosenthal & Kreeger, LLP have a reputation for relentless advocacy for our clients.
Why Do I Need a Bus Accident Lawyer?
When a bus, trolley, light rail, commuter train, shuttle bus, or another carrier is involved in an accident, more than just simple traffic laws and injury liability are at play. Often, more than one party was involved in the incident and additional carrier vehicle rules come into effect. We have over 25 years of experience handling these types of claims and are aware of precisely which special regulations apply. We understand the duty of care owed by law to you and the special training, driving limits, and other mandates required of transit drivers.
When transit and bus accidents occur, we investigate the pertinent liabilities in play. It is important to confirm whether it is the transit company, municipality, individual driver, manufacturer or even the maintenance company at fault. You can be confident that our Sacramento bus accident attorneys will hold the proper party accountable and will file a suit that addresses these multitudinous complications.
Sacramento Regional Transit Accidents
Many possible types of bus accidents can happen in the Sacramento area. Some of the most common include public transit accidents, school bus accidents, and motor coach accidents. Depending on the type of bus involved and how the accident occurs, injured victims may have several options for recovery, but the process of recovering compensation differs for privately-owned and publicly-owned carriers.
The largest bus and light rail network in the Sacramento area is Sacramento Regional Transit (SACRT), a public carrier serving about 50,000 passengers a day over 70 routes with 3,100 bus stops. When a SACRT accident happens, victims must determine whether the carrier is to blame. Common carrier laws place a higher duty of care on public transit drivers than other drivers and common carriers have a legal duty to prevent injuries to passengers. Since SACRT is a publicly-operated organization, any civil suits against SACRT for personal injury must meet a six-month statute of limitations, a much shorter time limit compared to taking legal action against a private individual or company. For additional information regarding accidents involving SACRT, speak with a knowledgeable bus accident attorney in Sacramento.
School Bus Accidents in Sacramento, CA
Millions of children depend on school buses every day and school bus accidents can cause devastating injuries. If the bus driver’s negligence causes an accident, the school district may absorb liability for the resulting damages. In most cases, sovereign immunity protects government institutions and agencies from civil liability but a government employee’s negligence effectively waives this protection. It’s also possible for a third party, such as another driver, to cause a school bus accident, in which case liability for any resulting damages falls to the at-fault driver. In cases involving faulty brakes, the people responsible for the upkeep of the bus or the parts manufacturer could face responsibility in a product liability lawsuit.
Lawsuits Against Motor Coaches and Private Bus Companies
Many private bus companies and other carriers operate in California. When an employee of a privately-owned transportation company causes a bus accident due to negligence, injured victims can pursue civil claims against those companies. The employer may absorb liability due to improper hiring practices or failure to properly train and certify drivers.
California law requires certain bus drivers to obtain different levels of certification from the California Department of Transportation. For example, drivers of very large buses that meet the state’s criteria for large vehicles may require Commercial Driver’s Licenses. School bus drivers and other drivers who transport youth groups and clubs must also obtain specific certification. If a bus company fails to ensure a driver has the appropriate certification and the driver causes an accident, the bus company will likely bear liability for the damages.
Speak with a Sacramento Bus Accident Lawyer Today
We know that clients often have questions and worry about a lawyer costing too much money, which is why we offer free consultations to all potential clients. At your consultation, the attorneys at Rosenthal & Kreeger, LLP will discuss any questions you may have, address your concerns about finances, and assure you as to the validity of your case and your prospects regarding compensation for your injuries, lost wages, medical costs, and pain and suffering. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with an attorney experienced at handling mass transit accidents. Call (916) 774-7200 now.