Glendale Tour Bus Accident Lawyers
Bus tours are extremely popular in Southern California, with hundreds of major tours that start and stop in Los Angeles. Tourists from across the globe take buses throughout our city to see the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Hollywood sign, Rodeo Drive, the original Farmer’s Market, and the homes of celebrities. But if a fatigued, distracted, or inexperienced driver gets behind the wheel of a bus, it can spell disaster. Due to the size and weight of tour buses, these accidents often lead to serious or fatal injuries.
If you were injured by a negligent tour bus driver, either as a passenger, pedestrian, or other driver, you deserve full compensation. At Aghabegian & Associates, PC, our Glendale tour bus accident attorneys have more than 40 years of combined experience. We can dig into the cause of your injuries, determine who is responsible for the accident, and advocate for every cent owed to you. There is no cost to speaking with us, and we work on a contingency-fee basis, meaning you do not have to pay us unless we win your claim. Call today at (818) 507-4311 to schedule a free consultation.
Tour buses are subject to various state and local regulations. Passenger carriers that operate in more than one city are regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and are required to obtain certain certificates, perform regular inspections, and may only operate on certain roads, according to Los Angeles city ordinances. California Highway Patrol inspects CPUC-licensed tour buses and enforces their maintenance and operations regulations.
On a federal level, all passenger carriers, including tour buses, must abide by the hours of service (HOS) rules, which limit the amount of time drivers can spend behind the wheel of a bus, as well as set certain insurance requirements. Those who operate motorcoaches and tour buses also have a higher standard of care compared to drivers of private vehicles, as they are responsible for the health and safety of passengers. If a driver or tour company violates local, state, or federal laws, then they can be found liable in the event of a collision.
Bus accidents can be devastating, leaving victims with costly medical bills and years of emotional turmoil. With tour buses, the drivers are often at fault due to working long hours, becoming distracted by passengers, or rushing to get to destinations.
Tour bus drivers may spend too many hours behind the wheel without adequate opportunity to rest. Lack of sleep will impair reaction time, awareness of hazards, and the ability to sustain attention, as stated by the National Safety Council (NSC).
Bus drivers also hurry to get to the next destination, sometimes getting impatient with the heavy Los Angeles traffic. When bus drivers speed, disregard traffic signals, or swerve in and out of traffic, it puts others at risk.
Any one of these can cause a serious collision:
- Fatigued drivers
- Distracted drivers
- Inexperienced drivers who do not know how to get around LA or operate large vehicles
- Drugged or intoxicated drivers
- Drivers speeding through intersections
- Drivers making dangerous left-hand turns
- Drivers failing to check their blind spots
- Aggressive drivers who collide with the bus
In our experience, drivers hold the majority of liability for a collision, but tour companies also have a responsibility to make sure their vehicles are in good repair and the drivers they hire are certified. Bus manufacturers and mechanics must also make sure these vehicles are safe to operate. Who you can hold liable all depends on the actual cause of the crash:
- Driver negligence: Bus drivers can be negligent in many ways. For example, they may change lanes unsafely, fail to yield the right-of-way, or enter intersections without looking properly.
- Mechanical failure: When mechanical parts break down or fail on a large, heavy tour bus, it can cause a crash. A mechanical breakdown can result from a lack of proper inspection and maintenance, or faulty vehicle parts from the manufacturer.
- Negligent tour companies: Tour companies are responsible for hiring competent drivers, making sure vehicles are free of defects, and planning out safe routes. If a company pushed a driver to speed or drive while fatigued, or ignored a background check, then it can be found liable for a collision caused by that driver.
- Dangerous roads: Large potholes, faulty traffic lights, road construction, poorly marked lanes or streets, and other hazardous conditions can be the underlying cause of serious bus accidents. If so, the government agency responsible for the road condition may be to blame.
- Other drivers: Tour bus accidents are not always caused by mechanical failure, dangerous road conditions, or the bus driver. Other drivers on the road can cause a collision involving a tour bus by disregarding traffic rules or driving distracted, intoxicated, or just recklessly.
If you sustained injuries in a tour bus crash, contact Aghabegian & Associates, PC. We can use our more than 40 years of combined experience to investigate your accident and fight to get your damages covered. We have recovered more than $125 million in compensation for accident victims throughout Los Angeles County and the San Fernando Valley. Let us do the same for you. Call us at (818) 507-4311 to schedule a free consultation. Our Glendale bus accident attorneys are tenacious and resourceful advocates for the injured.
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