Believe it or not, we have public transportation in Los Angeles. There are numerous bus companies who actively engage in business in numerous cities. For example, we have:
- Dash buses in Los Angeles;
- Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA);
- (City of) Santa Clarita Transit;
- Antelope Valley School Transportation Agency;
- Santa Monica Big Blue Bus;
- Glendale Bee Line;
- San Gabriel Transit;
- Riverside Transit Agency; and
- Culver City Bus.
What happens when a bus passenger is injured? What rights do they have?
Under California law, common carriers such as bus companies must use the utmost care and diligence of a very cautious person when transporting passengers. Often times, bus companies contract with outside vendors who operate their buses. So, a bus company (or City) may own the bus, but the bus is operated by a third party such as MV Transportation, First Transit or Veolia Transportation.
Bus accidents are common. Sometimes, a bus takes off or stops abruptly and unexpectedly, causing a passenger to fall. Sometimes, buses get into accidents with other vehicles. Sometimes, a passenger gets injured because the bus driver closes the bus doors on an entering or exiting passenger. These acts can often result in injuries to bus passengers, for which the bus company can be held responsible.
If you have been injured while riding on a bus, it is advisable that you contact a personal injury attorney to review your options. Before opening his own law practice, Mason Rashtian, managing attorney at The Mason Law Firm, used to defend bus companies in personal injury actions. So, he is very familiar with bus accidents and is in the unique position of assessing and analyzing accidents from different points of view.
Disclaimer. This article strictly talks about California law. Federal law or laws in other states may differ. This article is for educational purposes only and is not meant to serve as legal advice. You should always contact an attorney to discuss any legal matter.
With offices located in the Santa Clarita Valley (SCV), the San Fernando Valley (SFV), Pasadena, and an office opening in Beverly Hills, we handle personal injury cases all throughout Southern California. For more information, please contact us at (800) 577-0149, (661) 362-0805, (818) 700-8422, or visit us at http://mrscvlaw.com