Throughout Los Angeles County, nearly 900,000 people ride the Los Angeles Metro Bus every weekday. With literally hundreds of thousands of riders counting on public transportation in Los Angeles daily, our communities are placing their safety and livelihoods in the hands of bus drivers, manufacturers, maintenance and operating crews daily.
Unfortunately, our Encino public transportation accident attorneys at Binder & Associates know that not all of the bus stops are made, nor all of the miles travelled, without incident. And when negligence plays a role in any component of the bus’s operation, people get hurt.
Los Angeles Metro Bus Accidents Can Cause Severe Injuries And Even Death
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there were over 60,000 bus accidents reported throughout the United States last year alone. Nearly 14,000 of those bus collisions caused injuries, and a total of 232 of those buses were involved in fatal crashes.
Closer to home, our city has seen their share of bus injuries and tragedies.
Last year, a Los Angeles Metro bus crashed through the center divider on the 405 Freeway, where firefighters evaluated nearly forty patients at the scene.
Twenty-five people were transported to local hospitals, five of whom were reported to be in serious condition, and the other twenty in fair condition.
And in February 2019, a woman was tragically killed by a Metro bus she was trying to catch in Wilshire.
Bus accidents occur regularly on our city streets, and while some only cause property damage, others result in severe injuries or even death, but the pattern of their collisions or their causes are unpredictable.
One thing is for certain, no matter what type of bus passengers are on, whether it is a city bus, tour bus, shuttle bus, or school bus, passengers have an expectation of safety during each segment of their trip. When that expectation is not met due to negligence, our public transportation attorneys have a different expectation, and that is to hold the responsible party accountable for the passengers’ injuries or the loss of their loved one.
How Do Bus Accidents Occur In Los Angeles?
Much like other motor vehicles, public transportation accidents in Los Angeles occur when negligence is at the center of the operator’s actions.
Driving under the influence, texting while driving or even a second of inattention due to distraction can place dozens of riders in harm’s way without notice.
Often times, when someone is hurt using public transportation, they are confused about how to hold the transit company responsible. At Binder & Associates, our personal injury lawyers in Encino encourage all injured riders to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys today by calling (818) 740-7667. You do not have to be intimidated by the size, power, or legal support public transportation officials have at their disposal. We can help you pursue the financial recovery you deserve.