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Walnut Creek Bus Accident Lawyer

Bus accidents can be caused by a variety of situations and actions that require the legal expertise of an experienced Walnut Creek bus accident attorney. Common causes for bus accidents range from driver negligence to neglected vehicle maintenance. Anyone that has been hurt in an bus injury accident would be well advised to speak with an experienced bus crash attorney in Walnut Creek about the specifics of their case.

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Bus Driver Error and Negligence

Navigating a bus through busy city streets or down a serpentine mountain road is not an easy task. Drivers must remain focused and attentive at all times to ensure the safety of their passengers. Inexperienced bus drivers can make serious mistakes that put passengers at risk, like speeding during inclement weather. A Walnut Creek bus crash lawyer can initiate a thorough investigation into the cause of the accident and determine if it was caused by a negligent party. Common forms of bus driver negligence include:

  • Distracted Driving: Talking or texting on the phone, playing with the radio and eating should be avoided at all times when driving. Bus drivers that don’t remain focused on the road put all of their passengers and the other motorists around them at great risk.
  • Unsafe Lane Changes: Buses often pull over into the right lane and then must pull back into traffic. Failure to properly check for traffic is a common cause of bus accidents.
  • Speeding: Braking and making fast turns are already difficult maneuvers for buses. Drivers that exceed posted speed limits increase their chances of causing a bus crash.
  • Drunk Driving: Bus drivers that risk the lives of their passengers by drinking and driving may be held liable for the bus accident they cause while intoxicated. The bus company or owner can be held liable as well in such cases for having hired a driver with a history of DUI.
  • Fatigued Driving: Commercial drivers are required under federal law to get a sufficient amount of sleep before driving and maintain a log of their sleeping habits. Unfortunately, there are times when bus drivers may falsify logs so that they can meet unrealistic deadlines and keep unrealistic schedules. Fatigued driving is negligent driving. The bus company may be held accountable for an bus accident caused by a fatigued bus driver.

Maintenance Issues and Defective Parts

In the event that a bus driver losses control of the vehicle, it is imperative that the cause of that loss of control be determined. In some cases, a maintenance issue, defective engine, or steering part can be to blame. A bus accident attorney in Walnut Creek can ensure that the responsible parties are held accountable for their actions. The parties that may be found liable for these kinds of bus accidents include:

  • The Bus Owner
  • Transit Company
  • Mechanic or Company Overseeing Repairs
  • Parts Manufacturer
  • Bus Manufacturer

Negligent Driver of Secondary Vehicle

Often times the bus driver is not the one at-fault for the bus accident. However, a negligent driver that excessively speeds, runs red lights or drives while under the influence may be held responsible for any bus accident that results from their actions. The bus company’s insurer may also still be liable for these types of bus accidents.

Bus Accident Attorney Walnut Creek

Nagelberg Bernard Law Group
2121 North California Blvd.
Suite 290
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Office Tel: (925) 300-4245

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