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Passenger Transportation Accidents

The Los Angeles and Glendale County Metropolitan Transit Authority moves millions of people across the county. Many Californian citizens rely on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) buses and other passenger transportation vehicles.

Normally public transportation is economical and safe for California residents. However, accidents sadly do happen on DASH buses, shuttle buses, trolleys, school buses, and Metro Rail System trains.

All bus drivers or mass transit drivers have a much higher degree of care and regulations for passenger safety. A driver can be negligent and choose to not follow the rules or engage in reckless behavior. Passengers can be severely injured during a mass transit accident. Alongside this, other motorists and pedestrians can sustain bodily damages.

Any person who has been injured in a passenger transportation accident in the greater Los Angeles or Glendale area should contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

L.A. Attorney for Bus or Mass Transit Accidents

Victims of passenger transportation accidents can have substantial bodily injuries or even die. Whether it is the poor design of the vehicle or a driver’s carelessness, no one should suffer on mass transit vehicles. Have you been injured in a passenger transportation accident? If yes, contact Yarian & Associates, APC.

The attorneys at Yarian & Associates, APC have decades of experience handling auto and bus accident claims. We attend to each client with care and advocate tirelessly for victims. Our attorneys represent clients throughout the greater Los Angeles County and Tulare County area including Visalia, Pasadena, Long Beach, Glendale, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Pasadena, and Santa Monica.

Yarian & Associates, APC has filed and won many successful accident claims for our clients. Contact us by phone (844) 291-1911 or an online contact form for a free zero obligation consultation.

Overview for Passenger Transportation Accidents in California


Types of Passenger Transportation Vehicles

A passenger transportation vehicle is any sort of vehicle whose function is to transport many passengers from one point to another. Many people may imagine only buses when they hear the word “passenger transportation vehicle.” However, there are many types of mass transit vehicles.

The term “passenger transportation vehicle” includes but are not limited to:

  • Public transport bus
  • School bus
  • Farm labor vehicle
  • Trolley
  • Shuttle buses
  • Metro Rail
  • Tour Bus

A passenger transportation vehicle is a general public par transit vehicle when the vehicle is designed, used, or maintained to carry more than 10 passengers, including the driver, for hire or for profit, or by any nonprofit organization or group.

When a passenger transportation vehicle is involved in an accident, many people can be injured. Not only are the participants of the crash put at risk, but so are the passengers, other motorists, and pedestrians surrounding the scene.

A passenger transportation vehicle accident can result in serious bodily injury. If a person has been injured in a passenger transportation accident they should contact an accident attorney immediately.


Accidents in Intersections Involving a Passenger Transportation Vehicle

Accidents involving passenger transportation vehicles, including buses, often occur at intersections. The driver of a passenger transportation vehicle must be particularly careful when driving into an intersection. Even if a signal or stop sign controls other traffic, the driver must use caution.

When pulling out from a bus stop, the drivers of school buses and mass transit buses sometimes crash into passing vehicles. Large buses need extra clearance when maneuvering on the roadways. Bus drivers must be careful to watch for poles and tree limbs that would not affect smaller vehicles.

A bus driver needs to know the size of the gap the bus needs to accelerate and merge with traffic. The bus driver must be careful to wait for the gap to open before leaving the stop. The driver should never assume other drivers will brake to give them room when they signal or start to pull out.

If a bus driver is not adhering to these cautions or is acting recklessly, accidents can occur. A bus or mass transit vehicle accident can create lasting damages. If you believe a passenger transportation vehicle is liable for your injuries, it is important you contact a personal injury attorney who can best assess your situation.


Common Injuries Resulting from a Passenger Transportation Accident

A passenger transportation accident can be traumatizing and painful. Numerous injuries can result from the incident. This doesn’t include any psychological trauma that may follow.

Some common injuries that arise from mass transit accidents include:

  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Broken Bones
  • Knee and Ligament Damage
  • Lacerations and Abrasions
  • Facial Injuries
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Spinal Cord Damage
  • Severe Neck Pain
  • Burns
  • Disfigurement

Liability for Bus and Mass Transit Accidents in California

Passenger transportation vehicles are required to follow certain regulations when operating. California law dictates that an operator for public transportation or mass transit is held to a higher standard of safety than standard automobiles.

Civ. Code § 2100 states that carriers of:

“Persons for rewards must use the utmost care and diligence for their safe carriage, must provide everything necessary for that purpose, and must exercise to that end a reasonable degree of skill.”

Most passenger transportation vehicles are controlled by a public entity. A claim against this entity, such as the Los Angeles Public Transportation authority, can be overwhelming. Despite this, all negligent drivers or vehicle manufacturers should be held liable.

It is incredibly important to file a claim as soon as possible. The State of California gives a plaintiff six months (180 days) to file a notice of grievance from the date of the incident. Failure to file a claim in time will bar an individual from recovery.

A successful claim for a passenger transportation accident may have a right to monetary recovery for all their losses including:

  • All medical costs;
  • Any future medical health costs for future rehabilitation;
  • Lost earnings and wages, including recovery for future loss or reduction of wages due to an inability to work; and
  • Pain and suffering associated with injuries suffered. This includes mental anguish, depression, and post-traumatic syndrome (PTSD) following the incident.

Additional Resources

Bus Crashes in the United States – Visit the Journalist’s Resource, a research site based on Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy. Read an article written by John Wihbey, a Californian journalist, regarding bus crashes.

USA Holiday Tour Bus Crash – Visit the LA Times and read an article by Esmeralda Bermudez. Read further on how a tour bus crash to a casino trip resulted in a crash that killed thirteen people. See how the community mourns and possible steps forward.


Locating an L.A. Attorney for Passenger Transportation Accidents, California

A passenger transportation accident can be traumatic and harmful to the victim. If you have been a victim of an accident in a bus, railway, shuttle bus, farm labor vehicle, trolley, or other mass transit vehicle, contact Yarian & Associates, APC to see if you may qualify for compensation.

Yarian & Associates, APC is dedicated to fighting for the rights of victims in auto and bus accidents. We have a combined experience of two decades with handling personal injury attorney. Our attorneys strive to obtain meaningful results in our personal injury cases. Yarian & Associates, APC accepts clients throughout the Central Judicial District including adjoining cities and communities such as Visalia, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Irvine, Long Beach, Riverside, Santa Monica, and Pasadena.

Do not suffer quietly. Dial (844) 291-1911 for an attorney whose goal is to assist you. Contact the attorneys at Yarian & Associates, APC for a free no-obligation consultation.


This article was last updated on June 20th, 2018.

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