Bus Accident Injury Attorneys in San Diego
If you or a loved one has been injured by a bus, speak with an attorney as soon as possible. Consultations are FREE and with our decades of experience, we can inform you of your legal rights and options as soon as possible. You can either come meet with us in our office, or we can come see you. Whichever is easiest for you. Call the Law Offices of Gregory A. Montegna at (619) 691-1500.
Questions You Likely Have?
Who will pay my medical bills? Can I be reimbursed or compensated for missing work? Do I have to ‘sue’ in order to get reimbursed? If so, who can I sue? Can I be compensated for my pain & suffering? If I sue, will by case go to trial? How much is my case worth? How long does it usually take to get a settlement?
With decades of experience, at the Law Offices of Greg Montegna, we can answer your questions, and consultations are Free. And unless we win your case, there are no attorney’s fees.
Although if we represented you (the injured party) we would look to any/all possible defendants and sources to receive restitution from, each case is different? Were you a passenger on the bus, or did the bus hit you or your car? Was the bus moving when you were injured? Did the bus have any faulty parts on/in it? When was the bus last inspected? Who did the inspection? How was the inspection done? Does the driver or bus company have any plausible defenses?
What injuries did you suffer? Did you suffer brain trauma; broken bones; soft-tissue injuries; and/or damage to internal organs? At the Law Offices of Gregory A. Montegna, we are experienced at handline all types of bus accident cases including:
- Bus accidents involving School buses
- Bus accidents involving Public buses
- Bus accidents involving Tour buses
- Bus accidents caused by distracted or drowsy or sleepy drivers
- Bus accidents caused by mechanical failures
- Bus accidents caused by poor road conditions
- Bus accidents involving pedestrians
- Bus accidents that wrongfully caused the death of another person(s)
This may also be a case of each situation is different. Was the bus driver and independent contractor or an employee and what was the cause of the accident? Possible defendants may include the driver, the bus company, a supplier of a defective part, of some other party(ies) that may have caused or contributed to the accident. The sooner you call our offices and share with us the details of your situation, the sooner we can give you more clear answers. That being said, just a few possible defendants may include (but are not limited to):
The Bus Company
As common carriers, bus companies are held to a higher standard. if the bus company failed to take reasonable steps to ensure their vehicle was safe or responsible personnel or the driver was properly trained, and this failure caused or contributed to the accident and your injuries, the bus company will be held liable for their negligence.
Tour Bus Operator
If your tour bus was operated by a tour company and their negligence caused or contributed to your injuries, they will be held liable.
The Bus Maintenance company
Many times bus companies will outsource the maintenance of their buses to other businesses that provide bus maintenance. If the maintenance company failed to do something they should have (or did something they should not have), and that act caused or contributed to your injuries, they will be held liable.
Was the bus that caused your injuries a government-owned bus or was a government employee at fault? Although a Government entity can be held liable for their negligence, there are unique shorter deadlines that must be followed when there is a claim against a Government entity. Call the Law Offices of Gregory Montegna at (619) 691-1500 as soon as possible so we can inform you of those.
The Bus Driver
If the driver of the bus broke a traffic law and the failure to abide by the law caused or contributed to the accident and your injuries, the bus driver will be held liable for your injuries. Although many bus companies try and distance themselves from liability by claiming the bus-drivers are independent contractors, there is case-law that outlines special factual factors that can determine that the bus company is responsible for the actions of the bus driver.
Bus / Auto Parts Manufacturer
Sometimes the defect of a particular auto-part on/in the bus causes or contributes to the accident and your injuries. Where this is the case, the parts designer, manufacturer, or distributor may be held liable.
There may be a situation where the school-board was the employer of the driver of the driver who caused the accident. If there is a situation of negligent hiring or negligent employment (would a back-ground check that was not done, have found a questionable driving history?) the school-board may be held liable.
If another driver(s) caused or contributed to your accident and injuries, they may also be held liable for your damages.
Knowledge, Experience and Resources
As you can see, there are many factors that can play an important role in the outcome of your case. Additionally, time is of the essence. Memories fade, evidence or witnesses can get lost or become unavailable, and if the Government is involved there are special (much shorter) deadlines that must be met.
Free Consultation and Case Review, and there are no attorney’s fees unless we win your case.
Call the Law Offices of Gregory A. Montegna at your earliest convenience. We can answer your questions and give you an idea of the value of your case. We can talk with you over the phone, or you are welcome to come into our office, or we can meet you and your family at a location that works for you.