Bus & Metrolink Accidents
The personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Dennis R. Fusi, PLC represent victims of bus and Metrolink accidents throughout Southern California, from Bakersfield to the Mexican border.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 11,000 injury-causing bus accidents occur annually, of which nearly 300 involve fatalities. In part, this is due to the year-to-year increase in the use of bus transportation, including commuter and metro buses, school buses, charter buses, and commercial common carriers such as Greyhound. Additionally, the large size and weight of buses and, in many cases, the lack of seat belts and other safety restraints increase the risk of catastrophic injuries for passengers, drivers, pedestrians, and passengers and drivers of other vehicles involved in a bus collision.
Victims of bus accidents may have a personal injury claim against the bus company or driver if negligence, recklessness, or wrongful conduct contributed to the accident. However, for public transportation systems, claims usually involve a government entity, making these cases especially complex. Our attorneys possess the experience and legal skill to navigate even the most complicated personal injury claims.
Serving Ventura, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange, and San Diego counties, Metrolink has grown in popularity in response to rising gas prices and the increased cost of driving. While traveling by train offers many benefits to riders, and decreases congestion on California's roads and freeways, accidents do occur that can be devastating, often leading to numerous catastrophic injuries and wrongful deaths due to the high speeds at which passenger trains travel and the minimal protection provided by train seating. Metrolink trains must share rail track with many other train lines, and in the past accidents have arisen due to many factors, such as:
- Human error, including signal and communication errors and fatigue
- Collisions with another train or a motor vehicle
- Track defects
- Malfunctioning signals
- Equipment defects
- Motor vehicles trespassing on railroad right-of-way and property
- Mechanical failure
- Electrical failure
- Improper maintenance
- Hazardous chemical and material spills
Because various causes may contribute to a Metrolink accident, numerous parties may be held responsible should an accident occur. Passengers may have claims against the train operator, railway owner, or parties that manufactured, sold, installed, repaired, or serviced the train or one of its components. Making these cases even more complicated, the laws governing liability on train accidents can be extremely complex. Our attorneys will thoroughly investigate the cause of an accident, so that our clients may receive maximum compensation for their injuries.
Seek Experienced, Compassionate Representation
At the Law Offices of Dennis R. Fusi, PLC, we strive to provide exceptional legal representation to clients suffering personal injuries as the result of another's negligence, recklessness, or wrongful act. If you or someone you love has been hurt in a bus or Metrolink accident, please contact our offices for a free initial consultation. Se habla español.