The cities of Anaheim, Santa Ana, Irvine and Huntington Beach all rely on bus service from Orange County Transit Authority OCTA which is the second-largest public bus service in the Los Angeles metro region serving over 51 million passengers a year.
With all those busses running through the county, accidents will happen and passengers will get hurt. When this happens, many wonder if you can sue the county for compensation.
Five Injured in OCTA Bus Crash in Santa Ana
An OCTA bus collided with an SUV Friday, January 17, 2020, around 8 a.m. According to the Santa Police, the accident happened at the intersection of St. Andrew Pl and Standard Ave. The details of how the accident occurred are not available, however, authorities confirm that four passengers aboard the bus and the driver of the SUV were taken to the hospital.
Police are still investigating the incident, and no charges have been filed as of yet.
OCTA Bus Crash Injuries
Busses are big and heavy, and when they collide with a passenger vehicle, most of the time it’s the passenger vehicle that gets the short end. Occupants of a vehicle involved in a bus accident are at risk for serious injury because of the weight and size difference.
Bus passengers have significantly more protection, however, injuries can happen as people get thrown around inside the bus. There are certain common injuries that happen in a bus versus passenger car crash, and some of them are:
- Blunt Force Trauma
- Head Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Broken Arms/Legs
- Fractured/Displaced Ribs
- Fractured Facial Bones
- Wrist Fractures
- Internal Injuries/Bleeding
- Airbag injuries
OCTA Bus Crash Liabilities
In all personal injury cases, the driver that was negligent is required to pay for the injuries and financial losses of those who were injured in the crash. When an OCTA bus is involved, liability works a bit differently.
The victim still has to prove that the bus driver was negligent, hower, any claims made against the bus driver has to be brought against Orange County government. California law gives all layers of government in the state immunity against civil suits, however, the law allows some exceptions to that rule, and injuries caused by a public bus is one of those exceptions.
However, there are certain requirements that have to be met when making a claim against OCTA. There has to be a proper notice given of the suit, and there are certain deadlines and limitations including a cap on damages.
The best thing to do if you have an OCTA claim is to talk to an experienced attorney who knows how to file a compensation claim against OCTA.
Contact an Auto Accident Attorney
The best thing to do when injured in an automobile accident is to talk to a Los Angeles Car Accident Attorney who understands the law and has experience getting injured victims the compensation they deserve.
Call the Law Offices of Steers & Associates at 800 824 5416 or click here to contact us online. We have attorneys with years of experience dealing with every type of motor vehicle accident, and we get results against the insurance companies and their highly-paid lawyers. Call us now to even the playing field and get the compensation you deserve.