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3 parties that could potentially hold liability in a bus accident

Though many individuals may opt for a more private form of transportation, buses continue to hold popular appeal for numerous travelers. By utilizing a bus, you can travel long distances and stop at various locations often for a cheaper rate than other forms of tour transportation. Of course, this method of travel does not necessarily mean that you face fewer risks of suffering injuries if an accident occurs.

Unfortunately, bus accidents do take place, and as a passenger, you could suffer serious injuries alongside your fellow travelers. When such injuries occur, you may wonder whether you should file a legal claim in order to pursue compensation for your injuries. If negligence on the part of the bus driver resulted in the accident, multiple parties could potentially hold liability.

Individual driver

As with most personal injury cases involving motor vehicles, the individual driver considered at fault often holds the most liability. Depending on how the bus driver's actions contributed to the crash, criminal charges could potentially result. Nonetheless, you as an injured bus passenger could file a civil legal claim against the bus driver deemed responsible.

Of course, the accident may not have resulted due to the actions of the bus driver. The driver of another vehicle could have acted recklessly or negligently and caused the bus accident. In that case, you could likely file a claim against the driver of the other vehicle.

Touring company

If the bus acted as transportation provided by a tour company, that tour company could also face at least partial liability for the injury-causing accident. If the driver of the bus caused the accident and had a less-than-stellar driving record, the company holds responsibility for hiring that individual and, in turn, for the accident itself.

Bus company

In some cases, the tour company may not own the buses used to conduct the tours. The tour company may enter into a contract with a bus company to provide transportation vehicles and drivers to carry out the tours. If the bus company's driver acts negligently and causes an accident that results in your injury, the court may hold the bus company at least partially liable for the accident as well.

Considering your case

Because multiple entities could face liability for a bus accident, you undoubtedly want to ensure that any legal claim you file holds the necessary parties responsible. Therefore, you may wish to fully understand how a bus accident case could differ from other types of automobile accidents.

When assessing your legal options, you may wish to speak with an experienced California attorney. By enlisting the assistance of a legal professional, you may gain a deeper insight into how you could go about working toward the most compensation for the damages you suffered.

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