California Party Bus Injuries – 5 Dangerous Accidents
A California party bus accident may have catastrophic consequences for those injured.
Riding in a California party bus for special events has trended in Los Angeles and across the country for about a decade. A party bus might be rented for occasions such as:
- Bachelor/Bachelorette party
- Group outing to a Lakers game
There are party bus regulations laid out by the California Public Utilities Commission.
Despite numerous safety regulations, California party bus accidents can still happen, and it might not be the passengers fault.
Picture a situation where a group of about 15 friends rent a party bus to celebrate someone’s 30th birthday. As the party bus travels along the Sunset Strip, the bus driver crashes into a wall, leaving several passengers with injuries.
Passengers on a California party bus are owed an elevated duty of care by the drivers, company’s, etc. While there is no set definition, duty of care is generally regarded as the responsibility drivers have to protect others on the road.
Thus, a party bus driver operating a commercial vehicle must provide an elevated level of care for all passengers. Failure to do so could be considered negligence.
There are many different ways a California party bus driver could be found negligent for the injuries of their passengers, including:
Improper license or certificate
California Party bus drivers are required to have a commercial drivers license and proper certification. It’s extremely dangerous and illegal to operate a party bus without these documents.
When hiring a party bus, it’s important to research the legitimacy of any company or driver. This could prevent future issues, including potential injuries.
While passengers 21 and older can legally drink on a party bus, it is still illegal for the driver to join them in drinking. A party bus driver who operates a vehicle under the influence has the same risk as other drunk drivers, if not more due to the size of the bus.
A California party bus driver driving in an area they are unfamiliar with may pay closer attention to directions than the actual road. This distraction can greatly increase the chances of crashing.
Drivers might just look at their phone to answer a text or call as well.
Speeding in any vehicle already increases the risks of danger. Speeding in a larger vehicle could create even more danger due to the size and weight of the party bus.
The bus driver might not always be completely at fault in any accident since parts of the bus may be defective. For example, a soon to be recalled part of the break that causes a delay is in the hands of the manufacturer who developed the faulty product.
There are a large number of injuries passengers can suffer after a California party bus accident:
- Concussions or other traumatic brain injuries
- Constant pain in the back, neck, or other areas of the body
- Broken bones
- Cuts and lacerations that wound muscles or nerves
- Internal injuries
- Scarring or disfigurement that requires surgery
Riding a party bus should be a celebratory time with friends or family. A personal injury can have life-altering effects.
If you or a loved one were injured on a California party bus, the first step towards potential compensation is to contact a personal injury lawyer.
The California accident attorneys at C&B Law Group have helped injured clients recover millions of dollars in compensation. Some examples of damages you may be able to recover include:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
Our Southern California accident lawyers service clients in areas like:
- Los Angeles
- San Bernardino