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California Bus Accident Lawyers

Accidents involving various types of buses — tour buses, school buses, charter buses, and Greyhound — happen frequently in the U.S., resulting in serious injuries or fatalities.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, large truck and bus fatalities per 100 million miles traveled by all vehicles increased by 14 percent between 2019 and 2020.

And in 2020, the number of fatal motor vehicle accidents and crashes involving school buses, intercity buses, and transit buses was relatively low compared to previous years recorded by FARS since 1975. Accidents occurred with 46 school buses, nine city buses, and 86 transit buses that year alone.

If you or a loved one has been in a bus crash, you may be entitled to a personal injury claim and compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. At Frantz Law Group, our experienced bus accident lawyers can help you navigate the legal process and fight for your legal rights.

We understand that bus accidents can be traumatic and overwhelming, and we’re here for a free case evaluation. Our legal services include:

  • Investigating the accident.
  • Gathering evidence.
  • Negotiating with insurance companies.
  • Representing you in court if necessary. 

We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you only pay us something if we win your case.

Don’t try to handle a bus accident case on your own. Contact the Frantz Law Group today to schedule a free consultation and learn how we can help you get the compensation you deserve.

Why Choose Us

Extensive Experience in Bus Accident Cases

Our firm has handled numerous bus accident cases, with results that reflect our commitment to obtaining justice for our clients.
We have achieved success with these types of personal injury cases, making us a reliable choice for anyone seeking legal action and bus accident claims for medical care and other non-economic damages.

Compassion Throughout the Process

 We understand that going through specific processes can be difficult and emotionally taxing. That’s why we offer a compassionate approach to our services, ensuring clients feel supported at every step. Our team approaches every situation with care and empathy to meet the needs of auto accident victims in the most supportive way possible.

Recognized Among the Leading California Personal Injury Law Firms

We understand the devastating impact a personal injury can have on your life. That’s why our legal team is dedicated to helping you get the compensation you deserve. 
As one of California’s top personal injury law firms, we have a proven track record of success. Our law office has recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients.
James P. Frantz and the Frantz Law Group team have repeatedly been honored and recognized by various peer-to-peer organizations and publications, including Tier One status being given to the firm by U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” in San Diego for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs.
The Daily Transcript honored Mr. Frantz as one of the Top 10 attorneys. Furthermore, Top Attorneys in the insurance and personal injury category nominated Mr. Frantz from 2010 – 2020.

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Our Clients are Never Disappointed

“Very kind and very helpful!”

“Very kind and very helpful. They have been thorough and communicative throughout my case with PG&E for the damages done by the campfire. Mike Tahbaz has been especially understanding and empathetic of the entire ordeal and the process of handling this case. Thank you so much for representing me, and I have complete faith in Frantz Law Group to do everything they can to help me through this to the best of their ability. I appreciate you so much and look forward to the outcome of our case together.”

“I’m thankful I came across Frantz Law Firm!”

I’m thankful I came across Frantz Law Firm through Michael Tahbaz. He has been extremely helpful in navigating the process of the campfire.

Understanding Bus Accidents

Common Causes

Bus accidents are, unfortunately, everyday occurrences that can result in injury or even wrongful death for passengers, pedestrians, and other drivers. Here are some of the most common causes of bus accidents:

  • Driver error: Bus drivers may be tired, distracted, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or simply inexperienced, leading to accidents.
  • Poor maintenance: Buses that need to be properly maintained may have faulty brakes, tires, or other critical systems, increasing the risk of accidents.
  • Road conditions: Adverse weather, road construction, and uneven pavement can all contribute to bus accidents.
  • Other drivers: Negligent or reckless drivers of other vehicles can cause accidents involving buses.
  • Pedestrians: Careless pedestrians who fail to observe traffic laws or cross the street at inappropriate locations can also cause accidents involving buses.

Potential Damages and Injuries

Bus accidents are severe and can result in potential damages and injuries to the passengers, pedestrians, and other vehicles involved. The most common injuries in bus accidents include:

  • Broken bones
  • Traumatic brain injuries 
  • Head injuries 
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Whiplash

In addition to physical injuries, victims may also suffer from emotional trauma and financial losses. The potential damages could include medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Suppose that you or your loved one is a bus accident victim. In that case, seeking legal advice to understand your rights and receive compensation for the damages and injuries you have suffered is important.

Various Parties That Could Be Liable

Understanding who could be liable in a bus accident is essential when seeking compensation for injuries and damages:

  • Bus drivers, if they’re driving fatigued or under the influence
  • The bus company is responsible for ensuring their vehicles are maintained and safe for passengers. They’re liable if a mechanical failure leads to the accident.
  • Other drivers involved or if another driver caused the accident
  • Local government and school districts, if unsafe road conditions or inadequate signage led to the school bus accident
  • Bus manufacturers and common carriers, if a faulty bus or parts such as seat belts caused the accident

Remember that determining liability can be complex and require a thorough investigation. Consult with a personal injury attorney to help you navigate the legal process.

The Legal Process for Bus Accidents


The investigation involves gathering evidence, evaluating the accident scene, and interviewing witnesses. The research often starts with thoroughly examining the bus, including checking for mechanical problems or defects.

The driver’s credentials and driving history are also evaluated to determine if there were any negligent actions. Then it determines the cause of the accident and who is ultimately responsible for the damages incurred.

Settlement or Trial

The legal process involving bus accidents can involve a settlement or a trial.

In a settlement, the parties involved agree to a financial arrangement outside court. Settlements are a way to resolve the matter quickly and lessen the financial burden on both parties.

If a settlement can’t be reached, the case may go to trial, where both sides will present their arguments before a judge or jury. Trials can be lengthy and expensive but can also result in a larger payout for the party who wins the case.

Consider the following factors when deciding whether to pursue a settlement or trial:

  • The severity of the injuries sustained
  • Strength of the evidence
  • The potential financial impact on both parties  

Timely Reporting

When you’re involved in a bus accident, report it immediately. Not only is this required by law, but it also helps ensure that proper investigations and documentation can occur.

In most cases, the bus driver or company reports the incident to authorities, but it is important for the passenger or pedestrian to confirm that they have done so. It’s a good idea to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to help determine if they have a potential case, but not in lieu of contacting the police.

The statute of limitations and exact requirements for reporting a bus accident can vary depending on the state or jurisdiction where it occurred. In general, though, the driver or company must provide details about the accident’s time, location, nature, and any injuries or property damage.

Failing to report a bus accident promptly can have serious consequences, including fines, penalties, and even criminal charges. It can also make it more challenging to pursue a legal claim or seek compensation for any injuries or damages that resulted from the accident.

If you’ve been involved in a bus accident, seeking legal advice and representation as soon as possible is crucial. A qualified attorney can help you navigate the often complex and confusing legal process and can work to ensure that your rights are protected every step of the way.

How Our Professional Attorneys Help

Determine Liability

When you’ve been involved in an accident, determining who is legally responsible for your injuries is one of the first steps in seeking compensation. Our professional attorneys have the experience and legal knowledge to help you through this complex process.

We’ll investigate the accident thoroughly to gather evidence and determine who was at fault. Our bus accident lawyers will examine all possible sources of compensation, including insurance policies and other liable parties.

Negotiate with Insurance Companies

Depending on the situation, insurance companies may be involved in determining liability. Our personal injury attorneys are adept at reviewing insurance policies and negotiating with insurance adjusters.

When negotiating with insurance companies, having a professional attorney is the way to go. Our attorneys will evaluate your case and determine the appropriate compensation that you should receive. This will help you push back against insurance companies that may try to offer you less than what you deserve.

We will handle all communication with the insurance company on your behalf. This can alleviate a great deal of stress and frustration, as negotiating with insurance companies can be a daunting process.

Legal Counsel and Representation in Court

If an insurance company refuses to offer a fair settlement, our attorneys have the skills and experience to take your case to court. They have extensive litigation experience and can represent you in court with confidence and competence.

Our attorneys are well-versed in the complexities of the law and can provide you with expert legal advice. We can help you navigate the legal system and make informed decisions.

Not all legal disputes require a court battle. Our attorneys are skilled negotiators and mediators who can help you resolve your legal issues through alternative dispute resolution methods, such as mediation and arbitration.

Get a Free Consultation with Our Team Today

Let us help you navigate the legal system and seek the best possible outcome for your case.

Contact Frantz Law Group today to schedule a free consultation with our bus accident attorneys.






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