Private and public bus accidents are caused by a wide range of factors, but one stands out from the rest as being the leading cause of accidents and injuries: bus driver negligence. At Winer, McKenna, Burritt & Tillis LLP, we use this information and the proven litigation skills that we have gained through decades of practice to serve the needs of those injured in bus accidents throughout California.
We conduct a thorough investigation and collect the evidence necessary to hold the driver and his or her employer responsible for any damages he or she caused — even if the bus company has an impeccable safety record.
Call (510) 433-1000 to arrange for a free consultation with an experienced Oakland personal injury lawyer at Winer, McKenna, Burritt & Tillis LLP.
How to Identify Driver Negligence
Drawing on the collective knowledge of our attorneys, including our partners and their more than 60 years of combined experience, we have obtained an in-depth understanding of bus accident cases. We know that bus driver negligence can happen at any time and any place, and often takes the form of:
- Bus Driver fatigue
- Inattentive driving
- Using alcohol or drugs
- Texting while driving
- Talking on a cellphone while driving
- Using poor or impaired judgment
- Unsafe turns
Our diligent Oakland bus driver negligence lawyers will look for these and all other causes of your accident. Our comprehensive practice also encompasses accidents caused by product defects, hazardous conditions, maintenance issues and any other causes of bus accidents.
Proving Bus Driver Negligence
When you retain our services, we immediately start building a strong case designed to show driver negligence. We do this by:
- Collecting witness statements
- Obtaining measurements at the scene
- Taking pictures of the scene and gathering all relevant evidence
- Conducting depositions
- Working closely with expert witnesses and accident reconstruction professionals
- When necessary, going to trial and using our innovative courtroom strategies and piercing cross-examination
This approach and our long history of achieving successful results have made us known as a premier injury law firm in California. We have obtained upward of $200 million for clients in bus accident cases and other legal matters, all while giving every one of our clients the direct, personal attention they deserve.
Skateboarder Suffers Crush Injury In Muni Bus Accident
A 15-year-old boy boarding down the center of Clement Street in San Francisco was passing a Muni bus that he knew always went straight at the subject intersection. However, this time the bus turned in front of the plaintiff, and he was crushed by the tires of the bus and suffered a crush injury and severed urethra.
The city of San Francisco claimed no injury and forced the case to trial. The plaintiff claimed the bus didn’t signal, which the city disputed. The attorneys for the city took bets on how long the jury would be out before it returned a defense verdict in favor of the city. The longest estimate was 30 minutes. After two full days of deliberation, the jury hung and the stunned city settled the case for a confidential amount.
Result: Confidential settlement.
Man In Wheelchair Falls From Muni Bus Chair Lift
A wheelchair-bound plaintiff in his 30s suffering from brittle bone disease exited a Muni bus on a wheelchair lift. He alleged the wheelchair lift was improperly manufactured and the operator improperly lowered the lift by raising the end ramp of the lift too early, which caused the plaintiff to run into the end ramp and topple over. He landed flat on his back, which significantly worsened his pre-existing condition and required extensive past and future treatment. Both defendants denied fault, and after a hard-fought litigation with many expert witnesses, the case settled for a confidential amount.
Result: Confidential settlement.
Contact Our Bus Accident Lawyers
For a free assessment of your case, call Winer, McKenna, Burritt & Tillis LLP, at (510) 433-1000 or contact us online.