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Understanding Your Injuries in a Pleasanton Bus Accident

Understanding Your Injuries in a Pleasanton Bus Accident

For many, bus travel is an integral part of everyday life in Pleasanton, and a number of residents use this mass transportation to go to and from work as well as any other destination. And while bus accidents are much rarer than other forms of auto accidents in northern California, when they do occur, the results are often devastating and shocking.

Frequently, bus crashes end in serious or even fatal injuries to many onboard depending on the circumstances. The sheer number of passengers onboard a bus increases the likelihood that someone will be seriously injured in the course of an accident, and the lack of restraints on most buses means that victims will lack protection from crashes. But what types of injuries are you likely to suffer in a bus accident?

  • Whiplash – Usually in a rear-end collision, the heads of passengers will be snapped forward and backward, causing soft tissue damage in the neck.
  • Head Trauma – Because passengers lack restraints, collisions may send their heads into the seats in front of them. Seat backs often lack padding, making the impact even more dangerous.
  • Falling Injuries – Also because of the lack of restraint, bus passengers may be thrown from their seats and into the aisles, the side of the vehicle, or into other hazards such as poles. Anyone standing may also be thrown or knocked down during even a minor crash.
  • Ejection – In the course of a severe accident, passengers may be thrown out of one of the vehicle’s many windows, especially in the event of a rollover crash.

For bus passengers, the injuries they suffer in the course of an accident are almost always the result of another party’s actions, such as the bus driver, another vehicle’s driver, or a defective bus part.

If you or a loved one has suffered losses in the course of a bus crash, the Pleasanton bus accident lawyers at Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP can provide you with the legal representation you need while negotiating with insurance companies for compensation for all damages. For a free consultation on your possible case, contact our offices at (925) 452-4710.