Riverside California RTA Bus Accident Attorney
Injuries on, or involving, an RTA bus is not as uncommon as one might think. Buses sometimes stop suddenly, people trip on stairs when entering or leaving a bus, cars and bicyclists are side swiped or hit, and passengers are assaulted. In each of these cases, the Riverside Transportation Authority (RTA) may be held liable for any injuries that happen as a result. However, because the RTA deploys its own team of investigators to investigate accidents and injuries, it’s important to work with a bus accident attorney who can conduct his or her own investigation as well.
While RTA investigators may operate according to established guidelines and best practices when investigating bus accidents, they may not interview every pertinent witness, pursue other lines of investigation, or request relevant drug and chemical tests of drivers.
Investigating RTA Bus Accidents
In some cases, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) may participate in an accident as in the case the RTA bus crash that happened in December of 2013 on SR-74. Here, the CHP performed a mechanical inspection on the bus. A spokesman for the RTA, Brad Weaver, commented on the fact that it was rainy and wet when the bus crash happened.
Here, different questions arise: is there evidence the bus was going too fast for the road conditions? Did the driver suffer from any medical conditions or take prescription medication? Did anything happen on the bus to interfere with the driver’s actions?
When investigation bus accidents, mechanical, medical, personal, and physical evidence becomes extremely important for determining what happened. As such, leaving these essential issues to one or two governmental investigative bodies risks conflicts of interests or a lack of proper over site that could compromise the findings.
Filing an Injury Claim after a RTA Bus Accident Injury
If you’ve been injured in an accident involving an RTA bus, you must follow a specific procedure within a certain amount of time in order to take legal action against the Riverside Transportation Authority. When doing so, it’s important to understand what documents to prepare and how to properly file your case an accurate, timely manner.
In order to avoid potential problems and complications, contact Riverside bus accident attorney Jon Lewis today to learn how we can help you.