Bus Crashes

Nationwide Bus Accident Attorneys

Dedicated Advocates for Bus Crash Victims in California and Nationwide

Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman has a long history of handling bus accident cases. The firm has handled 100 bus crash cases over the past 30 years for bus passengers, their families and pedestrians hit by buses, across the United States and in foreign tourist spots. In one case, the firm represented 27 passengers from a single bus accident.

Charter Bus

We handle a wide variety of bus accidents:

  • Casino bus
  • Charter bus
  • City bus
  • Greyhound bus
  • Party bus
  • School bus
  • Tour bus

Our firm has also handled bus accident cases against defendants such as Greyhound, Ford Motor Company, American Tour and Leasing Co., Bluebird, Sky Express, Inc., American Stage Lines, San Diego Metropolitan Transit, Mexico Transportacion Turista Peninsular, Windsor Inc., and Travellers Coach Company Limited.

If you’ve been the victim of a serious bus accident, contact our bus accident lawyers at Baum Hedlund today to schedule a free initial consultation: (855) 948-5098.

Bus Crash Facts and Statistics

About 12,000 people are injured and 330 people are killed every year in bus accidents in the United States. On average—over the last five years—there have been about 9,000 bus accidents per year. Additionally, at least 0.5% of all vehicle accidents involve buses – a harrowing statistic given that over 11 million vehicles are involved in crashes every year.

These accidents often tragically have the potential to affect children most. An estimated 25 million public school students ride over 450,000 school buses twice daily to go to and from school. Additionally, it has been estimated that another 1­2 million students ride school buses to and from school-related activities each day.

Some other bus crash statistics:

  • There are more than 775,000 buses on the roads (includes municipally owned transit and commercial, federal, and school buses).
  • 11,500 people on average are injured in bus accidents every year.
  • Over 300 people are killed in bus related accidents each year.
  • Each day, over 450,000 school buses travel the nation’s roads.
  • An average of 23 school-age children die in school transportation-related traffic crashes each year.
  • Nearly half of school-age pedestrians killed in school transportation-related crashes were between the ages of 5 and 7 years old.

Your Legal Rights After a Bus Accident

Bus accident victims and their families have a right to seek personal injury and wrongful death damages against errant bus drivers and their companies. Any such lawsuit may well involve more than one state’s law or court system, and numerous complex choices and decisions may have to be made to maximize recovery or streamline procedures.

Those responsible for these accidents should be held accountable and safety improvements made. There are usually a number of weak links in the chain of events which lead up to an injury or death – negligent operators, negligent supervision, poor maintenance, design flaws, failed parts, or faulty reporting. Each individual or group responsible for one or more factors may be called upon to pay a portion, or even all, of the compensation due the injured person or family members. Each of those entities may be situated in a different state and the harm may have occurred in yet another state.

Call (855) 948-5098 to schedule a consultation and learn about your legal options.

  • School Bus Accident $10 Million
  • Fatal Bus Crash $6.2 Million
  • Foreign Bus Crash $1.9 Million
  • Tour Bus Crash $1.8 Million
  • Fatal School Bus Crash $1.7 Million
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Baum Hedlund Reached $10 Million School Bus Crash Settlement

Attorney Diane Marger Moore handles bus crashes across the country. She is a member of the Bus Accident Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice, the world's largest organization of lawyers representing the injured in America.

“The Baum, Hedlund firm has some of the top legal minds in the country; they are driven, determined, trustworthy, ethical and passionate.”

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    The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 recognized the law firms of Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman, the Miller Firm and Audet & Partners with the 2019 Trial Team of the Year award (in the Mass Torts category) for their work in the groundbreaking case of Dewayne “Lee” Johnson v. Monsanto Company.

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Baum Hedlund Represents Bus Accident Victims Across the Country

Over the years, Baum Hedlund has prevailed in many of the most highly-publicized commercial transportation cases in the nation, including more than 300 commercial trucking, train, and bus accident cases. Our firm has litigated wrongful death and serious injury cases for over 40 years and our attorneys have tried well over 200 cases in their careers.

Many of the cases the firm has litigated involve children riding school buses. Some of these accidents have occurred while transporting children to and from school or to events, while some have involved the bus driver running over the child after the child left the bus.

Among the many bus accident lawsuits handled by our firm is the Girl Scout bus crash near Palm Springs, California in 1991. Seven people were killed and 47 were injured in that crash. Baum Hedlund represented 27 people, mostly children, from that accident in which a school-type bus, loaded with Girl Scouts, nose-dived into a gully, and ultimately resulted in the death of four girls when they were thrown through windows onto the rocky ground.

In that bus accident, the firm’s attorneys argued successfully in court that on side impact, unsecured students and passengers can be severely injured when hurled against unpadded walls or through weak windows.

In an effort to improve bus safety, after the resolution of a Kentucky bus crash, Baum Hedlund created information packets, including a crash test video that reenacted the actual crash, and organized and funded a national campaign in all fifty states and Canada. The package urged school bus owners, operators and purchasers to relocate gas tanks positioned next to the front doors to an unexposed position inside the frame behind the rear axle, thus reducing the chance of a fire and permitting exiting the front doors if a fire erupts.

The Right Choice for Your Bus Accident Case

Many bus accident victims or their families hire our firm because of our many years of experience handling bus accident litigation and other forms of commercial transportation liability. Baum Hedlund concentrates its practice on wrongful death and serious personal injury cases throughout the United States. The firm is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, and maintains the highest AV® peer review rating, obtained through a rigorous process conducted by the leading international lawyer directory, Martindale-Hubbell.

Some reasons to consider our firm for your case:

  • 100 bus crash cases handled by our firm since 1988
  • 27 passengers represented in a single bus accident
  • $6,200,000 million settlement obtained for a single bus passenger
  • Succeeded in getting U.S. jurisdiction in two foreign crashes (England and Mexico)
  • Extensive experience with complex choice of law and difficult insurance coverage issues
  • Bus Accident Litigation Group Advisory Board Member for the American Association for Justice
  • The firm’s successful bus litigation is featured in the book, Reckless Disregard
  • Conducted an international grass-roots bus safety campaign to move the fuel tank to a safer location on school buses

Ready to get started? Contact Baum Hedlund today at (855) 948-5098. From our offices in Los Angeles, we serve clients nationwide.

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  • Top Legal Minds in the Country

    “The Baum, Hedlund firm has some of the top legal minds in the country; they are driven, determined, trustworthy, ethical and passionate.”

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  • I Can’t Imagine a Better Law Firm

    “Multiple lawyers recommended Baum Hedlund to me and I have been consistently impressed with the quality of their work.”

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  • Diligent & Professional Representation

    “Thanks to your efforts I was able to recover from a tragic experience and turn my life around for the best.”

    - W.T.
  • Our Best Interest Was Always Number One on Your List

    “A special thank you to your Spanish-speaking staff for the extra effort put into this case. The language barrier was never a problem, and we are so very thankful to them. Your name holds much respect in our family.”

    - G.C. & C.C
  • We Have Never Met a More Wonderful Group of People

    “It is obvious that the people at Baum, Hedlund, Aristei, & Goldman believe in what they do. And that you all really care about your clients.”

    - The B. Family
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