Los Angeles Airport Shuttle Accident Attorney
Most travelers choose to take a shuttle, such as Super Shuttle, FlyAway or Roadrunner, to the airport. These “airporters” offer convenient and economical alternatives to taxis and parking at long-term parking terminals. However, when negligence enters the picture, a ride to the airport can become tragic. If this is the case and you sustain injuries in an accident as a result of the airport shuttle driver’s negligence, you may be eligible to sue the shuttle company, airport, or driver responsible for your damages.
The Los Angeles airport shuttle accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas & Associates represent individuals, including tourists, who have been injured in accidents involving airport shuttles. Our legal team will help you get the full compensation that you deserve for the injuries that you have suffered. We are dedicated to protecting your legal rights and working hard to get you the damages that you are entitled to. If you or someone you care for has been injured in a shuttle accident, contact the Law Offices of Samer Habbas. With multiple offices located in Los Angeles, El Segundo, Irvine, San Diego and Riverside, our personal injury lawyers represent accident victims across Southern California. To schedule a free consultation with one of our Los Angeles accident attorneys, call 949-727-9300.
Common Causes of Airport Shuttle Accidents
Airport shuttle buses like FlyAway, Super Shuttle, Roadrunner, DASH, Prime, and Go Fly, are all liable for the safety and security of their passengers. These shuttle services provide a convenient form of transportation to airports. However, when a passenger on an airport shuttle service gets injured in an accident, he or she has every right to file a lawsuit against the party responsible for their damages.
Many different factors may play in causing an airport shuttle accident. One is the shuttle’s higher center of gravity. This feature places these types of vehicles at a greater risk of rollover accidents. A combination of structural problems and driver negligence can result in serious accidents and injuries for airport shuttle passengers.
Other common causes of airport shuttle crashes include:
- Excessive speeding
- Driver negligence, which includes failing to obey traffic signs and signals
- Alcohol or drug-impaired driving
- Distracted driving
- Lack of proper training for drivers
- Defective vehicles and components
If the airport shuttle accident was caused by a defective part or component, your accident attorney should file a lawsuit against the manufacturing company responsible for the flaw. However, first, you will need to determine where the flaw occurred during the product’s chain of production in order to file against the company directly responsible for the defect. Below are the three main areas where a defect is like to happen in the chain of production:
- Design defect
- Manufacturing defect
- Marketing defect
The bottom line is that shuttle buses and passenger vans do not offer passengers seat belts or other passenger restraints. Research shows that bus passengers are safer without restraints. However, shuttle buses and vans are much smaller than large buses. While full-size buses do not commonly rollover, passenger vans often do. The lack of safety restraints in rollover accidents can cause serious injuries and deaths, especially if the passenger is ejected from the vehicle.
Determining Liability in an Airport Shuttle Accident
Given that there are different causes of airport shuttle accidents, it is important to identify the factors that contributed to your collision. This is why hiring an accident attorney is imperative in your pursuit of full compensation.
Injury claims filed by injured airport shuttle passengers are more complicated than those filed by victims of regular motor vehicle accidents. The reason is that commuter shuttle companies are classified as “common carriers,” which have a heightened duty to ensure the safety of their passengers during the ride.
The airport shuttle accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas leave no stone unturned in our pursuit of justice and fair compensation for our clients. Our legal team and investigators take many steps to determine liability in these types of accidents, including:
- Studying the scene of the crash
- Interviewing witnesses
- Examining the vehicles involved
- Viewing onboard videos
- Combing through police reports and shuttle bus maintenance records
Only a thorough approach by an experienced and resourceful attorney will help you get the full compensation you deserve for the injuries you have suffered in an airport shuttle accident.
Common Airport Shuttle Accident Injuries and Compensation
Although taking a shuttle to the airport may be a more economical and convenient mode of transportation, it can also be dangerous. These vehicles are often speeding, and as such the injuries suffered by victims in an accident can be life-altering, requiring extensive medical treatment. Such injuries can also financially burden victims and their loved ones if they are unable to return to work.
Common injuries suffered by airport shuttle accident victims include:
- Closed head injuries and traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Broken or fractured bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Whiplash and other back and neck injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Wrongful death
The Los Angeles airport shuttle accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas & Associates are dedicated to helping our injured victims get the medical attention they need and the full money damages that they deserve. Depending on the specific facts of your case, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Loss of wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional and mental trauma
- Loss of consortium
- Any out of pocket expenses related to your case
Regardless of what type of injury you suffered as a result of the negligence of an airport shuttle driver or company, you have every right to file a lawsuit against the liable parties and are entitled to compensation.
Filing a Lawsuit to Get Compensation for Your Injuries
Hiring an experienced accident attorney is key in settling your case for the full value that it is worth. Regardless of which shuttle service you were using at the time of the accident, you need an aggressive attorney advocating for your rights. Although most airport shuttle accident claims are settled out of court, pursuing litigation may be necessary to get just compensation. As such, it is important to hire a law firm that has a successful record in litigating these types of cases.
You will need to prove the following elements when filing a claim or lawsuit against an airport shuttle driver or company for your injuries:
- Duty: As the plaintiff (injured party), you must prove that the defendant (shuttle service and any other parties you are claiming are responsible for your injuries) owed you a legal duty under the specific circumstances of your case.
- Breach: You must show that the shuttle service (and the other defendants) breached said legal duty through specific actions or failure to act appropriately.
- Causation: You must also prove that the defendant’s actions or lack of actions were a direct and proximate cause of your injuries.
- Damages: Lastly, you must prove that you endured some specific damages. You can typically show your damages through the presentation of medical records, loss of wages, or loss of potential earning capacity.
How a Los Angeles Shuttle Accident Lawyer Can Help
When you or a loved one is injured in an airport shuttle accident, your entire world is turned upside down. In addition to your physical injuries, you may also experience a variety of feeling such as anger, confusion, and uncertainty of what the future may hold. As you are trying to recover from your injuries, you may also feel a great deal of stress because of your mounting medical bills.
At the Law Offices of Samer Habbas, our personal injury attorneys represent clients who have been injured in all types of accidents, especially airport shuttle accidents. We also help families who are struggling with the tragic loss of a loved one who died in shuttle accidents. We will utilize our network of experts and other reliable resources to help us gain insight into your accident to determine who or what is to blame for what happened. Once we have identified all the potentially liable parties, we will take all steps necessary to help you obtain the justice and monetary compensation you are entitled to under the law.
Contact an Experienced Los Angeles Airport Shuttle Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in an airport shuttle collision caused by the negligence of another party, contact the Law Offices of Samer Habbas. Our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys specialize in handling these types of accidents. We have the experience to help you recover your lost wages, medical expenses, and any other costs associated with your accident
For more information or to schedule a free consultation with an expert airport shuttle accident lawyer, please call 949-727-9300.