Churches are great places to worship the Lord Jesus Christ, and sometimes, churches will organize retreats and seminars for their church bodies. Some churches may even provide transportation, such as a church bus, or 10 or 15 passenger van. These vans and buses may also be used to pick up and drop off elderly congregants of the particular religious institution. You may end up needing a church bus injury attorney.
This is because, sometimes, the church will farm out the transportation to non church members, or delegate the responsibility of driving to a non qualified member of the church. It is not just that there are more and more bus collision relating to churches, it is that many times the bus may have a broken air conditioner, no seat belts and even bad brakes.
So deaths from church bus accidents such as heat stroke, or a crash are a real possibility and a delicate issue for a congregant who is a member of a negligent church.
How Else Can a Church Bus Collision Happen?
There are many ways these accidents can occur. As noted above, it can be caused by a poorly trained driver. But a church bus accident could also be caused by a third party contractor negligently maintaining the brakes, the tires, the lights, and even the windshield wipers.
Ehline Law Firm PC is a highly experienced church bus accident attorney and he has assisted many consumers in Metro Bus, Metrolink and tour bus accidents as well in this many years of experience, first as a paralegal, and now as a personal injury attorney. If you are anyone you know suffered a wrongful death, spinal cord injury, or brain injury from a church collision, or accident, you will understand the problems and the need for a solution in this delicate matter.
Don’t hire some left wing lawyer who despises Jesus, hire a Christian, who understands salvation. Hire an attorney who was a U.S. Marine. Someone who understands real America, not the elite America most trial lawyers seem to desire. Why would a Christian use an anti God ACLU supporter to help them in a church bus accident case? Michael Ehline is a God fearing Christian and he wants to help you in your church bus case.
The NHTSA Says Churches Use 15 Passenger Vans
The NHTSA has cautioned church groups using 15 passenger vans and provided the following public information as follows:
“NHTSA said that it is directing this advisory to church groups, other non-profit organizations and colleges that may be keeping older 15-passenger vans in service longer than usual because of tight transportation budgets.
Pre-primary, primary and secondary schools should not use 15-passenger vans for transporting school children, as they do not provide the same level of safety as school buses. It is also against federal law for schools to buy new 15-passenger vans for school transportation purposes.
Here are some safety tips for anyone planning a trip in 15-passenger vans:
- If you are an owner, make sure the vehicle is properly maintained.
- Owners should make sure drivers are fully trained and experienced in operating a 15-passenger van and are properly licensed.
- 15-passenger vans are very sensitive to loading and should not be overloaded under any circumstances. Agency research shows overloading not only increases rollover risk but makes the vehicle more unstable in any handling maneuvers.
- Owners should make sure that properly sized tires are being used on their vehicles.
- Before every trip, drivers should check the tires for proper inflation, and make sure there are no signs of wear. Correct tire size and inflation pressure information can be found in the owner’s manual.
- If you are a passenger, make sure you buckle up for every trip. Additional information on 15-passenger van safety can be found here.”
Most buses like tour buses, are usually not equipped with seatbelts. At least one California case says it’s a jury issue as to whether or not buses like tour buses, should be equipped with seatbelts. “. . . therefore, the question of negligence and proximate causation for failure to equip the vehicle with seatbelts is a triable issue of fact for the jury.” (Greyhound Lines, Inc. v. Super.Ct. (Chisefski) (1970) 3 Cal.App.3d 356, 359-360.) Not having a seatbelt on, can cause a bus passenger to be thrown about violently, inside a bus, as it is rolling down a hill, or rolling over after being hit by a big rig for example. A passenger could even be thrown out a window, and suffer a brain injury, friction burn, and wrongful death.
Ehline Law Firm PC is the first and last call you need to make when you are seeking Church bus injury attorneys in cities like Pasadena. Call a Pasadena injury lawyer now at 888.400.9721.