In 2013, Americans took 10.7 billion trips on public transportation, the highest annual ridership number in 57 years. School, city, and charters buses are the most frequently used mass transit vehicles. Given the number of passengers these buses carry and that many do not have seat belts or may lack necessary safety features, bus accidents can pose a great risk.
Drivers who operate buses must follow the guidelines set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Those guidelines include the number of hours a driver may work, the maximum passengers allowed on the bus, and other regulations including licensing requirements. If a driver or bus company neglects to abide by these guidelines, they could be held responsible for any injuries in the event of an accident.
Bus accidents can be caused by a number of negligent acts
There are a number of things that can cause bus accidents including:
- Failing to adequately train bus drivers
- Speeding or reckless driving
- Failing to properly maintain the bus, including emergency exits and other safety devices
- Hiring drivers with poor driving records
- Carrying too heavy of a load
- Fatigued and overworked drivers
- Distracted driving, such as talking on the phone or texting
- A bus filled with too many passengers
Due to the heavy weight of a bus, a collision can easily cause serious damage to passengers on the bus and others involved in the crash. If the bus overturns, passengers can be thrown from their seat or from the bus. Passengers can also be injured as a result of being struck by loose debris.
Bus accidents can cause significant harm
If a crash was caused by the negligence of the driver or bus owner, those hurt in the accident may be able to seek compensation for their harms and losses. Bus crashes can cause significant injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Cuts, lacerations, and scars
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries including paralysis
The costs associated with these injuries can be substantial. Injured passengers can face lost income from their time out of work, emergency room costs, medical bills, medications, and costs of on-going physical therapy.
Experienced Bus Accident Attorney
Getting reimbursed for all of your losses after a bus accident can be extremely difficult. The Nigam Law Firm has fought for hundreds of victims injured in highway accidents and are here to fight for you. We can guide you through every step of the process and put your mind at ease so you can focus on recovering. Every situation is unique, Contact us today to schedule your consultation.