As long as there are vehicles operating in cities, carrying commuters from place to place, there will be accidents during their transportation. Mass transit options, like buses, carry dozens of travelers each day that are at the mercy of the driver behind the wheel. In good faith, commuters who enjoy bus transit have the reasonable expectation of riding in a safe and functional vehicle that is operated by someone who is qualified to drive the large carrier throughout the day. When there is a breach in any of these expectations commuters can be injured as a result.
Bus accidents are about more than a bus colliding with a vehicle on the road. A bus accident can occur when the bus hits a pedestrian or runner crossing the street or at a bus stop, or even making contact with a cyclist who is traveling in a bike lane. When this is the case, the walker, runner or cyclist is at an incredible disadvantage, simply because of the size of the bus that struck him or her.
In addition, bus accidents can be the result of an inexperienced driver behind the wheel of the large vehicle who is not well versed in the operation of the mass transit carrier. Stopping quickly, swerving erratically or even failing to follow the proper traffic signals can result in the injury of passengers onboard the bus in an instant.
If you or a loved one has been injured in any capacity during a bus ride, it is important that you contact the qualified bus accident attorneys at Benson, Bertoldo, Baker & Carter to understand your rights as a passenger onboard public or private bus transportation services.
Interpreting Bus Accident Statistics
According to the US Department of Transportation, in 2011 alone there were:
- 108 Fatal Crashes Involving School Buses
- 24,000 People Injured in Bus Crashes
The most common causes for these accidents included:
- Aggressive or Reckless Car Drivers
- Bus Driver Fatigue or Inattention
- Poor Vehicle Maintenance or Mechanical Failure
In a 2010 study it was determined that 325 people are killed in bus crashes each year in the USA. That leaves 325 families devastated from a loss that may have been prevented. When this is the case, our attorney group will provide a dedicated and accomplished approach to helping you recover the financial losses that result from this serious loss of life and love.
Understanding Bus Accidents and Who is Harmed by their Occurrences
1. Who can get hurt in a bus accident?
In the event of a bus accident that is the result of a collision, the passengers on the bus are most likely to suffer injury. Bus accidents, however, can include injuries sustained from entering or exiting the bus, as well as the buses interaction with passengers, runners, cyclists and other passenger vehicles.
2. What are the most common injuries sustained in a bus accident?
- Broken and/or Fractured Bones
- Bruising & Scrapes
- Head Injury
- Internal Bleeding
- Neck Injury
- Spinal Cord Injury
3. What do I do if I’m involved in a bus accident?
The very first step in assessing any injury, especially one from a bus accident, next is to seek medical attention right away. Even if you feel as though you can move forward with out medical care, it is important to understand that not all injuries are apparent to the naked eye. Seek medical care no matter what your involvement in the accident, to ensure you are physically okay.
Collect the contact information of other passengers, witnesses and other drivers involved in the accident. If it is possible to take photos of the scene, try and remember to do so. Most importantly, make sure that a formal police report is recorded, so that you can reference the facts of the case in court.
4. What compensation am I entitled to from my involvement in a bus accident?
As with any personal injury legal case, the compensation received through a suit against the liable parties is the result of the severity of your injuries and property damage. In addition, the case will include facts regarding your lost wages, medical expenses and future earnings to ensure that you are made whole again by those who caused your injuries.