Bus Accident Causes
The U.S. Department of Transportation reported in 2009 that approximately 63,000 buses are involved in traffic crashes each year. Of these, 325 involved fatal injury. There were five different types of carriers included in these figures: school, transit, intercity, charter/tour and “other” bus operators. Drivers of intercity buses on regular routes and charter bus drivers both had higher rates of driver errors and worse prior driving records. Driver error is frequently the cause of bus accidents. When a driver with a history of traffic and safety violations is allowed to continue driving, negligence can often be proven in a personal injury case against the bus company. Improper vehicle maintenance can also be the cause of disastrous accidents involving buses. As in truck accidents, the driver, the bus company or a vehicle maintenance contractor can each or all be at fault in failing to properly maintain the vehicle. If you or a family member has been involved in a bus accident, contact a Longview bus accident injury attorney for a consultation.
Fatalities and Injuries in Bus Accidents
If the driver of a bus loses control of the vehicle for any reason, the amount of devastation that can occur can be quite significant, not only for the passengers of the bus, but also for the pedestrians or other vehicle occupants nearby. It is not uncommon for bus accidents to cause brain injuries, neck injuries, broken bones and wrongful death. If you are involved in a bus accident, it is important to seek legal counsel. If negligence was the cause, you have a legal right to seek compensation for medical costs, loss of wages or future income, as well as pain and suffering. If you are offered a settlement from the bus company or an insurance company, we strongly urge you to consult with a lawyer before you accept it. You may be entitled to more, and once you have accepted the offer, you lose your right to sue.