Causes of Bus Accidents
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in 2015 there were 261 fatal bus crashes in the United States. Bus accidents are unpredictable and can occur for a number of reasons. As with car accidents, reckless or negligent driving is the most common cause of bus accidents. Others may include:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Defective equipment
- Driving too fast for road or traffic conditions
- Lack of proper maintenance
Any of these factors can result in serious injuries to passengers, other drivers, or pedestrians.
Who is Liable?
Bus accidents are more complex than other motor vehicle accidents because there are more parties involved. Depending on the cause of the accident, the driver or the management company may be liable for your injuries. Additionally, the equipment manufacturer for the bus or other drivers on the road could also be liable.
Bus Accidents Can Cause Physical and Mental Anguish
Due to the size of buses and the lack of safety features such as seat belts, serious injuries can easily occur. Physical injuries can range from minor to severe and may include:
In addition to physical injury, it is common for victims to also suffer emotional anguish. Even victims who were not severely injured may suffer mental trauma associated with the crash. Emotional distress can be one of the most debilitating losses resulting from a bus accident, and one of the most difficult to prove in a court of law.
Why It Is Critical to Work with a Bus Accident Attorney
Even if you did not suffer a severe personal injury, you should still speak with an attorney if you were affected by a bus accident. Proving liability in these cases is no simple matter. It requires an understanding of industry standards, protocol, and other complex aspects of the transportation industry. Our lawyers can fully investigate the accident to determine who is responsible. We can create a strong case to pursue appropriate compensation for our clients by demonstrating the true extent of loss. For victims with physical injuries, compensation can cover medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, changes in quality of life, and more. Damages can help cover the costs of psychological therapy and counseling.
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If you or a loved one was injured in a bus accident, you need an attorney on your side. Schedule your complimentary consultation online today or by calling us at (312) 327-1840.