There are countless circumstances that can lead to bus accidents. Have you had a bus accident? Are you wondering about compensation? The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess can help guide you through the legal process. Here’s a short primer on bus accidents and their causes.
On average, there are about 63,000 buses involved in accidents each year. Bus accident victims are in other vehicles hit by buses. Or they are pedestrians and bicyclists. 14,000 of those accidents result in an injury. A further 325 resulted in death. That leaves about 50 bus passengers, including the driver, killed each year.
Several factors cause bus accidents. Bad weather, driver error, or poor maintenance can all lead to an accident. Of these reasons, most accidents result from driver error and badly maintained buses.
Bus companies must train drivers and teach them how to handle equipment. Bus companies should also maintain their vehicles. This includes documenting maintenance work.
In turn, bus drivers have their own responsibilities. They must keep their attention on the road and follow safety guidelines. Safety rules are often the first thing to go if a bus is behind schedule.
Buses can be the safest means of transport on the road. However, when accidents happen, even the safest of transportation can be life-threatening. Buses are large, heavy vehicles. Some weigh as much as long-haul trucks. Bus accidents can cause the following types of injuries:
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