Dealing with a bus company and uncovering its role in a preventable accident can be difficult for injured passengers or family members who lost someone in a fatal bus accident. This is because bus insurance companies can be complicated—making advocacy important to those seeking to distinguish their rights and protect their loved ones. If you or a loved one has been injured after a charter bus crash, contact The Carlson Law Firm to speak with a bus accident lawyer.
We have represented clients of bus crashes for more than 40 years. If you or a loved one suffered injuries, contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation. We can help you get the compensation you deserve with a bus crash lawsuit.
What are the common causes of bus crashes?
Every year, an estimated 751 million passengers take motorcoaches for travel. Buses are often used by students to take educational trips, sports trips and visits to a variety of locations across the United States. Statistically, busing is one of the safest ways to travel because of the high standard placed on the motorcoach industry. However, there are a variety of situations that can cause bus crash injuries and fatalities. Accidents can occur while riding as a passenger, pedestrian or while occupying a passenger vehicle sharing the roadway.
Like truck drivers, bus drivers must be competent employees, having endured proper background checks and received adequate training to provide a safe atmosphere and travels for passengers. Bus drivers should be properly trained in preventing crashes. Common causes for charter bus accidents include the following:
- Negligence from the bus company or driver
- Bad weather
- Blind spots
- Left turns
- Other drivers
- Bus fires
Bus drivers are held to a high standard because passengers are entrusting them with their lives. Drivers are expected to follow hours of service, regulations that address how long a driver can be on the road. A skilled Carlson Law Firm bus accident attorney can help you uncover important information about what caused a crash.
Some driver-centered problems that can lead to unsafe conditions include:
- Distracted driving, including texting or making calls
- Fatigued driving
- Driver negligence
- Fatigued driving
- Poor bus security
- Operating on dangerous roads and interstates
- Operating during obviously dangerous weather conditions
- Drunk or drugged driving
- Inadequate maintenance of the bus and its equipment
If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a bus crash, contact our firm as soon as possible. Time is critical in the aftermath of a bus crash. An experienced bus accident lawyer from The Carlson Law Firm will begin the steps to preserve the evidence should your case require a lawsuit.
Negligence: Bus Crash Injuries and Deaths
Like truck drivers, bus drivers must be competent employees. It is imperative to the safety of not just passengers, but the general motoring public, that drivers go through proper background checks and received adequate training. When you send your loved ones off on a trip, you never imagine this kind of nightmare. As a parent, you have every right to expect your loved one will return home safe and uninjured.
Businesses that offer transportation services are generally regulated by common carrier laws, therefore, bus accidents fall under common carrier laws. Common carriers can be private or public companies and are regulated at the local, state and federal levels.
Because they offer services to the public for a fee, common carrier businesses have a legal responsibility to show the highest degree of care and vigilance for their passenger’s safety. Failure to adhere to this rule can be considered negligence.
If a bus accident is caused by negligence such as fatigue, maintenance failures, tire failures or inadequate bus driver training, you can hold a carrier liable for damages under personal injury or wrongful death tort law. When minor children are passengers on a bus, there is an even higher degree of care owed by the bus company, above that of adults.
Common carriers are expected to use the highest duty of care when constructing, servicing, inspecting and maintaining their equipment and vehicles for transporting passengers. These businesses are expected to keep up with modern improvement in the transportation industry. They must adopt designs, devices and equipment that are commonly accepted as improving the safety of passengers. Common carriers are responsible for any defects if the carrier has:
- Created the defect
- Knew of the defect
- Would have detected the defect through standard and reasonable maintenance
A Carlson Law Firm bus accident lawyer can help you deal with a bus company and uncovering its role in a preventable accident. It can be difficult for injured passengers or family members who lost someone in a fatal bus accident, bus insurance companies can be equally complicated. We will advocate for you on the importance of seeking to distinguish your rights and protect your loved ones.
Bus Accident Statistics
In 2015, of the crash fatalities on U.S. roadways, 11.9 percent involved at least one large truck or bus. Additionally, buses and large trucks accounted for 7.6 percent of nonfatal crashes. Buses travel an estimated 16.2 billion miles every year. The kind of vehicle involved in a bus-related accident can often be a major factor in the types of injuries endured and whether fatalities occurred.
Large trucks, such as 18-wheelers and tractor trailer trucks, are the most common type of vehicle involved in serious bus accidents. In fact, according to a report to Congress, School Bus Safety: Crashworthiness Research, 70 percent of vehicle involved in bus accidents are of similar size as a school bus or larger, highlighting the serious impact and damage that results when such large vehicles are engrossed.
There are 5 million truck and bus drivers sharing the road with more than 250 million motorists which is why the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) core mission is to prevent crashes, injuries, and fatalities related to large trucks and buses on our roads. An important step in achieving the mission is to identify unsafe motor carriers and prioritize FMCSA enforcement resources on those that pose the greatest safety risk. The Safety Measurement System (SMS) is FMCSA’s workload prioritization tool. FMCSA uses the SMS to identify carriers with potential safety problems for interventions as part of the Agency’s safety compliance and enforcement program called Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)
How a bus accident lawyer helps
No one wants to imagine the possibility of their children being hurt or killed in a bus accident. Buses are a part of our everyday lives and take us to and from school, offer a cheap alternative to flying for traveling or carry our student athletes across the state. Despite their ever-present existence in our lives, buses carry serious dangers for riders and motorists. If buses are not being operated by well trained, attentive employees and if equipment is not properly maintained, dangerous situations can occur. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving any type of bus, contact a qualified bus accident lawyer as soon as possible.
We have years of experience representing victims and their families of serious bus accidents. Our experienced personal injury lawyers, professional medical consultants, private investigators and caring staff will help you piece together the various questions you may have regarding your accident or the fatal accident of a loved one, while seeking just compensation for your injuries and losses.
We care. We can help.