Every day, millions of Americans rely on buses for transportation. Buses offer the convenience of traveling without using your own vehicle. This can be a great way to save money and reduce your environmental footprint. While there are many benefits to using mass transit, there are also risks.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), around 300 fatal bus accidents occur each year in the U.S. The victims of these accidents may be onboard the bus, in another vehicle, or standing near the roadway. If you or someone you love has been injured in a bus accident, contact Abogado Maximo to get the legal guidance you need.
What Are The Common Causes Of Bus Accidents
There are many reasons why accidents involving buses occur. However, there are several causes that are directly related to the bus itself or the individual operating it. These causes include:
- Bus driver swerving to avoid a road hazard
- Bus driver being distracted
- Inexperienced driver
- Bus driver suffering a medical emergency
- Bus malfunction causing an accident
Similar to truck accidents, bus accidents are particularly dangerous due to the size and weight of the vehicle. Bus accidents are also unique because most often, there are no seat belts or airbags to protect passengers. When accidents happen, passengers onboard can suffer extensive injuries from being jostled around.
Filing A Bus Accident Lawsuit
When a bus accident happens for any of the above reasons, your case will involve more than just the driver at fault. Often, there are multiple parties responsible for the safety and operation of buses, including:
- The driver
- Bus management company
- Equipment manufacturers
- Government entities for public buses
Filing a lawsuit when there are multiple parties involved is more complicated and can take more time to resolve. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try.