California is on the list of the top ten states with the highest rate of bus crashes in the United States. When on private or public bus transportation, you should expect to be driven safely to your destination without accident or injury. If you are in a bus accident, there are varying degrees of injuries you could possibly sustain through no fault of your own. Here at JML Law, we have attorneys who specialize in bus accidents that can ensure you receive lawful compensation for any injury you have sustained while simply being a bus passenger. Contact our offices today in San Francisco at 415-692-3462 for a free case consultation.
Bus Accident Statistics
There are different types of buses used for private or public transportation including charter buses, shuttle buses, tour buses, school buses, and city buses. Roughly 63,000 buses annually are involved in accidents. There were 225 fatal crashes involving buses in 2016.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), from 2009 to 2016 the number of fatal crashes involving large trucks and buses has increased 28 percent. From these statistics intercity buses accounted for 13 percent of bus accidents, school buses accounted for 40 percent and transit buses accounted for 34 percent. Overall, the percentage of bus accidents annually is relatively not much lower than automobile accidents when you factor in the percent of accidents per mileage traveled.
What Injuries Could Possibly Be Sustained
Bus accidents range from fender benders to fatal collisions. The injuries you could sustain in a bus accident would depend on the severity of the collision and are typically the same injuries you would receive if you were a passenger in a car involved in a similar accident. Some of the most common injuries sustained are whiplash, head trauma, broken or fractured bones, and lacerations.
Top Causes of Bus Accidents
Buses are much bigger than other vehicles on the roadways and are harder to stop quickly. Other drivers on the road sometimes do not pay attention to the buses signals or maneuvers and are faulted for the accident. Statistics show that the majority of bus collisions are NOT caused by bus drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speeding, or falling asleep at the wheel. According to the Journal of Safety Research, bus accidents are mostly attributed to:
- Young novice bus drivers
- Drivers over 65 years of age
- Other vehicles
When riding on a bus, your safety should be the top priority of the driver and the owners of the bus, whether or not they are a private company or under the management of local public transportation. If you are injured in a bus accident, those responsible for your injuries should be held liable. Contact JML Law today in San Francisco by calling 415-692-3462 or by visiting our website at www.jmllaw.com for a free consultation. Let our bus accident attorneys make sure you receive any due compensation for pain, trauma, or injury caused by the negligence of another.
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