A fatal bus accident occurs every two and a half hours in this country according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Bus Accidents are as common as they are devastating. In 2014 there were 3,978 large trucks and buses involved in fatal crashes; with intercity buses accounted for 13 percent, and school buses and transit buses accounted for 41 percent and 33 percent, respectively, of all buses involved in fatal crashes*. Unlike other vehicle accidents, bus accidents carry a much great risk of injury due to the occupancy levels, the lack of seat belts in some case, unsecured luggage and personal effect as well as other faulty and negligent issues from poor maintenance.
People who have experienced bus accidents have noted how abruptly it happens, how violent it feels and how utterly powerless they felt while their lives are in the hands of the operator. Of those who do live to speak about it, the devastating and life-long injuries that one can suffer at the hands of a careless driver are indescribable. When bus accidents occur, they can involve lots of different people and can be the responsibility of many different parties. Finding a good attorney to help review the case is critical. A claim can involve the manufacturer of the bus, those that maintain the bus, the people responsible for loading the bus when it involves displacement of items or people. It can be against a municipality or government or private entities such as other drivers or be simply against the bus driver or company.
At Cutler Rader, we are dedicated to helping the victims of bus accidents recover substantial amounts of money to help them get their lives back on track. We recommend you pursue a claim soon after your accident as there are certain time limitations on how long you have to file a claim.
Contact us at (954) 913-CASE (2273) for a complimentary consultation.
Common Types Of Bus Accident Injuries:
- Head Trauma
- Slip and Fall
- Broken Bones
- Brain Injuries
Common Causes of Bus Accidents:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driver Fatigue
- Driving recklessly
- Poor weather conditions/visibility
- Defective bus equipment
- Improper bus maintenance
- Dangerous roadways