Crowded buses can easily weigh over 60,000 pounds, while the average car is barely 3,000 pounds. A size difference that lends to bus crashes being some of the most devastating accidents that take place on our roads. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), bus accidents resulted in over 260 fatalities in a single recent year alone.
Factors That Frequently Contribute To Bus Crashes
Many bus accidents are due to negligence on the part of bus drivers and bus companies. Some of the most common causes of bus collisions include:
- Inattentive driving;
- Inadequate driving experience;
- Driver error;
- Exhaustion and fatigue;
- Failing to follow proper bus safety procedures;
- Inclement weather;
- Hazardous road conditions;
- Improper bus maintenance or repairs;
- Speeding; and
- Driving under the influence.
Bus Accidents Often Result In Severe Injuries
Even relatively minor bus accidents can have catastrophic consequences on everyone unfortunate enough to be involved. Crashes involving buses often leave other motorists and passengers with long and difficult paths to recovery. Common injuries that victims suffer in serious bus accidents include:
- Broken bones;
- Neck and spinal cord injuries;
- Traumatic brain injuries;
- Life-long disability;
- Permanent disfigurement;
- Amputation of hands, feet, arms, or legs;
- Internal organ damage;
- Complete paralysis; and
- Long-lasting emotional trauma.
Who Can Be Held Liable For Your Bus Collision?
Every bus crash injury claim is different. The bus company, bus operator, manufacturer of the bus, other motorists involved, bus mechanic, or local and state entities could all potentially be held responsible for your damages. Bus companies and drivers must exercise the highest level of care to protect passengers and keep all others on the road safe. Negligence results from a breach of this crucial legal obligation. Breaches can happen in various ways, such as improper lane changing, failure to stop, speeding, unsuitable bus operating practices, lack of inspection, defective bus tires, and bus overloading. To prevail, you must be able to demonstrate that your injuries were caused by the responsible party’s careless act or failure to act and that you sustained actual damages.
Call The Dietrich Law Firm P.C.’s Elite Buffalo, New York Bus Accident Attorneys Today!
For over two decades, our team of highly experienced personal injury lawyers and legal professionals at the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. has represented the legal rights of bus accident victims. Our goal is to help ease your financial burdens so that you can move on and live your life to the fullest. Jed Dietrich, Esq., distinguished as an American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys 10 Best Attorneys, aggressively fought to obtain a settlement of $2,400,000 in compensation for the family of a 49-year-old pedestrian who sustained fatal injuries after being hit by a bus. Our battle-tested attorneys know how to obtain the compensation that you deserve and refuse to be intimidated by large insurance companies. Please do not wait any longer to contact the Dietrich Law Firm P.C.’s seasoned team. We are available twenty-four-seven at 716-839-3939 or by CLICKING HERE.