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Bus Accident Statistics

Bus Accident Statistics

Jed Dietrich, Esq. and His Aggressive, Tenacious, and Hardworking Team of Lawyers at the Dietrich Law Firm P.C., an American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys 10 Best Personal Injury Law Firm, Fight to Receive the Best Result for People Injured in Bus Crashes in Buffalo, New York.


Bus Accident StatisticsThe Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999 laid the groundwork to organize the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and outlines the responsibilities dictated to the administration. In accordance with this act, the United States Department of Transportation established the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration maintains safety regulations to prevent bus crashes.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s primary mission is to reduce collisions, injuries, and fatalities involving buses and large trucks. The FMCSA develops and enforces data-driven regulations that balance efficiency and safety. Schools, daycare centers, churches, and coach bus services utilize buses to transport individuals. By examining recent bus collision data, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration can implement relevant safety measures.

Bus Crash Statistics

In one recent year, there was an alarming number of bus collisions. Some facts regarding bus operations throughout the United States include:

  1. Among the 272,480 total registered vehicles in the United States in one recent year, 9,336,998 were single-unit trucks and 983,231 were buses.
  2. For this same year, 3,212.3 billion vehicle miles were traveled by all motor vehicles. Buses accounted for 17.2 billion of the 3,212.3 billion miles traveled.
  3. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration oversees all registered commercial motor vehicles that operate interstate. Also, the FMCSA regulates all registered commercial motor vehicles that carry hazardous materials, as they can be uniquely dangerous.
  4. In the above-mentioned year, 560,809 interstate and intrastate motor carriers were operating in the United States.
  5. During the same year, there were 4,455 fatal bus and large truck crashes in the United States.
  6. New York State’s large truck and bus fatality rate per 100 million total vehicle miles traveled (VMT) for two years was 0.10. For the 122,930 million vehicle miles traveled, there were 117 fatalities.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Activities

New York State - Driver LicenseWhen the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration was a part of the Federal Highway Administration, the main goal of the FMCSA was to prevent “commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.” Now that the administration has expanded, there are more responsibilities bestowed upon the management. Some additional affairs the FMCSA manages include:

  1. Commercial Motor Vehicle Licenses: The FMCSA maintains and develops specific guidelines to license and test commercial motor vehicle drivers. Without such rigorous standards, large truck accidents would occur more frequently. To obtain a New York State commercial motor vehicle license, you must first have a New York State driver’s license or a valid commercial driver’s license from another state. According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, you should study the New York State Commercial Driver’s Manual to access information regarding classes, restrictions, and endorsements of commercial driver’s licenses. Next, it is advisable to apply for a commercial learner permit at a Department of Motor Vehicles office. Drivers must pass a written test and pay an application fee. Also, a potential driver needs to practice with a supervising driver. This supervising driver must have a valid commercial motor vehicle license to operate the commercial motor vehicle used in the instruction.
  2. Data Collection: Careful data collection can improve motor carrier safety. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration tracks statistics and identifies trends. Safety progress reports document large truck and bus crashes, fatalities, and injuries. Furthermore, the FMCSA records and analyzes warning letters issued and safety investigations.
  3. Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement: The FMCSA identifies and removes high-risk carriers to prevent injuries and fatalities on highways throughout the country. Also, the FMCSA arranges research and development of motor carrier technology to promote safety.
  4. Safety Assistance: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration provides New York State with monetary assistance for commercial motor vehicle safety programs, including roadside inspections. This funding contributes to safety maintenance and regulations that reduce bus crash fatalities and injuries.

If you, or a loved one, were injured in a bus accident in Buffalo, New York, you deserve the most compassionate personal injury lawyer to handle your case. Jed Dietrich, Esq., recognized as a Best Attorney of America, and his team of aggressive, tenacious, and hardworking attorneys in Buffalo, New York, will fight for you! Our mission is to provide the highest level of personal injury service. We are dedicated to obtaining the best possible results for those suffering personal injuries in Buffalo, New York, and throughout New York State.

Individuals who have suffered personal injuries as a result of a bus accident may be eligible for monetary compensation for their lost wages or pain and suffering. At the Dietrich Law Firm P.C., we know you deserve fair compensation for your hospital bills, diminished earning capacity, and other expenses. Many former clients of the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. have titled Jed Dietrich, Esq. as the best personal injury lawyer for car accidents in Western New York. Our client testimonials are available to review here.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Systems

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration SystemsThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports the number of bus accidents each year. Unfortunately, there is a trend among recent years that the number of bus accidents each year has been increasing. The FMCSA has developed specific systems to prevent injuries and fatalities that include:

  1. Fatality Analysis Reporting System: The Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) is utilized throughout the year by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. FARS defines a large truck as a “truck with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) greater than 10,000 pounds.” Fatalities and injuries become more likely with massive trucks and buses.
  2. Motor Carrier Management Information System: The Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS) includes important information regarding the safety performance of large trucks and buses, also categorized as commercial motor carriers. Additionally, the MCMIS includes information regarding hazardous materials carried by buses and large motor vehicles. Crash data, inspection data, and investigation files are recorded to monitor safety standards.

The team of aggressive, tenacious, and hardworking lawyers at the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. has experience advocating for people seriously harmed by bus crashes in Buffalo, New York. The Dietrich Law Firm P.C. retrieved a $2,400,000 settlement for the family of a middle-aged pedestrian who was tragically hit by a school bus and sustained fatal injuries.

WERE YOU INJURED IN A BUS ACCIDENT IN BUFFALO, NEW YORK OR OTHER PARTS OF NEW YORK STATE?

CALL JED DIETRICH, ESQ. AND HIS HIGHLY EXPERIENCED TEAM OF BUFFALO, NEW YORK BUS ACCIDENT INJURY ATTORNEYS AT 716-839-3939 NOW TO OBTAIN THE HELP THAT YOU DESERVE!

If you, or a loved one, were injured in a bus accident in Buffalo, New York, contact the Dietrich Law Firm P.C., recognized by Expertise LLC as a Best Car Accident Lawyers law firm, today at 716-839-3939. Our team of top rated and experienced Buffalo, New York bus accident lawyers will fight for the compensation that you deserve! This may include monetary compensation for your lost time from work and your pain and suffering. We want to fight for you now!


Call the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. immediately at 716-839-3939 so that our aggressive, tenacious and hardworking personal injury lawyers can fight to obtain the best result for your personal injury claim in Buffalo, New York. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and there is never a fee until we WIN for you!

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