Bus Accident Info and Tips
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said that more than 700 million people were transported by bus every year in the United States. However, about 63,000 buses are involved in crashes, collisions, and accidents every year. About 14,000 of these crashes injure someone, and 325 kill someone. As a result, about 50 people die every year in bus accidents. *source
While in some cases, the driver in these accidents is at fault, in many cases the responsible parties include:
- The bus company
- The manufacturer of the bus and bus equipment
- Other drivers on the road
- And, if it is a public bus, local or state governments
- Drunk or drugged driving
- Recklessly driving
- Environment conditions
- Dangerous roads
- Defective equipment
- Improper maintenance or repairs
- Inexperienced bus drivers
- Aging bus drivers
In fact, a 2012 study published in the Journal of Safety Research found that young novice drivers increased the risk of severe accidents, while the accident severity for drivers over 55 years old jumped by 33.1 percent for severe non-incapacitating injuries, and 52 percent for severe incapacitating injuries.
If you or a family member is involved in a bus accident, it is important that you get medical attention for your injuries. Keep in mind that shock and adrenaline can mask pain, so you may not know you are hurt until you get to the hospital. Your attorney will also need your medical records when you seek compensation for the accident.
These records are always important, but even more so if you suffer a severe or debilitating injury. Your attorney will help you seek compensation for severe injuries like traumatic brain injury, spinal cord damage, or for other common injuries like soft tissue injuries, shoulder dislocations, broken hips, wrists, arms, and ribs.
It’s no secret that insurance companies aggressively protect their bottom line and part of how they do this is by keeping settlement offers low. People who are seriously hurt in crashes may be surprised when they receive a settlement offer that’s so low it doesn’t even cover medical expenses.
When you file a bus accident lawsuit, you may be eligible to seek financial recovery for current and future medical bills, property damage, pain and suffering, and for the wages you may lose while recovering from your injuries. If a family member was killed in a bus crash, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim.
If you have been hurt in a truck crash, having to worry about medical costs, bills, daily living costs, and supporting yourself and your family will only slow recovery and healing. Fortunately, financial compensation may be available to you for your injuries, suffering, lost wages, and other damages. Fill out the form for a free consultation and learn more about how to recover compensation for your injuries and losses.