From school buses to metro buses, nearly everyone has ridden on a bus at one point in their lives. While these mass transit vehicles are crucial for the transportation of millions of Americans each day, they carry a greater risk for injury or death in the event of an accident because of their size, weight, and occupancy.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), every year there are more than 6,000 bus accidents, leading to more than 300 fatalities and more than 15,000 injuries. Because many buses do not have seatbelts, when these motor vehicles are involved in accidents, the injuries can be severe, including spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, and lacerations.
With the potential to do so much harm, FMCSA has set strict guidelines for bus drivers. For a variety of reasons, these guidelines are not always followed and even a slight deviation from these federal safety standards can result in a bus accident injury.
Causes of Bus Accidents Can Include:
- Failure to properly train bus drivers
- Negligent hiring of drivers with poor driving records
- Fatigued drivers
- Failure to maintain equipment
- Exceeding occupant capacity
- Driving under the influence
- Distracted driving
Safety guidelines are most commonly ignored in an attempt to save money. Training, proper vehicle maintenance, ensuring drivers don’t work too many hours, and/or ensuring buses don’t exceed occupancy limits are things a company might cut corners on to reduce costs.
The financial burden that comes with bus accidents is often very high. Victims often require emergency treatment, surgeries, medications, specialty medical equipment, and/or months of physical therapy to recover their injuries. The staggering medical costs can easily overwhelm a bus accident victim and their family.
Houston Bus Accident Attorneys
Establishing liability in the case of a bus accident can sometimes be difficult. The experienced Houston bus accident attorneys at Craft Law Firm have helped personal injury victims and their families get the compensation they deserve. If you have been injured in a bus accident, contact Craft Law Firm today for a free consultation to discuss your case.