Trucking and Motor Vehicle Accidents Bus Accidents
Buses carry a greater risk for injury or death in the event of an accident because of their size, weight, and occupancy. With the potential to do so much harm, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) set strict guidelines for bus companies and their drivers. Even a slight deviation from these federal safety standards can result in serious bus accident injuries.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 4,455 people were killed in large truck and bus accidents in 2017. Bus accidents are actually far more deadly to passengers in other vehicles involved in the accident than they are to passengers riding in the bus itself.
Causes of Bus Accidents
All buses, from private tour buses to those involved in public transportation, can experience crashes on a regular basis. Bus companies and drivers can be at fault for an accident when they fail to comply with federal and/or state law. Buses by their very nature have blind spots due to their size, making it hard for the driver to see.
Other causes include but are not limited to:
- Careless driving
- Poor training or supervision
- Bus driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Driving in poor weather conditions
- Defective bus equipment, such as brakes or tires
- Improper bus maintenance
- Dangerous roadways
Accidents involving a bus tend to be far more complex than a standard motor vehicle accident. More than one party may be responsible for the resulting damages. For example, one or more of the following entities may have played a role in causing a bus accident:
- The bus driver
- The driver of a separate vehicle involved in an accident
- The owner of the bus for failing to inspect, maintain, or repair the bus
- The operator of the bus for failing to inspect, maintain, or repair the bus
- The repair company in charge of fixing the bus
- The bus manufacturer
- The manufacturer of a defective component part for the bus
Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers
Victims of bus accidents are entitled to recover damages for expenses, such as medical bills, lost wages, reduced earning capacity, destruction of property, pain and suffering, and more. Be sure you have an experienced representative on your side when dealing with a bus company and its representatives. Craft Law Firm has successfully handled bus accident cases across the country, and we welcome the chance to help your family. Contact us today.