Why Midland-Odessa Bus Accidents Happen
Bus accidents are almost always preventable and happen because of the negligence of one or more parties. When operated safely, buses are a great form of mass transit. When operated unsafely, tragic and preventable accidents occur. Several factors are frequent contributors to serious bus accidents.
Common causes or factors that can lead to bus accidents include:
- No safety restraints for passengers
- Poorly trained bus drivers
- Lack of regular bus maintenance
- Reckless or negligent bus driving
- Bus driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
After a bus accident, multiple parties might be responsible. First, the bus operator might be liable for failing to maintain vehicles and training safe drivers. Next, bus drivers can be found negligent for driving under the influence, driving while exhausted, or being generally unsafe. Occasionally, manufacturers are responsible for making faulty parts that trigger accidents or failing to design a bus that protects occupants.
In other words, bus accidents are usually preventable, and someone should be held accountable after one happens.
Why Buses Are Dangerous During Accidents
Besides semi-trucks, buses are some of the largest vehicles on the road. Their large size and heavy weight combine to have a devastating effect on bus passengers as well as the occupants of smaller vehicles. Since buses can carry dozens of people at once, all factors combine to make an accident that can change the lives and well-being of countless people at once. When we get into a car, one of the first things we do is put on our seatbelts. Yet, we don’t have this same habit when it comes to buses. Often bus passengers are not wearing safety restraints during accidents, even if their vehicle is equipped with them. The weak roof of a bus, large windows, and the forces exerted during an accident often mean that riders are at the mercy of physics during an accident.
Call a Midland-Odessa Bus Accident Firm That Fights for Clients
At Arnold & Itkin LLP, we’re proud of our reputation for being a Midland-Odessa personal injury firm that fights for the results that clients need. By never settling for less, we’ve held negligent companies and individuals accountable by recovering billions of dollars on behalf of clients. We know the people who come to us are going through one of the most difficult moments they’ll ever experience. We’re never satisfied until we’re convinced what we’re doing is making a difference for them. We fight for results because they mean the rebuilding of lives.
Our bus accident lawyers are ready to hear your story and discuss how we may be able to help you. Call (888) 493-1629 today to request your free, confidential consultation.