Have You Been Injured in a Serious Bus Accident?
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The Dangers of Public Transportation & Bus Accidents
No type of motor vehicle accident will be free of consequences—whether only a few scratches and bruises are incurred or catastrophic injuries result. This is particularly true of bus accidents. Bus accidents are likely to result in injuries to the parties involved; and there are almost always many parties involved.
Passengers may sustain injuries due to the following:
- Lack of safety restraints
- Inadequately trained drivers
- Improperly maintained busses
- Negligent bus drivers
- Bus drivers under the influence
Bus mechanics can also contribute to accidents. Because these vehicles are so large, their brakes are under tremendous pressure and must be frequently examined and well-maintained. Unfortunately, many maintenance problems are ignored by bus operators so that the vehicles can continue their operations and not undercut company profits. Particularly when proper maintenance is ignored, additional stressors like overloaded or crowded buses can cause or contribute to bus accidents and related injuries.
Safety Restraints: A Factor in Bus Accident Injuries
In March 2012, the U.S. Senate approved bus safety legislation tightening requirements for bus drivers as well as the companies that operate the vehicles. The bill was introduced after a 2007 bus crash in Atlanta that killed seven people. In that accident, the bus driver accidentally drove the vehicle onto an exit ramp and crashed through a barrier wall, causing the bus to fall onto the highway below. An investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board into the accident placed blame on driver error and poor traffic signals.
Among other things, the bill requires bus designs to include seat belts and stronger seating systems to reduce the risk of injuries to passengers in the event of an accident. Investigators believe that fewer passengers would have died in the Atlanta accident had the bus been equipped with seat belts. The legislation also calls for more advanced training for bus drivers, and the installation of anti-ejection glazing windows, which can help reduce the risk of passengers being thrown from buses in the event of a collision or crash.
How Are Other Cars, Bicycle & Pedestrians Endangered?
During a bus accident, the safety and wellbeing of other car drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians on the roadways will be jeopardized. While the large size of a bus perfectly serves the purpose of transporting many individuals at once, it also poses a problem for others on the road, particularly when it comes to an accident. There is a significant difference in size and weight when comparing a bus to a passenger vehicle. On the road, a bus could easily cause serious damage to the smaller, less heavy vehicle if they were to collide into each other.
Call a Houston Bus Accident Attorney Today
Unfortunately, recovering damages after being injured in a bus accident can be challenging. Many buses are owned or operated by government entities, making liability more complicated. Even if you have been injured on a privately owned bus, filing a bus accident complaint is nothing like dealing with the aftermath of a normal car accident. Deadlines to file required notices pass very quickly, often within days of the incident. Almost immediate action must be taken to preserve a claim against the responsible party.
Arnold & Itkin is prepared to take on your injury accident case. We have successfully recovered billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements, and we know what it takes to successfully help you do the same. Bus accident victims should not suffer any more than they already have from their injuries, and we are here to make sure that everything possible is done to help prevent further pain and suffering.