Buses, including school buses, mass transit buses, and private charter buses transport millions of passengers each year in the United States. Unfortunately, bus accidents result in thousands of personal injuries each year and can even result in death. So far this year, nearly 70 crashes involving large trucks and buses have occurred in Orleans Parish alone. Bus accidents are caused by a number of factors, including the weather, operator error, speed, driver fatigue, intoxication and maintenance violations.
Causes of Bus Accidents
Bus accidents can result from many different factors. Poor weather conditions, operator error, failure to maintain the bus, defective design, and speed and other traffic violations are just a few examples of circumstances that may cause a bus collision.
Bus companies have a duty to ensure drivers are properly trained and properly rested. Drivers who are fatigued from excessive hours on the road put passengers and other drivers in danger. Now more than ever, bus drivers are putting lives in jeopardy by talking and texting on cellular telephones while driving. It is important for bus drivers to avoid using technological devices while transporting passengers. Bus owners and operators should also make sure that buses are properly cared for and maintained. Improper maintenance can result in devastating crashes.
Bus Accident Injuries and Damages
When a bus collision occurs, the parties involved often suffer life-changing injuries. These injuries may include head trauma, lacerations, broken bones and internal injuries. Passengers may not be able to work after a collision and may accumulate insurmountable medical bills.
If you have been injured in a bus accident, it is important to seek medical treatment immediately and to contact a bus accident attorney. A bus accident attorney at The Lambert Firm can help determine who is liable and can file a claim for lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. Contact an attorney at The Lambert Firm here or call us at 1-800-521-1750.