Bus Driver Negligence
Motor vehicles and buses are frequently found traveling along the same stretch of road or highway, but if the two collide in an accident the smaller passenger car is at a great disadvantage. Not only are buses heavier and larger in stature than a passenger vehicle, their awkward height and shape makes them susceptible to rollover accidents that will do serious damage to the vehicles in its way.
In 2008 there were 843,308 buses registered in the United States, according to data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. For every 100 million miles traveled by those buses, 343 people were injured from crashes, resulting in a total of 24,000 bus accident injury victims nationwide in 2008 alone.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of bus driver negligence whether as a passenger on their bus, as a pedestrian, or as a driver of another vehicle you may be eligible for compensation which can help cover medical expenses, lost wages from time away from work spent recovering, and the psychological stress and trauma you were exposed to during and after the accident.
The Edwards Law Firm understands how difficult recovering from a bus accident can be on the victims and their families, which is why we always fight for the MAXIMUM amount of compensation eligible to the victims of bus driver negligence.
To find out how we can help, simply fill out the Free Case Review form located on the right side of this page. It is 100% FREE, without any obligation, and your information will always remain completely confidential.
Reasons for Bus Driver Negligence
Bus drivers and the carriers that employ them have a responsibility to other motorists, pedestrians and cyclists to maintain safe driving habits and avoid unnecessary accidents at all cost, however that is not always the case. Bus drivers can develop poor driving habits just like anyone can, and many times they operate their vehicles amid distraction and in a manner that is irresponsible to those with whom they share Oklahomas roads and highways.
Some of the most commonly cited causes of bus driver negligence include:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Fatigued driving
- Driver inexperience
- Texting while driving
- Manual distractions
- Vehicle malfunction
- Poor vehicle maintenance
- Disobeying traffic signs and signals
- to name a few.
Bus drivers have the added weight of carrying a large number of passengers at one time, which can increase the number of individuals who fall victim to bus driver negligence in the event of a crash. By definition, the FMCSA classifies a bus as a vehicle that is able to transport 10 or more passengers, which is a large amount of lives to be responsible for.
Drivers should also have the proper training and carriers need to ensure that their employees are qualified for the job. Driver error is a leading cause of bus accidents, and according to data from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, in 51% of school bus accident-related fatalities, the primary point of impact was the front of the bus.
Additionally, drivers and carriers are responsible for the proper and timely maintenance of all their vehicles, and if injuries or accidents are linked to fault parts or poor maintenance, the driver or carrier could be liable for the crash.
Bus Crash Injuries
Because of their imposing size and shape, buses can inflict a severe amount of damage to the personal property and occupants of those vehicles that are involved in bus collisions. There are several commonly occurring injuries sustained by bus accident victims, and they range from minor bumps and scrapes to serious lacerations, brain trauma and even death.
These injuries include:
- Being thrown from bus
- Brain injury
- Loss of limb, or amputation
- Pedestrian or cyclist struck by bus
- Spinal trauma
- and many others.
Reporting any injuries and seeking medical treatment is paramount following a bus crash. Afterward, reach out to an experienced Oklahoma bus accident lawyer to facilitate the litigation process and make sure your voice is heard in court.
Contact An Experienced Oklahoma Bus Accident Attorney
Here at The Edwards Law Firm, our attorneys believe that an individual suffering from injuries caused by the negligent actions of another has the opportunity to fight for the maximum compensation in the court of law, while holding the negligent party responsible for all losses and damages.
With our main office in Tulsa, we are licensed to serve the entire state of Oklahoma.
A few locations we serve include:
- Sand Springs
To discover more of what our bus accident lawyers have to offer, we welcome you to contact us at (800) 304-9246 where a member of our intake staff will collect the information about your car accident and connect you with one of our helpful attorneys. Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, meaning that we will NOT charge you unless a favorable verdict or settlement has been made.
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