Many Oklahoma residents are turning to public buses as their primary mode of transportation, particularly due to the tough economic times. When a single public bus is involved in an accident, many people are often involved. These types of accidents will often result in significant damage. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), around 1,000 people are injured each month as a result of a transit or public bus accident across the country.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a transit or public bus crash, you may be able to seek legal action at those to blame for the accident. You may be eligible to recover compensation for current and future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages incurred in the wreck.
To begin exploring your legal options, we encourage you to contact our lawyers today by completing the Free Case Review form on this page.
Common Causes of Transit Bus Accidents
Contrary to popular belief, public transportation systems are often involved in collisions. Public transportation has surged in popularity in recent years, with many Oklahoma drivers choosing to leave their vehicles at home to use public buses, a cheaper alternative to skyrocketing fuel prices. These motorists opt to ride public buses, believing they are a safe alternative; however, public bus accidents are not uncommon.
Some of the most common contributing factors to Tulsa public bus accidents include:
- Sudden lane changes
- A bus veering off the road
- Pedestrians walking in the bus lane
- Other vehicles stopping in the bus lane and blocking the bus route
- A bus traveling at speeds too great for weather conditions
Even though there are many outside causes that can result in a transit bus crash, one of the top causes is bus driver error.
When transit buses are involved in an accident, the aftermath is usually catastrophic. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with a public bus, it is important that you seek legal counsel right away. Oklahoma has a strict statute of limitations for filing an injury claim and failing to do so within a reasonable amount of time could significantly hinder your ability to recover fair compensation for your losses.
We encourage you to speak with one of our lawyers today to see how we may be able to help you with your claim. Simply complete the Free Case Review form on this page to get started.
Dangers of Public Buses
There is a high probability of catastrophic injuries, fatalities and property damage when public buses are involved in a crash with a much smaller car, given the huge size discrepancy between the two vehicles.
There is very little protection for passengers of a bus in the event of a collision. Many public buses are not equipped with seatbelts or other safety devices. Passengers are at risk of being thrown around the cabin and may crash into steel bars, windows and other objects, which can result in severe and fatal injuries.
Not to mention, bus passengers are usually engaged in other activities, like reading a book, texting, or talking on the phone. Their inattentiveness could make them unprepared to react when a collision occurs.
Size of Transit Buses
Given the size and weight of transit buses and the high speeds in which they travel, when they collide with a smaller car, they often generate a devastating and tremendous force. Passengers of the car often experience the brunt of this force; however, passengers of the bus are also extremely vulnerable to injury.
Transit buses also tend to be top-heavy to allow for extra room in the cabin for passengers. This design makes public buses especially susceptible to rollover accidents.
Contact an Oklahoma Bus Accident Attorney Today
If you or a loved one has been injured in an Oklahoma transit or public bus crash, you may be able to pursue compensation for your losses. Accident victims may be entitled to recover losses for current and future medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages associated with the accident. We encourage injury victims to seek legal guidance right away after being involved in an accident with a large commercial vehicle. An experienced lawyer can explain the legal rights and options that are available to you.
At The Edwards Law Firm, we have the skills and resources necessary to handle all types of bus accidents, including those involving public buses. Our lawyers offer free legal consultations to all accident victims in Tulsa and the surrounding communities.
For more information on the legal rights which may be available to Oklahoma transit bus accident victims and their families or to schedule a confidential, no-obligation case evaluation with one of our attorneys, we encourage you to contact our firm today by completing the Free Case Review form on this page.