When you climb aboard a city bus – or your child boards the school bus – you expect an easy, uneventful trip. In general, this is true, given that far fewer buses get into accidents than private vehicles. In fact, according to national statistics, only 234 buses were involved in fatal crashes in 2014. However, when buses do have accidents, resulting injuries can be worse than in the average car accident, and your financial losses higher. A bus accident lawyer can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Why Are Bus Accidents So Dangerous?
The lack of safety features for riders is one of the main reasons bus accidents are so dangerous. In general, buses do not have seatbelts or airbags that protect riders during a collision. You can get tossed around, making contact with other passengers, personal belongings, windows and seats, and you can easily get hurt. Also, due to height and balance issues, buses have a significant rollover potential, posing a serious injury risk.
What Makes a Bus Accident Different?
Public bus drivers are responsible for the safety of their passengers. Like other common carriers, such as taxi drivers, the law obligates them to protect their riders with a high degree of vigilance. As a victim of a bus collision, you are entitled to full compensation.
However, several factors complicate your personal injury case in a bus accident. For example, if the driver of another vehicle is at fault, you must file a claim as a third party to the accident. You may need to file an official notice with the government entity that oversees the bus service as well as an insurance claim. Fortunately, your bus accident lawyer knows how to help.