The public bus system is a significant form of transportation for San Franciscans, especially in and around the metropolitan areas. When you step foot on the bus, you are entrusting your safety and security to the person behind the wheel. Although bus drivers are trained and must pass certification and licensing requirements, accidents are bound to happen. The truth is bus crashes occur more than you think, and the injuries resulting are often serious or deadly. It is essential to understand your options if you or a loved one is injured in an accident involving a bus.
Bus Crash Causes
San Francisco has a booming population. According to the SanFrancisco Weekly, the population grew to 884,363 in 2017, hitting an all-time high for the city. Because of this rapid growth, more people and more traffic provide more congestion on the roadways. This means that bus riders have a higher chance of getting into an accident. Busy roads, however, are not the only reason for a bus accident.
One of the leading causes of bus crashes is the driver acting in negligence. Negligence is breaching a legal duty by acting or failing to act in a certain way. In a bus driver’s case, this would include not paying attention, speeding, not signaling before turning, failing to yield to pedestrians, falling asleep at the wheel, and there have also been cases where bus drivers have been found intoxicated.
The bus driver may not always be the one at fault, however. The bus company that employs a particular bus driver may be held liable for negligence. The company is responsible for supervising operations. If they do not sufficiently train, supervise, or otherwise monitor the bus driver as they should, they could be deemed the legal cause for an accident.
It is important to remember that there are also other drivers on the road. A bus crash could be caused by the negligence of another driver. With the large number of drivers in San Francisco, along with the increase in distracted driving, another driver could easily fail to obey traffic regulations and cause a serious bus accident.
The bus you are driving on could have an unknown mechanical problem, such as a broken taillight, a malfunctioning wheel, suspension, or bad brakes. Any of these problems could cause a bus to crash. Of course, the bus driver and bus company may still be held liable, but it is possible that the manufacturer of the part could also be liable.