Californians of all ages travel to school and work on buses. They’re an affordable, accessible and widely available form of transportation, but when things go wrong, the consequences are devastating.
City buses weigh 15 to 20 tons. They stop slowly and are too cumbersome to avoid oncoming hazards. Plus, many buses operate in areas with heavy traffic. For these reasons, accidents often cause injuries, property damage, and fatalities. If you were involved in a bus accident in the San Bernardino area, one of our experienced attorneys can help you recover compensation.
Bus Accident Statistics
Buses are big business. Nationally, there are approximately 890,000 buses registered to private coach companies, schools, and transit authorities in the United States. In San Bernardino alone, the local transit authority has some 285 buses in its fleet. Because these vehicles travel on nearly every local roadway and major highway, it’s not surprising that accidents are common. Even children who ride the bus are vulnerable. According to the National Safety Council, 5,000 school-bus passengers were injured during traffic collisions in 2016. Here are a few other statistics that illustrate the severity of these accidents.
- According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 67,000 bus crashes occurred on the nation’s roadways in 2015.
- Property damage was reported in more than 50,000 bus crashes, and injuries were reported in 14,000 collisions.
- Approximately 8 percent of nonfatal accidents and 12 percent of fatal accidents involve trucks and buses.
- In 2016, 18 of the 227 fatal bus accidents reported to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) occurred in California.
- According to the Center for National Truck and Bus Safety Statistics, 60 percent of fatal bus accidents involve other vehicles, and 25 percent involve pedestrians.
- Local transit authority Omnitrans reported more than 450 bus accidents in a 12-month period between 2017 and 2018, which equals 57 accidents per million miles traveled.