More Commuters are Riding the Bus
Thanks to sky-high gas prices and what seems like more and more traffic on California’s highways, more commuters have decided to start taking the bus. Statistically, buses are one of the safest forms of transportation in the U.S., but with more bus riders mean more buses on the highways, and more buses, unfortunately, means more bus-related accidents each year. The most common bus-related accidents are fatal collisions between buses and cars, as well as pedestrian accidents (Center for National Truck and Bus Safety Statistics). Due to the sheer size of buses compared to other vehicles on the road, collisions often result in serious injuries or even death.
Ways Bus Accidents Occur
While bus drivers are usually trained to operate their large vehicles, bus accidents are typically due to some form of negligence by the driver—improper maintenance of the vehicle, inadequate training of the driver, unfavorable road conditions due to weather or poorly-maintained roads, or malfunctioning equipment. Should an accident occur, most buses do not have seatbelts for their passengers and all passengers are essentially unprotected during a collision.
Not only are there dangers associated with being a passenger on a bus, but there are also dangers for other vehicles on the road with buses, as well as pedestrians that pass by bus routes. According to The Center for National Truck and Bus Safety Statistics, more than 60 percent of bus accident fatalities involve another vehicle, and 25 percent involve a pedestrian. In short, any collision involving a bus could leave one seriously injured.
Hire a Qualified and Experienced Bus Accident Lawyer
Having a qualified and experienced bus accident attorney on your side will ease the burden of having to go up against intimidating insurance companies that often represent bus companies. The attorneys at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. are highly knowledgeable in many areas of personal injury, including bus accidents. It is important to secure an attorney who will have your best interest in mind.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bus accident, let the attorneys at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. take care of you. We offer case consultations at no cost to you, and will aggressively fight to get the compensation that is deserved. Here at the firm, we work on a contingency fee basis, which means no money is owed unless we win your case. Call us today and let us take care of your bus accident needs.