When you board a bus, you are putting your safety and security in the hands of the bus driver and bus company. Unfortunately, accidents involving busses can occur for a variety of reasons. Whether you ride the bus for daily commutes to work and school or you utilize busses for long distance trips, it is important to be aware of the real risks of bus accidents.
Why Bus Crashes Occur
Bus crashes can involve passenger cars and other vehicles, pedestrians, bikers, or the bus alone. There are thousands of reported bus accidents each year in the United States, resulting in thousands of injuries and hundreds of deaths. Although the causes of bus crashes vary, some of the more commonly-reported types of accidents were due to:
- Parts failure. If a bus does not receive the proper service and maintenance, parts can fail and cause the bus to crash.
- Road obstacles and defects. Busses may collide with obstacles or debris in the road from construction sites, or may surpass the weight limit for certain roads or bridges.
- Bus driver error. Drivers who are fatigued from traveling long distances or drivers who lack appropriate experience may make serious mistakes that result in accidents.
- Reckless driving. Passenger cars often speed around busses or tailgate them closely, increasing the risk of an accident.
The risk of injury in a bus accident is high, since many bus passengers do not wear seat belts and because there is a high risk of rollovers.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a bus, contact the Wisconsin bus accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling 800-242-2874.