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Bus Accidents

Public Transportation and Bus Accidents

Millions of Americans rely on public transportation every day, and as the use of buses, trolleys, and trams increases, so does the number of serious and fatal accidents. With more routes needed to meet commuter needs, bus companies are relying more and more on overworked, fatigued, and inexperienced drivers.

While bus accidents can be dangerous for the passengers on the bus, most often they result in the injury or death of non-passengers including the occupants of other vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians. When a negligent driver is responsible for such an accident, the driver’s employer may be held accountable as well.

BUS ACCIDENT STATISTICS

  • In 2010, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported 54,000 bus accidents resulting in 278 deaths and 27,000 injuries.
  • In 2011, the number of bus accidents rose to 56,000 leading to 283 deaths and 24,000 injuries.
  • According to the NHTSA, school buses were involved in 1,236 fatal accidents between 2001 and 2010, resulting in 1,368 deaths – about 137 deaths every year.

CAUSES OF BUS ACCIDENTS

  • Distracted Driving
    • Negligence
    • Texting or Talking on a Cell Phone while Driving
    • Driver Fatigue
    • Failure to See or Yield to Other Vehicles, Bicyclists, or Pedestrians.
  • Poor Vehicle Maintenance
  • Failure to Adhere to Traffic Laws
    • Tailgating
    • Failure to Use Proper Signals
    • Unsafe Lane Changes
    • Unsafe Changes of Direction
    • Reckless Driving
BUS COMPANY RESPONSIBILITY IN BUS ACCIDENTS

If it is determined that a bus driver was negligent in an accident, the driver’s employer may be liable for:

  • Failure to Properly Train Drivers
  • Failure to Maintain Vehicle
  • Failure to Verify Proper Licensing/Certification
  • Negligent Hiring Practices
  • Negligent Supervision
  • Negligent Entrustment

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