If you live in a scenic area or a thriving city, you are familiar with the sight of buses making their way down the road. Between urban transportation, seasonal tourism and, of course, school buses, most drivers will spend at least part of the year negotiating their way around these large, slow-moving vehicles.
While the ratio of buses to other vehicles on the road is small—only 1 bus to every 277 cars—bus accidents cause grave damage when they happen. It is estimated that an average of 63,000 buses are involved in an accident each year. About 14,000 bus accidents cause injury to at least one person, while 325 bus accidents result in a fatality.
Bus accidents tend to take the greatest toll on pedestrians and other vehicles. You are 4 times as likely to be seriously injured by a bus accident if you not inside the bus when the accident happens. However, passengers are not immune to the consequences of bus accidents. About 50 passengers (including the driver) are killed each year in bus accidents.
If you have been involved in a bus accident and want to know what your legal options are, call accident attorney Jordon Harlan for a free consultation about your situation.
How Do Bus Accidents Happen
Because buses are so much larger and heavier than many other vehicles on the road, they require extra care, not only from bus drivers but also from other drivers and from pedestrians. The same hazards that impact all vehicles—potholes, icy patches, mechanical failures or blown tires—are multiplied when they happen to buses.
Many bus accidents happen because another driver fails to exercise proper caution when sharing the road with a bus. This is especially true regarding school buses, which involve a special set of laws that many drivers fail to obey.
Other bus accidents take place because of the bus driver’s carelessness. While bus drivers ought to be highly trained to ensure they can handle a vehicle of that size, it is a sad fact that some are put behind the wheel before they are prepared to drive safely.
With a school bus accident, or any crash involving a government vehicle, there are special laws that apply to establishing fault and seeking compensation for the accident. Claims for bus accidents must be filed through the government agency, and you have sometimes at little as six months to file your bus accident claim.
When you are a parent, few things are worse than getting a call that the bus your child was riding got involved in an accident. If your child has been injured in a school bus accident, you deserve to receive financial resources that will get them the best possible care. You also have the right to see the person who caused the accident held accountable for their actions.
If you have suffered from a bus accident, chances are good that you have sustained serious injuries as well as damage to your vehicle. Waiting for the authorities to make it right may take more time than you have. In order to make sure that you receive the financial compensation you deserve for the harm you suffered, contact the bus accident attorney Jordon Harlan. Don’t wait until it’s too late to understand your rights. By calling right away, you can make sure that you file a claim within the time limit allowed by law.