Florida Bus Accidents
Buses offer a cost-effective and often convenient option for travelers, and are an important part of a public transportation system. They help people get to work, get children to school, or assist our seniors to maintain independence. For all the benefits that buses provide, whenever we board a bus we are putting our safety in the hands of drivers, transportation companies or organizations, and bus manufacturers.
A bus may weigh 40,000 pounds and the forces involved when an accident occurs can be devastating. Sadly, despite requests from the National Transportation Safety Board beginning in 1968, most bus manufacturers do not equip buses with seat belts. Most buses are also designed with a very tall overall height, which leaves them with an extremely high center of gravity. The risk for a rollover crash is extremely high with buses, and drivers must be particularly careful to avoid sharp turns.
Causes of Bus Accidents in Tampa
Part of what makes a bus accident so devastating is that the effects are multiplied by the number of people who suffer a serious injury. Some of the major causes of bus accidents on the roads of Florida include:
- Undertrained drivers
- Unsafe driving conditions on roads
- Mechanical failure, such as the brakes or steering
- Vehicular defect
- Driver fatigue
How common are bus accidents in the U.S.?
According to the Center for National Truck and Bus Safety Statistics, about 9,000 bus accidents take place in the United States each year—which subsequently result in around 12,000 injuries and 330 fatalities. Most of these fatal accidents involve the passenger of another car or a pedestrian. In fact, about 60% of collisions involve another vehicle, while an additional 25% involve at least one pedestrian. The causes of these accidents are infinite, as a collision of this magnitude could be the result of anything from driver fatigue to less than favorable weather conditions.
What is important to understand, however, is that it is the responsibility of the driver—whether they are operating a school bus, a public bus or a charter bus—to adhere to the rules of the road and take the necessary precaution to keep their passengers safe. Failing to do so could leave them susceptible to a personal injury lawsuit. As such, you should not hesitate to discuss the circumstances of your case with an experienced attorney if you have been injured at the hands of a negligent bus driver in Florida.
Seeking Compensation in Bus Accident Injury Cases
Bus accident cases often involve large corporations and multiple insurance companies. If the accident occurred while aboard public transportation, the case will likely also include various levels of government bureaucracy. One thing you can count on is that the insurance companies will try to settle the matter as quickly and inexpensively as possible. It is important to have someone standing up to these large companies and bureaucracies and fighting for your best interests, so do not hesitate to consult with a Tampa personal injury lawyer from Florida Law Group today.