Last week an MTA bus in Nashville was involved in a rear-end collision, injuring one person. Most bus accidents have worse endings. While bus accidents are not common compared to car accidents, studies have found that some 63,000 buses are involved in crashes every year, resulting in about 14,000 injured people and 325 fatalities.
Buses are a common form of public transit. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reports that every year in the United States more than 700 million people are transported by buses, that's more than the entire population of Europe!
In the last few days alone, more than 30 people have been injured and 3 people have died in bus crashes; a fatal crash in Arizona sent dozens to the hospital, dozens of students were injured in two different crashes, and a failure to stop in front of a bus resulted in 5 injuries.
Injuries from a bus accident are often severe. These accidents are usually the result of negligent drivers who crash into buses, or of the negligent driving skills of the bus driver. According to the National Highway traffic Safety Administration, about 20 school children die every year in transportation accidents, most as pedestrians around negligent drivers.
Bus accidents can also be the result of reckless driving, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, faulty bus equipment, inadequate bus maintenance, or inclement weather or dangerous road conditions.
Greyhound, one of the largest bus companies in the country, buses some 18 million passengers 5.5 billion miles across the country. But one study in 2012 found that 37% of all passenger bus crashes are the result of driver fatigue. Most often this is a result of the drivers' failure to follow the G-40 rule: to stop every 150 miles to check the bus, stretch, and generally reduce fatigue. The company treats the rule as more of a guideline than a standard.
There a multiple parties that can be held responsible for injuries from bus accidents including:
- Bus drivers
- Bus companies or the owner of the bus
- Manufacturer of the bus
- Government responsible for poor road conditions
- Other car drivers or the negligent third party
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury from a bus accident, you need to speak to a personal injury attorney. There are many complicated deadlines and rules surrounding bus accidents, from statutes of limitations that limit how long victims have to file a claim, to complicated liability issues and insurance dealings.
Victims who suffered injuries in a bus accident may be eligible for compensation for your injuries. Victims can receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and physical and emotional pain and suffering,
Call the Law Offices of Luvell L. Glanton today at 615-244-4511 to schedule a free consultation.