Every year, there are anywhere from 11,000 to 15,000 bus accidents in the United States. In fact, in 2008, around 24,000 people were injured and 307 people were killed in accidents involving busses. 67 of these fatalities were of bus occupants, while the 250 other deaths were other drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and cyclists.
Causes of Bus Crashes
Bus crashes can be caused by:
- Driver error. The driver of the bus makes a mistake that causes the bus crash. Often, bus drivers are overly-tired from driving long distances.
- Road defects. Obstacles, debris, or defective road construction can cause a bus driver to lose control of the vehicle.
- Mechanical failure. Brakes, accelerators, tires, engines, or other bus equipment may fail and cause a bus to crash.
- Other motorists. Other drivers out on the road may pull out in front of a bus, crash into the side of a bus, or otherwise cause a serious accident.
Busses and other large vehicles present a particular hazard to other passenger vehicles out on the road. A collision between a large bus and a small passenger car may prove fatal for the car’s occupants. Busses themselves are also highly risky, as they are at an increased risk of rolling over during a crash, and not all busses require passengers to wear seatbelts.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a bus accident, the Iowa bus crash lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. may be able to help you seek the legal compensation you need for your losses. To learn more, contact our offices today by calling 877-327-2600.