Bus Accidents and Bus Accident Lawyers

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Do to a population explosion in American cities and an exponential increase in road and highway traffic, commuters and travelers are using public transportation at the highest rate ever. As a direct consequence of this rise in use, the number of injuries and death resulting from bus accidents is at an all time high.

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Safety Issues and Bus Accidents

A major safety issue concerns children. There are approximately 450,000 school buses transporting 23.5 million elementary and secondary school children to and from school each day in America, often without restraint systems or seatbelts. An astonishingly high number of dangerous incidents occur, as 12,000 of those children are injured each year in school bus accidents. Although many of these injuries are minor, some are catastrophic and as many as 11 children a year die as a result of a school bus accident.

Bus accident statistics:

  • There are on average 360 million bus passengers each year
  • These passengers travel 28 billion combined passenger miles
  • Motorcoach passengers ride account for 945 million of these miles
  • There are 30,000 commercial buses for tours, charters, special operations, and regular route services in the United States
  • There are 4,000 motorcoach companies
    • Between 1993 and 1997, 141 motorcoach accidents caused 21 deaths and 442 injuries
  • Between 1987 and 1996, interstate motorcoaches had an average fatality rate of 4.3 passenger deaths per year

Types of Buses in Accidents:

Public and Private Buses

Whether you or someone you know has been injured in a school bus, passenger bus, passenger van, or shuttle bus accident, help is a click away. Public and private buses also have accidents that result in passenger injuries. If you were injured as a passenger on a bus, you may have extra incentive to seek reparations for your injuries. Because buses are "common carriers," their legal responsibility for their passengers is higher than the negligence duty owed by the bus company to drivers of other vehicles and pedestrians.

Injuries from a Bus Accident

Bus accident injuries are traumatic enough without having to drown in unceasing medical bills and logistical suffering. You deserve to be compensated for your experience as quickly and comprehensively as possible. Don't waste any time, for varying statute of limitation laws (legal time constraints) can impede or terminate your case if too much time passes after the accident.

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Types of Bus Accidents - Most Common Type of Bus Accident

15 Passenger Van Rollover Accident lawyer

While traffic-related injuries and fatalities affect drivers and passengers in every kind of vehicle, 15 person passenger vans are especially prone to devastating accidents. These large vehicles are primarily used to transport the driver and fourteen other passengers, and are primarily used by churches, schools, businesses, and other organizations to carry people and large amounts of equipment. Because the passenger weight in a fully loaded van raises the center of gravity and shifts it rearward, it increases the likelihood of a rollover.

The rollover situation has become so dire that many insurance companies have dropped coverage on these vehicles. In fact, in April of 2001, the U. S. Department of Transportation issued a warning regarding the use of 15-passenger vans, stating that these vehicles had an increased risk of rollover under certain conditions and reinforcing that fact that drivers have to be extra vigilant while operating these vehicles. The most recent advisory was issued in June 2004 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reaffirming a warning the federal agency made a year earlier that the risk of a rollover crash increases greatly when 10 or more people ride in one of these vehicles.

The auto industry needs to be held accountable for this kind of flagrant disregard for consumer safety. If you've been injured in a 15 passenger van accident, you may qualify for reparations for your experience. Don't waste any time before standing up for what you deserve. Click on your state to find a passenger van lawyer in your state or city or simply begin to fill out the free case review form before it's too late - due to varying statute of limitations constraints, your case can be terminated before you can collect. You should never have to pay out of your own pocket for being the innocent victim of a 15 passenger van accident!

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Public Bus Accident:

Although public buses once had dubious reputations, they have recently gained respect as an efficient and enjoyable transportation alternative to the mushrooming congestion in cities and rural areas alike. More and more Americans are traveling by bus each year.

Buses themselves have one of the best records in public transportation safety in America, but this is not always the case. The sheer size of public buses - coupled with a lack of seatbelts and other safety devices - can be a lethal combination. If you've been unlucky enough to be involved in a bus accident, you are probably aware of the destruction that these types of accidents can leave in their wake. Whether you're involved in single bus accident or a multiple vehicle collision, a bus accident can cause devastating and life-threatening injuries.

Since many bus companies are public entities, claims for damages are more complicated because of the government entity involvement - and there are therefore strict time limitations. You deserve an attorney who understands the complexities associated with bus accidents - click on your state to find a bus accident lawyer in your state or city or simply begin to fill out the free case review form before it's too late.

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School Bus Accident:

Yellow school buses are American symbols of childhood and innocence, but there is a dark side to this method of transportation. There are approximately 450,000 school buses transporting 23.5 million elementary and secondary school children to and from school each day in the United States, often without restraint systems or seatbelts. Tragically, 12,000 of those children are injured each year in school bus accidents. Although many of these injuries are minor, some are catastrophic and as many as 11 children a year die as a result of a school bus accident.

If you or your child has been injured in a school bus accident, you may be able to file a claim against the bus company or the owner of the bus to receive compensation for your suffering. These losses may include everything from medical expenses to pain and suffering and emotional distress.

Protecting your children is one of the most important jobs in the world, and it should always be treated as such. There's no excuse for continued safety infractions and preventable school bus accidents - ever. Click on your state to find an accident lawyer in your state or city or simply begin to fill out the free case review form today.

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Shuttle Bus Accident:

When you're running late from your hotel to catch a flight, a shuttle bus can seem like a godsend. The use of these buses has increased tenfold over the years as airplane traffic expands across the globe, and they have become an integral part of the hospitality and travel industries. Shuttle travel is a convenient way to get to your destination while traveling, but utilizing these vehicles does not come without risks.

Because of the size and shape of a shuttle bus, there are many more opportunities for collisions with other vehicles - and those accidents can cause more serious injuries. Though the speed of shuttles is usually less than that of other large vehicles, the awkward shape and frequent stopping can create dangerous blind spots on the road.

If you've been hurt in a shuttle bus accident, don't let any more time expire before seeking rightful reparations for your injuries. The companies that manufacture shuttle buses and the companies that utilize them need to be held responsible for preventable injuries and death. Click on your state to find a shuttle bus lawyer in your state or city or simply begin to fill out the free case review form before varying statute of limitations constraints hinder your ability to get what you deserve.

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