According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there were 73 school buses, 95 transit buses, 32 van-based buses, and 13 cross-country intercity buses involved in fatal crashes in 2017. Because buses are large vehicles, they are an injury risk not only for the drivers and passengers themselves, but also for neighboring vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists.
Much like large or semi-trucks, bus accidents are usually caused by a combination of driver errors and the nature of handling a large vehicle. Quick stops, sharp turns, blind spots, and other misjudgments can easily cause a tragic accident.
Accidental injuries caused by buses depend on the size of the bus, the speed of the bus, the experience of the bus driver, the weather, and more. Because buses are taller than most passenger vehicles, they are more likely to roll over. Combine that with the lack of safety restraints on most school and intercity buses, and it’s no wonder that bus accidents can result in some extreme and even fatal injuries, including being ejected from the bus itself.
At Sayegh Law in Southern California, we are experienced in all areas of personal injury law, including bus accident injuries and wrongful death claims. If you, a child, or a loved one has been injured in a bus-related accident in San Dimas, Laverne, Glendora, or the surrounding areas, contact us today to get help with your bus accident injury claim.