A 38 foot standard passenger bus fully loaded can weigh over 40,000 pounds. These vehicles are big, bulky, and difficult to operate. The fully loaded bus traveling at 55 mph may take 300 feet or more to safely stop. These massive machines can be very dangerous to passengers, other drivers and pedestrians if not properly operated.
Bus accidents cause thousands of injuries and deaths each year. Given the size and weight of the fully loaded bus, these injuries can be catastrophic and life-changing. We represents people injured in bus accidents, whether by public transportation, a Bi-State bus, a Greyhound bus, school bus or any other commercial transportation bus.
Causes of Bus Accidents
A critical part bus accident investigation is determining the cause of the accident. Common causes of bus accidents include:
- Bus driver fatigue. A tired bus driver is a public safety hazard. Federal regulations choir that bus companies ensure that their drivers follow rules limiting the time drivers can work without rest. Drivers and companies sometimes fail to follow these rules and the results can be catastrophic.
- Aggressive driving. Bus driving can be as stressful job. Sometimes bus drivers simply drive to aggressively by cutting off drivers or following too closely.
- Excessive speed. It is important for all drivers to follow the speed limit. It is especially important for bus drivers they must drive the speed appropriate for the weather traffic conditions. This is critical considering long distance can take for a fully loaded bus to break.
- Distracted driving. Bus subject to the same distractions as other drivers, including cell phones, computers, and other electronic devices. In addition, bus drivers can be distracted by unruly passengers for emergencies on the bus.
- Mechanical failure. Failure of the mechanical part passenger bus can to a serious accident.
- Poor maintenance. Bus companies have an obligation to properly maintain their trucks. Fortunately, this does not always happen. But crashes are caused by worn-out brakes bald tires and other maintenance figures.
Experienced Bus Acciddent Attorney
Bus accidents, like tractor-trailer crashes, require an experienced attorney with knowledge of accident reconstruction and the federal regulations that govern bus drivers and bus companies. The bus companies and their insurance companies have the resources to deny claims and fight in court. You need an attorney with the resources and expertise to do the same.
We help people who have been injured in bus accidents. We offer a free consultation so that you may discuss your concerns with an experienced attorney. Contact us online or call our St. Louis office at 314-862-6865 to schedule your free initial consultation. When you meet with us, ask about:
- Evening and weekend appointments
- Home and hospital visits
- No attorneys fees unless you collect