There’s a certain level of trust you have when taking the bus. You believe that you’re traveling in a well-maintained vehicle operated by a trained, competent driver. And when that trust is violated, you could be left with serious injuries.
When you get into a bus accident, you may be concerned about compensation. It’s not like when you are driving your own vehicle. Will your insurance company be paying your medical bills? How will you make up the lost time at work? And if you lost a loved one in the accident, who will pay the funeral expenses?
The Pennsylvania bus accident lawyers at Fellerman & Ciarimboli has been helping bus accident victims throughout the Keystone State. We understand how the insurance system works in PA and will aggressively go after the responsible parties to get you the compensation that you deserve.
Bus Accidents on the Rise
Although it’s not as common as getting into an accident with another driver or a tractor-trailer, bus accidents can happen and they can be deadly.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, there were 15,000 bus accidents in 2015, causing 24,000 injured persons. Of that number, 257 were fatal accidents with 49 of the fatalities were bus occupants, an increase over 2014 numbers. School buses were in the majority of these fatal accidents, followed by mass transit buses and commercial buses.
In 2016, 1.3 percent of all fatal motor vehicle accidents in Pennsylvania and 397 injury crashes involved a commercial bus. This shows that when you get into an accident with a bus, the results could be fatal.
Causes of Bus Accidents in Pennsylvania
What can cause a bus crash to occur? Many of the factors are similar to any type of motor vehicle accident:
- Distracted Driving – Driving while texting or talking on the phone is a serious problem in this country. Even bus drivers are prone to look at their phone while behind the wheel.
- Driver Fatigue – Long hours behind the wheel can take their toll on anyone, especially those who drive for a living.
- Mechanical Errors – It is the responsibility of the bus company or organization to make sure the vehicles are in top shape. But sometimes, that’s not the case.
- Driver Error – The driver may not have been trained properly, was inexperienced or was intoxicated at the time of the accident.