If you look around Dallas, chances are you will notice just how many buses are on the city streets and highways. Greyhound, Megabus, DART, Turimex International, and Tornado Bus are only a handful of the operators, not to mention all the school buses, chartered outfits, and city vehicles. With so many different buses sharing the roads, it’s no wonder accidents happen. The various types of buses are standard on American roads, and they all serve the unique purpose to transport large groups of people at once. Bus accidents aren’t as common as other types of vehicle accidents in Texas, but they do happen. Given the number of people that can travel on a bus at once, these types of accidents are often catastrophic. There are a handful of factors that contribute to how serious bus accidents can be, more on that later.
UNDERSTANDING TEXAS BUS ACCIDENTS
The highways and city roads in Texas are busy, no question about it. And we only expect that this trend will continue as more and more people move to the Lone Star State. Reports indicate that upwards of 1,000 people move to Texas every single day. From July 2017 to July 2018, a shocking 187,545 people decided to call Texas home, 104,976 of whom came from countries outside of the United States. Given the high volume of people on our highways and streets, buses are a common sight.
Not only are they a reliable and smart option for transportation, but buses are generally safe. Passengers are higher off the ground and not as vulnerable for a direct collision. Even though most buses don’t have seatbelts, passengers are often protected by the narrow spaces in between each seat.
However, bus accidents take place more regularly than many people realize. You’ve probably caught a story on your local news channel about a bus full of students or athletes that collides with another vehicle or runs off the road, resulting in severe, devastating injuries. While the last thing you may think about when stepping foot onto a bus is being involved in an accident, the risk is there. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there are around 70,000 bus crashes each year, resulting in 22,000 injuries and approximately 300 deaths.
COMMON CAUSES OF BUS ACCIDENTS
Every single day, thousands of buses across the country carry children to school, workers to their jobs, and people to different parts of the city and state. Buses are designed to make life easier and serve as a more environmentally-friendly transportation option, but accidents still happen. Although fatal bus accidents are rare, it is essential to understand that they can happen at any time. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that bus accidents account for just 0.14 deaths per billion miles traveled. However, when they do happen, the injuries can be devastating.
Some of the most common causes of bus accidents in the U.S. include:
- Driver distraction
- Congested traffic
- Poor weather conditions
- Construction zones
- Vehicle handling problems
- Equipment defects or malfunctions
- Problems with weight distribution
- Poor passenger protection
- Bus driver fatigue
- Road rage
- Aggressive driving
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Bus company negligence
- Blind spots
- Dangerous left turns
- Bus fires
BUS ACCIDENTS BY THE NUMBERS
Bus accidents can involve city buses, school buses, charter buses, tour buses, and any other type of bus used for transporting people from one place to another. In Texas alone, there are 67,143 registered buses, the third-highest in the nation. Here are a few additional facts about bus accidents:
- School buses account for 40 percent of fatal crashes, transit buses for 35 percent, and intercity buses for 13 percent, respectively
- In 2017, 73 school buses were involved in fatal crashes nationwide
- The number of injuries from bus accidents has steadily decreased since 2002
- From 2009 to 2017, there was a 34 percent decrease in the number of fatal crashes involving buses or large trucks
- In 2017, approximately 25,000 people were injured in bus crashes
The good news is bus accidents are less common, but they still happen and can have devastating consequences. If you were involved in a bus accident in Dallas or elsewhere in the Lone Star State, contact Shamieh Law today to learn about your rights.
CATASTROPHIC INJURIES FROM BUS ACCIDENTS
Injuries from bus accidents can vary dramatically and depend on a host of factors, as mentioned above. Some of the most common injuries from bus accidents in Texas include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Broken bones
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other psychological wounds
- Fractured bones
- Burn injuries
- Neck injuries
Unfortunately, injuries that are sustained as the result of a bus accident are often very serious and require months, or even years, to recover from. This means that bus accident victims can face high medical bills, years of rehabilitation, and loss of wages.
RECOVERING COMPENSATION FOLLOWING A BUS ACCIDENT
Depending on the nature of the accident, your injuries, and what the cause was, you may be able to pursue a lawsuit. Buses carry certain risks that other vehicles do not, such as requiring a longer starting and stopping distance and a higher chance of a rollover accident. Recovering compensation for the injuries you sustained in a bus accident can be a complicated process. The following entities may be held liable:
- The bus company
- The bus driver
- The other driver
- The parts manufacturer
- The company responsible for maintaining the vehicle
At Shamieh Law, we understand how devastating these types of accidents are. We can help you recover compensation for your injuries and ensure justice is served. Even though it is impossible to fully compensate you for how a bus accident has impacted your life, recovering financial damages can help you heal and move forward. Our Dallas bus accident attorneys will work tirelessly on your behalf, gathering the appropriate evidence and discovering pertinent facts about the accident.