What was supposed to be an enjoyable city tour for some visitors turned into a hospital stay instead of vacation sight-seeing. According to the Seattle Times, a charter bus and three cars collided on a bridge and the Department of Transportation reports that 11 people were injured in the accident. Nine of the people injured were passengers aboard the charter bus and fortunately, no one suffered any life-threatening injuries, according to the Seattle Pi.
Bus accidents are unfortunately common throughout the country. Illinois is a major hub for bus transportation, particularly in the Chicago area. Many people rely on buses, not just for leisure and tours, but as part of their daily commutes to work or school on public transportation and school buses. What is especially serious about these accidents is that unlike normal motor vehicles, buses transport a large number of people. When a bus collision occurs, this has the likely potential to seriously injure a larger number of people.
For instance, according to the National Highway Transportation Traffic Safety Administration, between 1998 to 2008 there were 414,399 fatal motor vehicle crashes, and 1,409 of these were school transportation vehicles, like school buses. In fact, an average of 19 school-age children die each year in school-transportation related crashes.
Furthermore, the Federal Motor Carrier Administration presents statistics showing that even though buses are normally safer than cars, accidents are still common and dangerous. The primary reason for most bus crashes are human errors by bus drivers (such as negligence), other vehicles, and close by pedestrians/bicyclists. In 15 out of 19 crashes, the cause was driver error. In each year between 1999 to 2009, 50 people were killed and 1000 injured per year in bus accidents.
Bus drivers have a duty to avoid accidents and injuries to others on the road. Paying customers of bus transportation have a right to expect that their driver will be safe, the bus be fully operational and in good working condition, and that they will arrive to their destination free from harm. However, due to negligence of bus drivers and other highway drivers, bus passengers can and often do suffer personal injuries. Our law firm has the experience and resources to help seriously injured victims of bus crashes recover compensation and hold wrong-doers liable for bus accidents. For over 20 years, our attorneys have worked hard to protect the rights of accident victims and have been successful in obtaining fair and reasonable compensation through lawsuits. If you have been injured in a bus crash, contact our firm for a free consultation, and we would be happy to discuss your potential case with you.