In a report published by the Transportation Research Record (TRR) Journal, about 63,000 buses are involved in crashes each year. Of these, approximately 14,000 crashes result in at least one injury and 325 crashes result in a fatal injury.
If you or a loved one was injured in a bus accident, the Jacksonville bus lawyers at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can help. Our team offers a free consultation so that we may discuss the circumstances involved in your claim. We can explain whether you have a viable claim and how we can help. Call us today at (904) 600-4000 to get started.
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Know Which Types of Buses Are Most Often Involved in Bus Accidents
In its 2017 Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts report, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced the following statistics about bus accidents:
- Intercity buses were responsible for 13 percent of fatal bus accidents between 2007 and 2017
- Transit buses were responsible for 35 percent of fatal bus accidents between 2007 and 2017
- School buses were responsible for 40 percent of fatal bus accidents between 2007 and 2017
- 73 school buses were involved in fatal bus crashes in 2017
- 13 intercity buses were involved in fatal bus crashes in 2017
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Bus Accidents Have Several Potential Causes
Bus accidents may happen for a number of reasons. However, the most common reasons for collisions involving buses include:
- Negligence: Negligence is a catch-all phrase that holds certain parties legally responsible when their actions fall below a reasonable standard and cause damages. For example, a bus company may be negligent by not looking into the driver’s background before hiring, and a bus driver may be negligent by running a stoplight.
- Driver fatigue: Bus drivers often drive long routes. They may get tired during the drive, which can delay their response time and impair their judgment.
- Inexperience: Sometimes bus companies hire drivers who do not have much experience driving buses. Even if a driver has a commercial driver license (CDL), the driver might not be accustomed to the bus’s length or uneven weight. This might make it more difficult for the driver to maneuver the vehicle or account for potential hazards, such as slippery roads or sudden braking from other drivers.
- Blind spots: Large blind spots may prevent bus drivers from seeing other drivers behind or near their bus, which may cause a collision.
- Left turns: Buses must make very wide turns. If they do not turn properly, they might collide with vehicles in adjoining lanes.
Our Jacksonville bus lawyers at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine may investigate your claim and identify the underlying causes of your accident. Contact us today at (904) 600-4000 to learn more.
A Jacksonville Bus Lawyer Can Help You With Your Case
A Jacksonville bus lawyer knows that bus accident claims are often complex, especially if your case involves potential liability from the government. According to the 2019 Florida Statutes § 768.28, your case might have different notice requirements and a deadline you must meet to file your claim.
The Jacksonville bus lawyers from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine may investigate your claim and identify all parties who may be held responsible for the injuries you sustained. You can speak to a member of our team to learn if you have the right to pursue compensation after your bus accident. Call us at (904) 600-4000 to get started.