Bus Accident Injuries
By Mary Ann Pekara
Due to the high cost of energy and congestion on our highways, more and more people are taking public transit, including buses. Unfortunately, bus accidents are also on the rise, as well as injuries and death related to these accidents.
What causes bus accidents?
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, 19,000 people were injured in bus accidents in 2002. Bus accidents result from a variety of causes, including driver negligence, defective equipment, dangerous roadways, poor weather conditions and improper maintenance.
School bus accidents
School bus accidents are a sad fact of life. In 2000, there were 9,000 bus accident injuries, including 16 fatalities. School bus injuries result from several different causes.
For one thing, most full-size school buses are not equipped with seat belts. But beyond that, a lot of school bus injuries do not occur only on the bus itself. Eighty percent of the children killed in school bus accidents were either boarding or leaving the bus at the time of the accident. In addition, school district budgets are often stretched and school bus maintenance might not be up to par. Private bus companies that work for school districts may also have trouble attracting qualified drivers.
All manner of injuries can result from a school bus accident including: brain and spinal cord injuries, burns, sprains, fractures, abrasions, internal and soft tissue injuries, and concussions.
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Getting a Bus Accident Attorney
Bus cases can be very complex, just as other motor vehicle accidents. An attorney can fight aggressively on your behalf, and should be prepared to litigate against bus manufacturers, school districts and other causes responsible for bus injuries.
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