In general, riding on a bus is a fairly safe way to get from one place to another. Most buses are so large that if the bus is involved in an accident, the size protects passengers from injury. However, in some cases a bus crash can injure passengers on the bus.
By law, bus drivers are required to use a high standard of care towards passengers. Bus drivers are considered to be common carriers, which means they transport passengers for hire. Legally, common carriers are required to use a higher standard of care than others on the roads. Despite that legal requirement, bus accidents can and do happen, and they may lead to serious injuries or even fatalities. Approximately 11,000 bus accidents occur every year in the U.S., which typically results in between 20,000 and 40,000 injuries. Fortunately, most of the accidents do not involve fatalities.
There can be a number of reasons a bus accident may occur. The bus may not have been properly maintained. The bus driver could be under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. The bus driver may have been driving while distracted, or could be overworked and exhausted. There could be other parties
If you have been injured, or a loved one has been killed in an accident involving a bus, you should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. Bus accident cases can be complex, much more so than standard car accident cases. There may be many parties involved and teams of experts. If you have been injured in a bus accident in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, call the attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800. They can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.