In Moor Haven, Florida, a four vehicle crash occurred, injuring 25 people, including 16 children. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, just prior to 8:00 p.m., on January 20, there was a collision between three semi-trucks and a school bus on U.S. 27, five miles north of State Road 29. The bus passengers were from…
Bus accident cases can cover public transit accidents, school bus accidents, and charter bus accidents. This page has information about all three kinds, but here is a brief overview of the dangers of riding a bus.
Most buses do not have safety restraints except for the driver. Bus riders depend on the skill of the driver to stay safe, as well as safety features like the ride height of a bus. Most collisions are more likely to cause damage to the motor or the undercarriage than the passengers. Commuting or going to school by bus is far safer than doing it by car.
However, should another vehicle hit a bus hard enough to make it tip over, like if a semi-truck, train, or another bus hits it, then the damage to passengers can be great. This is why bus crashes often get media attention. Advocates have been fighting for an improvement in bus safety features for decades, including the installation of seat belts, to deal with these edge cases. Costs and compliance factors have prevented it from happening so far.
Given these factors, when an injury does happen on a bus due to an accident, passengers have a right to sue. Bus accidents can happen due to driver error, a mechanical fault, or a problem with the roadway. Depending on the cause of the incident, you may be eligible for compensation. This is especially true if the injured person was a child on a school bus.
If you’ve been hurt in a bus accident, do not hesitate to call us at Chalik Law for a free consultation. You may be owed substantial compensation depending on the circumstances.