Bus accidents can be devastating and lead to, not only, severe or catastrophic injuries, but even, deaths. Bus crashes typically involve a large number of people, and the extent of injuries and fatalities can be staggering. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), each year, there are about 300 fatal bus crashes in the United States.
The most common causes for bus accidents include:
- Fatigue or sleepy driver
- Distracted driver
- A driver who is under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
- Defective products or equipment
- Improper vehicle maintenance
- Hazardous roadways
- Weather conditions
Bus accidents can cause or contribute to a variety of serious injuries including traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, neck and back injuries, broken bones, facial injuries and other types of serious internal injuries. If the accident was caused by driver error or due to poor vehicle maintenance, not only the driver, but also the bus company, could be held liable for the accident and resulting injuries.
Injured victims can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, surgeries and other related damages. If you have lost a loved one in a bus crash, you can also file an Illinois wrongful death claim seeking compensation.
Bus companies, whether they are government-owned or private, owe the highest “duty of care” to their passengers. This means that the bus company has a responsibility for the safe transit of its passengers from point A to point B.
If the bus company is a government entity, please remember that there are time limits for you to file a claim. You can bring forth a claim for compensation against a bus company also, if you are a pedestrian, bicyclist, motorcyclist or another driver who has been injured as a result of a negligent bus driver. Contact E. Ryan Bradley today to discuss your bus accident case.