Especially given the tough economic times, many North Carolina residents are turning to public buses as their primary mode of transportation. Since many people are often involved in a single public bus collision, these types of accidents often result in significant damages. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 1,000 people are injured every month as a result of a public bus accident across the country.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a public or transit bus collision, you may be eligible to seek legal action against those at-fault in the crash. You may be able to recover compensation from current and future medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages related to the accident.
To begin exploring your legal options, we encourage you to contact our attorneys today by completing the Free Case Review form on this page.
Common Causes of Public Bus Accidents
Many are under the false pretense that public transportation systems are seldom involved in accidents. Public transportation has surged in popularity in recent years, with many North Carolina motorists opting to leave their vehicles at home to use public buses, a cheaper alternative to skyrocketing fuel prices. These drivers choose to ride public buses, believing they are a safe alternative; however, public bus accidents are not uncommon.
Some of the most common causes of North Carolina bus accidents include:
- Pedestrians walking in the bus lane
- A bus traveling at speeds too great for weather conditions
- A bus veering off the road
- Other vehicles stopping in the bus lane and blocking the bus’s route
- Sudden lane changes
While there are several outside contributing factors that can result in a public bus accident, one of the top causes is bus driver error.
When transit buses are involved in an accident, the aftermath is usually catastrophic. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with a public bus, it is important that you seek legal counsel right away. North Carolina has a strict statute of limitations for filing an injury claim and failing to do so within a reasonable amount of time could significantly hinder your ability to recover fair compensation for your losses. We encourage you to speak with one of our attorneys today to see how we may be able to help you with your claim. Simply complete the Free Case Review form on this page to get started.
Dangers of Public Buses
Given the size discrepancy between a public bus and the average passenger vehicle, there is a greater chance for incapacitating injuries, fatalities and property damage when these vehicles are involved in an accident as opposed to when two passenger vehicles are involved. Several factors can contribute to the increased risks of a transit or public bus accident.
The Size of Public Buses
Given the size and weight of public buses and the high speeds in which they travel, when they collide with a smaller car, they often generate a devastating and tremendous force. Passengers of the car often experience the brunt of this force; however, passengers of the bus are also extremely vulnerable to injury.
Transit buses also tend to be top-heavy to allow for extra room in the cabin for passengers. This design makes public buses especially susceptible to rollover accidents.
There is very little protection for passengers of a bus in the event of a collision. Most transit buses are not equipped with seatbelts or other safety devices. Passengers are at risk of being thrown around the cabin and may crash into steel bars, windows and other objects, which can result in severe and fatal injuries.
Additionally, bus passengers are usually engaged in other activities, like reading a book, texting, or talking on the phone. Their inattentiveness could make them unprepared to react when a collision occurs.
Contact a North Carolina Transit and Public Bus Collision Lawyer Today
At Lewis & Keller, our staff has the knowledge and resources available to handle any kind of motor vehicle accident, including public bus collisions. We offer free legal consultations to any North Carolina accident victim.
If you or a loved one has sustained an injury in a transit bus crash, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. We encourage you to seek legal guidance right away after being involved in an accident. A bus accident attorney at our firm can explain the legal rights and options which may be available to you.
To schedule a confidential, no-obligation case evaluation with a member of our team of legal professionals or for more information on the legal rights which may be available to North Carolina Transit and Public Bus Collision victims and their families, do not hesitate to contact our firm today by completing the Free Case Review form at the bottom of this page.