There are about 9,000 bus accidents annually which result in approximately 12,000 victims injured and 330 fatalities. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), bus drivers hit between 90 and 100 pedestrians a year.
Factors that can Cause Accidents
Accidents can occur because of the many demands placed upon the shoulders of a bus driver and the many challenges he/she has to adjust to: long relay (drivers who drive 9-11 hours before having 10 hours of time off), straight through haul (drivers who drive cross country), irregular sleep patterns, fatigue, long hours, tight pickup and delivery schedules, irregularity in eating patterns, adverse road, traffic and weather conditions.
There are many negligent factors that can cause a bus accident- from defective parts to dangerous roadways to distracted driving or lack of training. In these instances, a bus driver and/or bus company can be held liable for any injuries sustained. In the event of an accident, individuals can sustain serious injuries such as: sprains, fractures, internal injuries, concussions, burns or brain and spinal cord injuries.
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Because buses usually weigh more than 10,000 pounds, bus drivers often have poor visibility due to the large size of the bus and the limited rear view, vehicles can easily collide into a bus because of visibility issues, and because, in the case of school busses, other motorists can get impatient and try to get around the bus, bus accidents can occur- and result in significant harm. Sometimes a bus accident was not the fault of a driver or company- but often times it is.