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Hundreds of thousands of buses are registered for operation in the United States. In fact, over 8,480 buses were registered in Arizona in 2020 alone, meaning you can rarely drive down a major roadway without seeing one. Unfortunately, the sheer number of buses in Arizona increases the chances of a bus collision or accident occurring. Following your accident with a bus, contact an Arizona bus accident lawyer at Zinda Law Group. Our team can answer any questions you may have, and we have the ability to fight for your legal rights. We are available to our clients 24, 7 and are here to help you recover.
Contact a Zinda Law Group personal injury attorney as soon as possible following your bus accident. Call (800) 863-5312 for your 100% free initial consultation. You will not owe us anything unless we are successful in winning your unique injury case.
large truck and bus accident statistics
Accidents involving trucks and buses unfortunately, regularly occur within the United States. These accidents can cause severe injury due to their large size alone.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has compiled a number of statistics and trends on large truck and bus accidents nationwide. Below is a summary of certain trends and statistics from the year 2019 in the United States:
- 5,237 fatal crashes involved large trucks and buses.
- Fatal crash numbers increased 2% from 2018.
- Large truck and bus injury crashes increased 13%, from 112,000 in 2016 to 127,000 in 2019.
- 84 school buses were involved in fatal crashes.
- 15 intercity buses were involved in fatal crashes.
- 78 transit buses were involved in fatal crashes.
These statistics indicate many lives and families tragically affected. Too many of those families are here in Arizona.
Is yours one of them? Zinda Law Group Arizona bus accident lawyers are available nationwide and across the state of Arizona to help get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses after a bus accident. We can help you investigate your case, determine who is at fault, and fight for your legal rights in front of a judge if a favorable settlement cannot be made.
how do bus accidents occur?
Motor vehicle accidents may never be 100% avoidable; however, understanding the main causes of bus accidents may help you to avoid a collision in the future. These accidents can occur in a number of ways, including, but not limited to:
Inadequate Bus Driver Training
If a bus driver is not trained in an adequate manner before beginning work, he or she may cause an accident. Proper training includes refresher courses taken over the period of driver employment. States may also enact their own laws regarding buses and commercial vehicles. For example, in Arizona, a driver must obtain a Class C commercial driver’s license (CDL) for any vehicle 26,000 pounds or less if the vehicle is used to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver.
Distracted driving is a common occurrence on roads across the United States, thanks, in part, to technology. With most phones, users have the ability to text, browse the internet, stream videos, play games, post on social media, and much more, and from almost any location.
Texting is one of the most dangerous distractions, as sending or reading a text takes the driver’s eyes off of the road for an average of 5 seconds. If the vehicle is traveling at 55mph, that is the equivalent of driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed. Distracted driving is extremely dangerous and was responsible for 3,142 deaths in 2020.
Failure to Abide by Traffic Signs and Signals
Failure to abide by traffic signs or signals is not only illegal, but it is also dangerous. These infractions may include speeding above the posted speed limit sign, running a red light, failing to yield, or failing to stop at a posted stop sign, among other violations.
Failure to abide by traffic signs may be due to driver inexperience, driver negligence, or driver distraction. No matter the reason, if a bus driver in Arizona fails to follow legal signs and regulations, he or she may cause a serious accident with another motor vehicle driver, pedestrian, or bicyclist.
Road and Weather Conditions
Poor weather conditions and poorly maintained roads may also cause a bus accident in Arizona. Hazardous weather conditions sometimes include rain, snow, sleet, and fog. As buses often have to drive in these conditions, it is important that the operator drives calmly and cautiously, always keeping a safe distance between the bus and the vehicle in front of them.
Further, poor road maintenance may result in potholes or other hazards which may cause a driver to wreck. Local and state government entities are typically responsible for maintaining public roads.
For example, the Arizona Department of Transportation maintains a statewide road system of more than 27,000 maintenance lane miles. This includes travel lanes, ramps, passing lanes, paved shoulders, and unpaved roads. Failure to maintain these roads properly may cause a bus to crash on Arizona roadways.
No matter how your bus accident occurred, we can help. Call an Arizona bus accident attorney at Zinda Law Group today to discuss your potential case. We have helped countless individuals get their lives back on track after tragic motor vehicle accidents, and we want to help you as well. We will guide you through each step of the legal process to get you the compensation you deserve.