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Everyone at some point has relied on a bus to get them to where they needed to be, whether it was school, work, or a vacation destination. For the most part, buses are a safe form of public transportation; however, sometimes they can pose a danger to passengers, pedestrians, and other motorists. Whether you’ve been hit by a bus or were a passenger in one involved in an accident, the experience can be devastating. If you have experienced either type of accident, you may wish to hold the at-fault party responsible for your injuries. You should meet with Roswell bus accident lawyers to discuss your case and decide how best to proceed with your claim.
If you or a loved one have suffered from an injury after a bus accident in Roswell, NM, call Zinda Law Group today at (800) 863-5312 for a 100% free consultation with one of our Roswell bus accident lawyers.
BUS ACCIDENT STATISTICS
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) defines a bus as a vehicle meant to transport nine or more passengers. According to data published by the FMCSA, in 2019, of the 33,244 fatal crashes on the nation’s roadways:
- 4,696 (14.1 percent) involved at least one large truck or bus, and
- 231 of those crashes involved buses alone.
In addition, there were an estimated 6,722,000 nonfatal crashes, 72,000 of which involved buses. In that same year, there were 13,000 crashes involving buses that resulted in nonfatal injuries to passengers.
Also in 2019, fatalities of 258 people (accounting for 28.3%) which occurred due to bus accidents were non-motorists—meaning pedestrians, bicyclists, and other non-driver victims. Furthermore, in 2019 there were:
- 84 fatal crashes involving school buses,
- 78 fatal crashes involving transit buses,
- 32 fatal crashes involving van-based buses, and
- 15 fatal crashes involving motorcoach buses (like Greyhounds).
In that same year, 78 fatalities were due to bus crashes in the state of New Mexico alone.
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COMMON CAUSES OF BUS ACCIDENTS in Roswell, NM
Many bus accidents are caused by the actions of the bus driver, but some are caused by other factors. We’ll first take a look at some of the ways drivers can cause bus accidents and injuries.
Whether the bus operator is inexperienced or simply makes a critical error, they are often responsible for road accidents.
While driving a large motor coach is not always easy, especially on city streets, drivers are supposed to have special training that qualifies them to operate the vehicles safely. Common ways a bus driver may cause an accident include:
- failing to signal,
- making too-sharp of turns, and
- violating traffic laws.
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Buses are large vehicles, so they need more room to properly brake and make turns. They also need more space than others to operate safely on the road, such as when switching lanes. Another driver on the road can make an illegal turn or can suddenly brake in front of the bus, or make it more difficult for a bus to change lanes, causing the motor coach to either swerve or hit another vehicle.
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Local or state governments are responsible for maintaining the roads but more often than not they may fail to fix potholes or other dangerous conditions that can cause an accident. Some of these dangerous conditions include, but are not limited to:
- broken stop lights,
- broken or missing street signs (such as stop signs), and
- broken guardrails.
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