Sadly, each year, about 63,000 accidents occur in the U.S. involving school buses, charter buses, public transportation and church buses.
While this number is lower than other forms of transportation accidents, in many cases, bus accidents result in injuries like broken bones, spinal cord injuries and brain injuries. According to a study done by the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute, each year about 14,000 people are injured in bus accidents in the U.S.
Unfortunately, these injuries can occur because many buses lack the protections found in other vehicles like seatbelts and airbags. Passengers, including small ones like children, can be thrown around violently in bus accidents. Remember, bus accidents can occur for a number of reasons, including driver error, defective auto parts and reckless or distracted driving.
We bring this issue up because recently a school bus driver was injured in a Nashville crash. According to the Tennessean, a school bus that serves LEAD Prep Southeast crashed into a tractor-trailer on Interstate 24 eastbound on March 12, near the Bell Road exit.
Thankfully, the newspaper reported that there were no students aboard the bus at the time of the crash. The accident remains under investigation, but police said that morning fog might have played a role in the wreck.
Working with an Attorney Following a Transportation Accident
Keep in mind, public transit companies and/or school districts have a duty to protect bus passengers. When they fail to do this, they should be held accountable. You should not have to suffer because a driver was negligent on the job.
If your loved one has suffered injuries in a bus accident, it may be in your best interest to speak to an attorney. You may be able to collect damages, which can be used to pay for injury treatment.
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” – Genesis 1:1
Davis’ Words of Wisdom: On average, about 325 people are killed in bus accidents in the U.S. each year.