Want to get away but do not want to deal with the long lines at the airport? For those individuals who want to avoid air transportation, be it for a fear of flying or any other reason, one of the best alternatives is to take a bus. In most cases, bus transportation is less expensive than the cost of a plane ticket. To boot, the number of destinations available to bus passengers can far exceed those available via commercial planes. Like air travel, another benefit of bus travel is that it is a fairly safe mode of transportation. That being said, bus accidents can and do occur each year. If you travel by bus from time to time, you may have concerns about bus safety. The following are some of the most frequently asked questions that Oklahoma residents have about bus crashes:
How common are bus crashes?
According to The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (“FMCSA”), in 2014 alone there were close to 68,000 crashes involving buses. Of the almost 30,000 fatal crashes in the U.S. about 233 involved a bus. The data collected also found that approximately 11,000 bus passengers suffered injuries during a crash and another 44 bus passengers were killed.
What types of injuries can passengers suffer in a bus crash?
Just like a victim in a car accident, bus crash victims commonly suffer injuries like whiplash, bruises, cuts, scrapes, broken bones and head trauma. However, due to the very nature and design of buses, serious injuries are common. For example, since buses do not have air bags and most do not have safety belts, more severe injuries like brain, spinal cord and burn injuries are not uncommon.
Why do bus accidents occur?
Just like car accidents, most bus accidents occur due to some type of human error. In a bus accident, this “error” can either be due to the acts of another driver or the driver of the bus. Common causes of bus accidents, that are not attributable to another driver, include:
- Improperly trained bus drivers
- Bus drivers that are fatigued or otherwise distracted
- Bus drivers that are under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Buses that are not properly maintained
- Improperly loaded buses or bus that are overloaded
- Drivers that are not properly trained
How can I be sure that the bus company I am using has a reputation for safety?
While price and schedule are important criteria when selecting a bus company, these should not be your only criteria. Before booking a bus trip, take a minute to download the “SaferBus” mobile application. This app which is available to both Android and iPhone users, can help passengers select a quality bus company. The app can quickly allow you to:
- Find out if the bus company is allowed to operate;
- Review the bus company’s safety performance for the last 24 months; and
- File a complaint about the safety or service of a particular bus company.
If you were seriously injured in a bus crash, it is important to first seek immediate medical attention. You will also want to contact experienced Oklahoma Injury Attorneys as you may be able to hold someone else liable for your injuries. The attorneys at The Handley Law Center are seasoned injury attorneys who have helped countless accident victims obtain proper financial recourse for their injuries. To schedule a free and completely confidential consultation with one of our skilled injury attorneys, contact The Handley Law Center today at (405) 295-1924. You can trust our attorneys to fight for your rights!