Buses are large vehicles that are capable of causing massive amounts of destruction and severe injuries due to the slightest misstep by a driver or the failure of equipment to work properly. Most people are simply unaware of how common bus accidents are and how the large volume of bus traffic impacts the number of injuries sustained as a whole due to automotive accidents.
The following information provided by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration highlights just how important it is to take more preventative measures and to enact and enforce safety laws that would require the safer operation of these deadly vehicles.
- In 2012, the fatality rate of those injured in traffic accidents involving buses was 0.14 deaths per 1 million miles traveled. This statistic seems very insignificant and minor until considering that buses logged a total of 14.7 billion miles in the same year.
- Of the 5.6 million accidents reported in 2012, 371,000 involved a commercial bus. According to this data, buses are involved in approximately 6.6% of all reported accidents in the United States.
- The total number of fatalities reported due to automotive accidents in 2012 was 30,800 and 3,702 of those fatalities were the result of an accident involving a bus. While less than 7% of auto accidents involve buses, 12% of auto accident fatalities occur when a bus is involved. This highlights just how devastating and deadly bus accidents can be.
- In 2012, of the 1.6 million accidents reported that resulted in personal injury, 85,000 involved buses. What is more alarming than the number of injurious bus accidents recorded during this period is that only 60,000 injuries were the result of bus crashes in 2009. Over a three year span, the number of injuries resulting from bus related incidents had risen almost 42%.
- There are currently over 764,000 commercial buses operating in the United States.
- In 2013, there were almost 157,000 citations written for violation of log recording by commercial drivers. The number of fatigued and overworked drivers causing traffic incidents and crashes seems to correlate with the amount of drivers falsifying logs or violating their hours of services requirements.
- Over 500,000 citations were issued in 2013 for improper lighting to commercial drivers. Another 210,000 were issued for tires that failed to meet safety standards and faulty brakes were cited in almost 205,000 cases. Poorly maintained or defective equipment is a rapidly growing concern and contributing factor in many bus injuries, crashes and fatalities.
The statistics provided to us by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration are not only alarming but purely unacceptable. It is the responsibility of bus charter companies to hold drivers to higher standards and to routinely maintain buses so that they are able to safely transport passengers to their destinations without incident.
It is clear that the only way to truly enact change is to bring negligent companies and drivers to justice by requiring that they provide compensation to the victims of those who are injured or killed due to their policies or inaction regarding safety concerns. Only when these negligent actions result in negative financial implications will carriers be motivated to change their policies and clean up their acts.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to a bus accident, the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers would like to help you in this difficult time. Our experienced attorneys have successfully represented many clients as passengers on buses or motorists sharing the road with buses. Our experience enables us to draw upon these similar cases so we can help you recover the compensation that you are entitled to in order to pay for your medical bills and any additional physical, emotional and financial loss you have suffered due to your accident.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation so that we can review the details of your case with you, conduct our own investigation and let you know more about your rights, legal options and best course of action.
Regardless of your financial situation, you can rest assured that we will be able to serve you because all of our attorneys work on a contingency basis and will only receive payment once you have been awarded compensation for your injuries or reached an out of court settlement with the responsible parties.