What are the Different Types of Bus Accidents?
No two bus accidents are ever the same, as there is always an assortment of complicating factors that makes every single unique. You should never assume that your bus crash was just some standard wreck because chances are excellent that there were individual elements that will differentiate your claim from many others. Bus accident types include bus-car collisions, bus-pedestrian accident, mechanical bus malfunctions, loading accidents and slip and fall accidents.
- Bus-Car Collisions – One of the most common kinds of bus accidents involves buses striking other motor vehicles. Some of these crashes are admittedly the fault of other negligent drivers, but bus drivers can also be responsible. Bus passengers are always entitled to compensation when they suffer injuries in these kinds of wrecks.
- Bus-Pedestrian Accidents – Buses are large vehicles, and bus operators are not always aware of the people on the street in the vicinity of the buses. The result can often be buses striking pedestrians, and such collisions usually cause severe injuries.
- Mechanical Bus Malfunctions – Some bus accidents are not necessarily the result of bus driver negligence but instead some kind of problem with the ability to operate the bus safely. In such cases, a bus owner or maintenance company can be liable for failure to properly repair or maintain a bus.
- Loading Accidents – Many passengers on buses suffer injuries in accidents involving when buses stop to pick up or drop off passengers. In many cases, victims of these accidents are entitled to compensation.
- Slip and Fall Accidents – Bus drivers again have an obligation to ensure the safety of passengers, and bus companies can be liable when passengers fall while on buses because of dangerous or unsafe conditions.
Common causes of bus accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Bus driver error or inattention
- Bus driver inexperience
- Lack of proper training or necessary license
- Driving while intoxicated (DWI)
- Bad weather
- Poor road conditions
- Defective or faulty parts
- Failure to obey traffic rules
- Reckless or aggressive driving
- Improper bus maintenance
- Dangerous roadways
- Dangerous rural roads and bridges
- Defective parts and equipment
- Intersection accidents
- Rear-end collisions
- Right-of-way accidents
- Rollover accident
- Wrong-way crashes
Some bus accidents that seem unavoidable may actually result from someone’s negligence. In addition, in some cases, it may be difficult to identify who the negligent party is. For this reason, you should always talk to a lawyer after a crash. Failing to do so can mean missing out on significant compensation for your losses.
Types of Bus Accident Injuries
Bus accidents may cause several different kinds of injuries for victims. While some people are fortunate to walk away completely unscathed, many others will often be dealing with complications from injuries in a bus crash that can impact them for several months, years, or even the remainder of their lives. In the most severe cases, victims may be unable to earn a living or live without full-time medical assistance.
You need to know that insurance companies are not fair in evaluating injury claims. Moreover, most insurers are likely to claim that your injuries are not as severe as you are claiming because they simply do not want to pay any sizable amount of compensation that is likely necessary. You should retain an attorney for assistance in proving the true nature of your injury claims and recovering every last dollar available to you.
Some of the most common kinds of injuries in bus accidents often include:
- Fractures and Broken Bones
- Strains and Sprains
- Back Injuries
- Eye Injuries
- Head Injuries
- Knee Injuries
- Leg Injuries
- Neck Injuries
- Nerve Injuries
- Tendon Injuries
- Burn Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Hearing Loss
- Limb Loss
Victims need a doctor to fully evaluate any injury as soon as possible after a bus accident. The better a doctor’s documentation of an injury is, the better the victim’s chance of recovering of their economic and non-economic losses.
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If you or your loved one recently sustained any kind of injuries in a bus crash in the greater Long Island area, you should seek legal help without delay. Rosenberg & Gluck, LLP has a record of success in handling these types of claims, so you can be confident that you will have an attorney on your side who knows what will be required to get total and fair compensation for all of your losses.
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