Tour Bus Crash
Tour bus, charter and shuttle bus operators offer a convenient way to get from one place to another. Passengers put a lot of faith in their drivers to get them to their destination safely. When a bus gets into a crash, any injured passengers should talk to a tour bus crash lawyer for advice.
Buses Are A Great Way To Travel
Tour buses and shuttles are a great way to travel. We don’t want to spread fear or imply all buses are dangerous. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people travel by bus without incident. Yet, there are negligent companies out there.
Tour Bus Passenger Safety
The truth is, most tour bus companies do the right thing. But, some companies put profits ahead of passenger safety. Here are some ways bus companies put passengers at risk:
- Lack of seat belts
- Hiring dangerous drivers
- Failure to require drug and alcohol testing
- Lack of proper rest breaks for drivers
- Failure to monitor driver speed and/or traffic safety
- Operating vehicles with expired safety inspection
- Inadequate or unsafe repairs
Tour Bus Injury
If you’re injured, always get the medical help you need first. After that, don’t sign or agree to anything until you talk to an experienced tour bus crash lawyer. Bus crash cases are different from a car accident in a few key ways. A lawyer can help explain your options and rights.
Expensive Medical Bills
Many times, tour buses are taking you to a place far from home. This can leave you without medical providers in your insurance network. But, in an emergency situation, it’s important to get the medical care you need. A lawyer can help you get the money you need to pay your injury-related medical expenses.
Bus Injuries Are Different Than Car Crash Injuries
In Pennsylvania, tour buses are commercial passenger vehicles. This makes a crash in a bus a little different than a car. Most importantly, passengers on a bus might have more options to recover money after an injury.
How Is A Bus Crash Different From A Car Crash?
Anyone riding in a commercial bus is covered under the bus insurance policy. In Pennsylvania, commercial bus passengers are full tort. This allows injured passengers to sue for pain and suffering in addition to the costs of their treatment.
Bus passengers with their own car insurance may have more money available. A tour bus crash lawyer can review your case for free and explain your options.
After a tour bus crash, the evidence is key to proving your case. Videos, eyewitnesses, and company records are important. This kind of evidence doesn’t always exist in a normal car crash. But, it’s important to act fast. Preserving all evidence and establishing your case is important. Your lawyer will collect all the evidence to prove your case
Bus Crash Lawyer In Pennsylvania
The legal team at Haggerty & Silverman has been helping injured people since 1994. A large part of our practice is dedicated to vehicle injury cases. If you’ve been injured in a vehicle crash in Pennsylvania, we can help you.
If you have questions or need an injury lawyer, we offer free legal consultations. Our lawyers will review your situation and give you free legal advice. We don’t charge you any fees unless we recover money for you. Our office is on Duke Street in Lancaster. We have free parking available in our own private parking lot. Call us today to schedule a consultation.
Bus Crash Statistic Information
2017 Statistics involving trucks and buses in the US
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration:
450,000 total police-reported crashes involving trucks and buses.
344,000 injury crashes involving trucks and buses.
4,889 fatal crashes involving trucks and buses.
Of the 4,889 fatal crashes involving trucks and buses, only 11% of truck or bus drivers died. That means 89% (4,351) of the fatalities are passengers or pedestrians.
Less than 41% of truck and bus drivers in fatal crashes were tested for drug and/or alcohol use. 5% of bus and truck drivers that were tested, tested positive for at least one substance.
In comparison, about 50% of passenger vehicle drivers in fatal crashes were tested for drug and/or alcohol use. Of those tested, 15% tested positive for at least one substance.
32% of fatal crashes with trucks and buses involve speeding as a factor.
54% of fatal crashes with passenger vehicles involve speeding as a factor.
Distraction/inattention is the second-highest factor reported in fatal crashes with trucks and buses.