Public and Transit Bus Accidents
Public transportation systems have become the go-to transportation method for millions of Americans since the installation of rails on New York City stress back in 1832. Although public transportation has become a way for locals to get around town at little cost to them, there are many hazards involved in riding public transit and buses.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety approximately 1,000 people each month are injured while riding public transit and buses. Arizona specifically more than 860 commercial and non-commercial bus accidents were reported throughout the state in 2011. Additionally about 180 school bus accidents were reported that same year.
Furthermore, these accidents led to more than 200 injuries and many more property damage claims.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with a careless bus driver, the victim may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and more.
For a free consultation on your bus accident claim, fill out the FREE CASE REVIEW form to your right.
Causes of Public Transit & Bus Accidents
Publix Transportation in Arizona consists mostly of buses, a small light rail system and other services such as the Vanpool system and Dial-a-Ride in the Surprise area. The many modes of public transportation mean that motorists are at risk of being involved in a collision with these types of transport.
Some common causes of bus and public transit accidents include:
- Fatigued Driver
- Failure to Check Blind Spot
- Failure to Yield
- Loss of Vehicle Control
- Bus Veers off Road
- Sudden Lane Change
- Adverse Weather Conditions
The sizes of public buses can also make them difficult to maneuver. Inexperienced drivers may often lack the knowledge to how to safely come to a stop, make a left or right hand turner, and check for other motorists, all of which could lead to an accident.
Dangers of Public Transportation
Despite carrying hundreds of passengers each day there are still a number of safety issues. Two main concerns are the sizes of these buses and the lack of protection riders have.
A growing population means that buses have become larger to accommodate an increased number of riders. Accordion style buses can be seen in many large cities, often looking like two connected buses. The large size of these buses and increased weight means that they are a danger to smaller vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists who aim to share the road with them.
Lack of Safety Equipment
Public buses and rail systems often lack safety measures such as seatbelts that will protect riders from serious harm in case of an accident. If luggage and other carry-ons are not stowed properly they could also be dangerous during a crash. Furthermore, the increased number of public transportation riders means the bus is often crowded which can be risky for older passengers and young children.
In Arizona public transportation drivers are responsible for exercising reasonable care which means not overcrowding a bus or railway and driving safely.
Contact our Mesa Public Transit & Bus Accident Attorneys
We often trust public transportation systems to get us to our destination as safely and swiftly as possible, unfortunately there are times when the driver or other motorists acts negligently and causes an accident.
At Phillips Law Group we understand how confusing the situation can be as you are not in your own vehicle and are not aware of who should be held responsible for their actions. We can help you determine if you are eligible to make a claim against those that caused you, or your loved ones, injuries and provide comprehensive legal counsel on your specific case.
We have several offices located throughout Arizona and proudly serve the following areas
- Lake Havasu City
and many more surrounding towns and cities. Contact us today by calling or texting 1-800-706-3000 or locally at 602-763-8888 for a no-cost, no-obligation case consultation with one of our knowledgeable attorneys.
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