Ohio Bus Accident Lawyers

Written by Beth Hrusch
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Most people believe that buses are relatively safe vehicles to be in when on the road. This is due to their large size and weight, and the fact that they have the advantage over smaller vehicles in a collision. The fact of the matter is that, while their relative size and weight make these vehicles more stable when driven properly, they also make them more dangerous when driven too fast or in unsafe conditions. Buses, when out of control, are actually more dangerous to be in and around than cars.

Bus Accidents Have Many Victims

Every day of the school year, tens of thousands of children are being driven to and from school on buses. Millions of people are riding transit buses to and from work and other destinations. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there is an average of 300 fatal bus accidents each year in the United States. Half of these involve school buses, and about 30 percent involve transit buses. A bus involved in a crash or collision becomes an unstoppable object that can hit anything around it with great force. Anyone inside is likely to be thrown from his or her seat and be injured or killed.

Buses are considered common carriers, and are therefore required by state and federal law to comply with strict safety standards. They fall into the same category as planes and trains with regard to these regulations. Therefore, if a carrier is found to be non-compliant, it may be liable for injuries that occur during a collision. A personal injury attorney can help victims of bus accidents determine if this is the case. In some cases, victims of bus accidents will be entitled to compensation.

When bus passengers are involved in an accident, they are usually advised not to speak to anyone other than police officers about the accident. Nor should an accident victim sign anything. An attorney can protect the rights of bus accident victims by advising them about the best way to ensure a good outcome, should it become necessary to file a suit against a common carrier.


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