Bus Accidents

The U.S. Department of Transportation has reported that over 26 million students in the United States ride the school bus to and from school every day. While school buses are designed with safety features in mind, such as high seats, narrow aisles and curved roofs, the high center of gravity and large size can cause life-altering injuries when a bus accident occurs. Additionally, most states, including Mississippi, do not require school bus seatbelt restraints because of the compartmentalized design of the vehicles. When a bus accident occurs, injuries can come in the form of spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, orthopedic injuries, burn injuries or even wrongful death.

 

Federal laws and industry specific regulations are in place to protect all passengers from bus accidents.  Not only must bus drivers comply with federal guidelines, but they must also comply with individual state regulations. This applies to all school bus drivers including public bus drivers, charter bus drivers and shuttle bus drivers. In order to operate these commercial buses, drivers must possess a valid Commercial Driver License, as well as pass all background checks and visual eye-testing procedures.

 

Various factors can contribute to a bus accident, such as: 

 

  • Weather Conditions
  • Size and Weight of the Vehicle
  • Arrival and Departure Deadlines
  • Poor Maintenance
  • Distracted Driving
  • Dangerous Roadways

 

The consequences of a bus accident can be significant, and victims may be entitled to compensation for their injuries. The personal injury attorneys at The Gilliam Firm, PLLC can help your family seek justice and recovery for losses. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or a loved one has died in a bus accident, contact us immediately for a free review of the facts of your case.

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