What Causes Bus Accidents to Occur? By Steve Charpentier on December 09, 2015

The aftermath of a bus accidentThe legal team at Charpentier Law Firm, P.A. has been helping countless injury victims in and around the greater Melbourne area. They've provided expert counsel in various kinds of auto accident cases, including bus accidents and mass transit collisions.

Let's take a moment right now to consider the various potential causes of bus accidents.

Buses Should Be Safe, But They Sometimes Aren't

Many people rely on buses to get around town. They're a very convenient mode of mass transit, and they are generally pretty safe on most days. However, accidents do happen, and when they happen, it's of the utmost importance that you have an attorney on your side if the accident was a result of someone's negligence.

Bus Driver Error

One potential cause of a bus accident is driver error. While bus drivers are trained and licensed to operate their vehicles, they are only human, and that means they might make mistakes when driving a bus around. This could mean a failure to signal, failure to abide by speed limits and traffic lights, or not checking their blind spots. All of these can contribute to a bus accident occurring.

Negligent Drivers Near the Bus

In many instances, it's not the bus driver who causes the accident but other motorists who are acting negligent. This mean drivers who are speeding, exhibiting reckless behaviors, fail to signal, or are driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. These are dangerous activities that put everyone on the road at risk.

Problems with the Bus Itself

Mechanical issues with the bus can contribute to or even directly cause bus accidents to happen. That includes faulty breaks, poor steering, bad tires, and so forth. Buses should be regularly serviced to ensure that they are safe, especially given how many people ride on the bus each day.

Bad Road Conditions

When road conditions are poor, the likelihood of auto accidents occurring goes up a great deal. This could mean pot holes and debris in the road, road crews blocking off lanes, or even malfunctioning traffic lights and narrow lanes.

Poor or Severe Weather

Driving in poor weather poses a number of challenges, and that's especially true with buses. Given their size and the chance of rolling over, driving a bus in bad weather can lead to a number of dangers for passengers, drivers, and other motorists. All drivers should be extra careful when driving in bad weather.

How Our Attorneys Can Help

The laws regarding injury accidents can be complicated, and it can be very time-consuming to try to pursue legal matters on your own. By working with an attorney, he or she will be able to provide counsel to you and your loved ones, work on the complex legal issues, and provide you with the ability to recover and move forward.

Speak with an Auto Accident Attorney About Your Case

For more information about your legal options following a serious bus accident, it's important that you contact our team of personal injury lawyers today. The attorneys of Charpentier Law Firm, P.A. are here to help you with your case and ensure that the legal system works fairly for everyone.

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