Whether you are a regular bus rider or not, you probably know their importance. In and around Philadelphia, there are thousands of buses in operation on a daily basis. You will find long-distance transportation buses and public transport buses to the school buses that ferry our children around.
However, do we know if each of the buses on the roadways is safe?
At the Law Offices of Greg Prosmuskin, P.C., we know that there are few things scarier than a bus crash. When they happen, they can become mass casualty events. If you or someone you love has been injured and needs a Philadelphia bus accident attorney, we are here to help you get the compensation you deserve.
Though we do not head about them often, when bus crashes happen, they can be disastrous because of their ability to affect so many people at one time. Their passengers are affected and, because of the size of these buses, many vehicles around them can also be affected at once.
What Are The Dangers?
As we mentioned above, there are plenty of buses rolling in and around Philadelphia. They provide a vital service to our already over-taxed traffic system. However, you may not be aware of how many bus accidents happen each year in Pennsylvania. During the latest reporting year:
- There were 567 commercial bus crashes.
- There were 292 school bus crashes.
While that may not seem like a large number in the context of the total accidents each year, consider how many people each bus can hold. When they get into an accident, the passengers (almost always unrestrained), can sustain serious injuries. Bus crashes can become particularly scary when they involve school buses filled with children.
Also consider the weight of these buses. They are typically tens of thousands of pounds and can cause serious damage to other passenger vehicles and pedestrians. Crashes can affect many vehicles at once.
One of the most common causes of bus crashes is vehicle failure. If bus companies and agencies fail to regularly inspect and maintain their vehicles according to state and federal standards, serious accidents can occur.
We also know that driver error can lead to serious and deadly bus crashes. Not only should bus drivers have their commercial driver’s license and be trained on each vehicle they operate, but they should also never drive while distracted by their phones or while impaired by drugs or alcohol.
Moving Forward From Here
We know that the aftermath of a bus crash can leave you overwhelmed, especially if you are dealing with injuries. Your focus needs to be on healing. At the Law Offices of Greg Prosmuskin, P.C., we want to help you get the compensation you deserve, including coverage of your medical bills, lost wages if you cannot work, as well as pain and suffering damages. You should not have to pay for someone else’s negligence. When you need a Philadelphia bus accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 215-543-7220.