You may recall the Cherry Hill school bus accident in June of 2018 where a school bus carrying around two dozen children overturned on the New Jersey Turnpike. Fortunately, the passengers aboard did not sustain serious injuries, but that is not always the case with bus accidents. In 2016, there were 264 bus accident fatalities and approximately 35,000 bus accident injuries across the United States. Our bus accident attorneys know that bus accident injuries and damages are often severe and if you have sustained injuries in a bus accident caused by someone’s negligence, you deserve to be fully and fairly compensated.
Bus accidents during the loading and unloading phase
Bus accident injuries and deaths often occur during the loading and unloading phase of a bus ride. Common accident scenarios include:
- A bus strikes a person waiting for the bus as it pulls up to the bus stop.
- A bus strikes an exiting passenger because he or she did not have enough time to move a safe distance away from the vehicle before the bus pulled away.
- An exiting passenger is caught in the door and is dragged and/or run over by the moving bus.
- A passenger is struck by another vehicle passing the bus when he or she was required to stop.
Causes of bus accidents
Bus accident causes generally fall into one of the three following categories:
Vehicle operation error – A bus driver’s negligent operation may cause collisions with other vehicles, a single vehicle collision, or a bus to strike a pedestrian or bicyclist outside of the bus. Another driver’s operation error of his or her own vehicle may be the cause of a bus collision as well.
Negligent bus management – The company or government entity that manages the bus could be liable for poor maintenance of the bus, poor safety training for its drivers, negligence in hiring the driver, or liable for a failure to comply with bus requirements and regulations.
Defective vehicle/vehicle parts – The bus manufacturer or seller could be responsible when injuries are caused by bus defects.
Bus accident injuries
Of the 264 bus accident fatalities in 2016, only 40 of the fatalities were bus occupants. This means that most of the fatal injuries were sustained by people outside of the bus such as passengers in other vehicles, motorcyclists, pedestrians, or bicyclists. Injuries resulting from an impact with such a large vehicle may include broken bones, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, cuts and lacerations, road abrasions, and death.
If you or a loved one has sustained injuries in a bus accident, call our Cherry Hill bus accident attorneys at The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. Our attorneys are compassionate and aggressive and we will work to see that you and your family are compensated for injuries sustained in a bus accident including lost wages, lost future earnings, pain and suffering, medical bills, and property damage. Wrongful death claims may also be appropriate in cases of bus accident fatalities. Wrongful death claims are intended to compensate survivors for damages they sustained due to losing their loved one.