Vehicle accidents are always terrible, but bus accidents happen on a larger scale. This is because there are more people to injure and the vehicle is larger. Following are the top causes of most bus accidents.
- Fatigue: Drowsy driving is a common cause in many accidents. Although strictly regulated by federal agencies, many bus drivers operate their vehicles when tired. This is a common problem with charter and long-distance transport bus carriers.
- Negligence (driver or company): Bus companies are not without fault. Some push their drivers beyond legal limits. Negligence can also include failure to maintain the vehicle, failure to properly train drivers, and failing to include safety equipment.
- Distractions: One of the fastest growing concerns among transportation officials in America is distractions. To fight one distraction, New Jersey outlawed the use of cell phones while driving. Bus drivers are as likely as anyone to violate this law. Distractions common in buses also include turning to speak to a passenger and eating while driving.
- Left turns: Left turns are always the most dangerous action a driver can make. The same can be said for buses, which have blind spots.
- Blind spots: buses have several blind spots surrounding the vehicle, but professional drivers are trained to mitigate these. In making left turns, a professional knows to lean forward and back to see beyond these blind areas in their mirrors and around the front of the bus.
- Other drivers: Although a driver cannot account for every situation, defensive driving accounts for the actions of other drivers. A professional bus driver knows to keep a substantial following distance and anticipate poor driving by non-professional drivers.
- Mechanical defects: Bus drivers and the company they work for are responsible for inspections and maintenance of a bus. If a bus is not maintained, it could lead to injuries.
- Weight Distribution: A professional bus driver knows that a bus is top heavy. However, if too many passengers sit to one side or the luggage has been improperly loaded, the weight distribution will be off center. A professional driver accounts for changes in weight distribution and adjusts driving techniques accordingly.
- Weather: Although inclement weather cannot always be avoided, a professional driver adjusts driving to the conditions. In only rare instances can a bus accident be rightly blamed on weather.
Millville Personal Injury Lawyers at Rone & Kowalski, LLC Help Bus Accident Victims
If you have been involved in a bus accident in Millville because of the negligence of a driver or the company, you have a right to seek compensation for your losses including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The Millville personal injury lawyers at Rone & Kowalski, LLC fight to ensure you receive everything you deserve. To discuss your case with us, contact us online or call now 609-476-4044 x 203. We serve clients throughout South Jersey including Vineland, Bridgeton, Buena Vista, Maurice River Township, Upper Deerfield Township, Millville, Greenwich Township, Cumberland County, and Stow Creek Township.