There you are, pleasantly chatting with someone in the next seat on your way to visit a friend who recently moved away. Taking a trip on a bus has always been a social and somewhat inexpensive way to travel—and usually safe. However, in an instant, the conversation could end and your life could be changed forever by someone else’s careless mistake.
Due to ever-increasing traffic on the roadways and the high cost of maintaining a vehicle, many people are opting to travel by bus. When you board a bus, you are paying for your seat and have a right to expect that the bus has been inspected as recommended and the driver is rested, attentive, and qualified. If the company that operates the bus, or the driver, do not do all that they can to ensure the safety of their passengers, they are not fulfilling their obligation—and could be to blame if the bus is involved in an accident.
Common Causes of Bus Accidents
Bus accidents, which are responsible for an average of 320 deaths per year and thousands of life-altering injuries, are all too often caused by faulty equipment that has not been inspected properly or at recommended intervals. Furthermore, shortcuts may be taken to save money and increase company profits. These negligent practices can result in accidents that could—and should—have been avoided.
Another common cause of accidents involving buses is driver error and/or driver negligence. While anyone can make a mistake in judgment, drivers are often scheduled to drive on inadequate rest, causing them to make more mistakes than they normally would. Additionally, many drive too fast, trying to keep a tight schedule imposed on them by the company for whom they work.
Because bus drivers are responsible for so many lives, they are held to a higher standard when it comes to drug and alcohol use. The bus companies are responsible for conducting unannounced, random tests, and any driver involved in an accident should be tested for these substances immediately.
Lastly, the driver could be at fault if they became distracted when texting or talking on the cell phone. This is an important issue to address when it comes to obtaining cell phone records, as this information is not kept by the cell phone companies indefinitely and may be directly related to successful legal action.
We Are Here to Help
If you or someone you love is injured or killed in a Michigan bus accident, your life will be changed forever. Physical, mental, and emotional issues can last for years, and can be financially devastating as well. It is vital to attain the best legal advice available. We offer free consultations at Thurswell Law. We have earned a reputation for excellence and will do all we can to ensure you and your family receives the monetary compensation you are entitled to.
Most major bus accidents could be avoided if the standards set by the industry are followed properly. You put your trust in the company that you are hiring to drive you. Call Thurswell Law at 248-354-2222 for a free consultation. No fee unless you collect.