Unlike other with types of accidents, there was no comprehensive study done on bus crash causation until recently. The reason the government undertakes such studies is to create safer traffic conditions for motorists and, in this case, for bus drivers, bus passengers and others involved in bus crashes. If you or a loved one has suffered injury in a bus crash, discuss recovering compensation with an experienced Las Vegas bus accident attorney.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates and oversees the safety of large vehicles such as buses and trucks. The FMSCA conducted and reported the findings of its study to Congress in 2009. The study reviewed 40 buses that were involved in 39 fatal or injury crashes between 2005 and 2006. Buses represented only 5.6 percent of all combined large truck and bus fatal crashes nationally. Yet, New Jersey saw a higher percentage of fatal bus crashes at 14.5 percent. More than half of the buses in these crashes were motor coaches and out of 40 buses, 16 were charter buses. Reasons for buses being at fault for causing the accident involved underlying factors such as:
- Pedestrians entering traffic lanes
- Lane changes or running off road
- Other vehicle stopped in the lane
- Traveling too fast for road conditions
The study also revealed bus driver errors, such as:
- Inadequate surveillance
- Following too close
- Sight obstruction by sign, vehicle, object, etc.
- In a rush
- Inadequate evasive action
- Discomfort or unfamiliarity with the road
- Illegal maneuver
- Prescription drug use
- Vision problems
A Las Vegas bus accident lawyer can thoroughly investigate and determine the cause of your accident.
Huggins & Maxwell works aggressively on behalf of clients to identify liable parties and recover compensation.