The common bus accident causes depend on a number of different factors. The most common basis is human error by the bus driver, but passengers, pedestrians, and other drivers also make unsafe choices that can cause a serious collision. If you have been injured in a bus accident in Las Vegas, please call our office today.
Common Bus Accident Causes | Pedestrians
A pedestrian may suddenly walk into the road, leaving the bus driver either to strike the pedestrian or swerve out of the way and collide with a car or object. The bus driver or the driver of a car close by may drive recklessly triggering a crash when one of the vehicles stops short or abruptly changes lanes. Buses tend to make wide turns, and a car that fails to yield to a turning bus can easily cause a crash. Though a rare occurrence, a bus driver may be too tired to focus or too intoxicated to effectively operate the bus, and even a split-second distraction may have major consequences.
Common Bus Accident Causes | Other Drivers
Some bus accidents, however, have little to do with the actions of the bus driver or other parties. A bus may collide with another vehicle if it has been improperly maintained, breaks may fail, the driver could lose steering, or a tire may blow out, sending the bus careening into another vehicle.
Common Bus Accident Causes | Faulty Equipment
Because “bus accident” is an umbrella term, it can refer to motor vehicle collisions as well as to injuries caused by faulty equipment inside a bus. A wheelchair lift can unexpectedly stall, stranding a passenger with a disability outside the bus in the hot Las Vegas sun. A bus seat can become dislodged, forcing a passenger to fly forward. A handle make break lose or break, instantly leaving the standing customers with nothing to hold onto as they stumble around the bus. These are but a few examples of the many potential problems that can lead to injuries while on the bus or in a bus accident.
If you have any further questions, please call our office today for a free consultation with Las Vegas bus accident lawyer Craig Murphy.