Common Causes Of Bus Accidents
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there are over 975,000 registered buses in the United States, and buses are one of the most common forms of public transportation in the Nashville area. Accidents are an unfortunate byproduct of having so many buses on the road, and these accidents can be more serious that other types of vehicle accidents given the relative size of a bus. The experienced personal injury lawyers at Mitch Grissim & Associates can help you and your loved ones get the compensation they need after a bus accident. To learn more, call or contact our office today for a free consultation.
Driver negligence is one of the most common causes of bus accidents. Whether drivers are inexperienced, distracted, or simply poor drivers when an error is made a serious accident can result. Driving too fast, driving while texting, and failing to abide by traffic signs and signals can also cause devastating accidents with a bus on the road. Driving under the influence of alcohol or stimulant drugs can also cause a crash. Finally, driver fatigue also causes many bus accidents when bus operators are required to work long or unusual hours on their route.
Bus Company Negligence
The bus company can also cause an accident through their negligence. The companies that own buses have a duty to inspect and maintain the vehicles on a regular basis. When they fail to do so, components of the bus can break, and accidents can result. The bus companies also have a duty to hire responsible, good drivers for these vehicles. When they hire a bad driver who causes an accident, the bus company may also be held responsible for a crash. Our lawyers can help determine if a bus company may be held liable for a crash.
Road and Weather Conditions
Finally poor road and weather conditions can also cause bus accidents in Tennessee. Local and state government entities are responsible for maintaining the roads in and around the Nashville area, but sometimes they fail to fix potholes or other hazardous road conditions that can lead to an accident with a bus. A government entity may be partially responsible for a bus crash when it is caused by bad road conditions. Inclement weather conditions can also contribute to a bus accident. Bus drivers must keep to a schedule, even in poor weather conditions, and if they are driving too fast for conditions an accident can occur. If you are interested in learning more about what can cause a bus accident or to learn more about filing a claim, talk to our office today.
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Have you been injured by a school, city, charter, or other bus? If so, the experienced Nashville personal injury attorneys at Mitch Grissim & Associates are here to help. Call the office or contact us today to schedule a free evaluation of your case and learn more about your legal options now.