Causes of Omaha Bus Accidents
As soon as you get onto a bus, whether it is a city bus, school bus or private charter, you are literally putting your life in the hands of the driver. Though you may think there is safety in numbers, bus accidents occur in Omaha on an almost daily basis.
When you or a loved one is involved in a bus accident, the consequences can be very serious. You may suffer from a physical injury and/or emotional trauma. Your injury can result in costly medical bills and lose earnings due to time off work. In these cases, you may be able to pursue compensation for your expenses and your losses, particularly if your injuries are permanent or disfiguring.
Most Common Causes of Bus Accidents
• Bus drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has very strict drug and alcohol testing rules for bus drivers. Drivers who cause an accident due to this type of impairment will have to face severe legal penalties.
• Distracted bus drivers: Types of distraction include reading or sending text messages, eating, drinking beverages, and talking to passengers.
• Speeding bus drivers: The posted speed limit will vary depending on the location and type of road you are riding on, and should not be exceeded under any circumstances.
• Negligent bus driver behavior: Types of negligence include: failure to heed and respond to traffic signs and signals, improper passing, and failure to pay attention to other vehicles.
• Defective bus equipment or parts: Bus companies are required by law to maintain their buses to specific safety standards. Failing to do so can result in serious accidents.
• Weight distribution problems: Transit buses have set regulations regarding their maximum axle weight. Uneven weight distribution can create problems, particularly when a bus is overloaded.
• Lack of passenger protection: This may vary depending on the type of passenger the bus is designed to carry. For example, most school buses do not currently require seat belts. Common safety features include push-out windows, ventilation, emergency exits, fire warning devices, emergency equipment, and adequate guard rails and grab handles.
The legal team at Cullan & Cullan LLC is dedicated to helping you and your loved ones obtain the compensation you deserve from those responsible for your injuries. Call us today for more information and let us help you get back on the road to recovery. We can be reached at (402) 397-7600.
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