Public transportation is usually a convenient and safe means of transportation for many people. The current economy has forced many people to seek alternative means of transportation that is more affordable than buying gasoline for their vehicles. City buses are available in many cities, making them the perfect choice for transportation. However, riding on a public bus has the same risks as driving or riding in a car and accidents happen. Injuries from a bus can be the result of a number of different accidents. When a bus accident happens, it can have much more serious results than a standard passenger vehicle. Some of the most common causes of bus accidents are driver fatigue, speeding, distractions and negligence, such as driving too close or passing other vehicles. There are typically several passengers on a public bus, so when accidents, such crashes and/or rollovers, do occur they are usually very serious.
Although many people assume that injuries while riding on a bus only happen during a crash, there are actually a number of ways you can be injured while riding a bus. For example, you can be injured from a swerving bus if you are standing or walking near the bus at the time it loses control. Passengers in automobiles can also sustain serious injuries from bus and automobile collisions.
Unlike driving or riding in a car, passengers on a bus are usually not wearing seat belts, many times because they are not available. Seatbelts unavailable on vehicles as large as a bus increases the risk of injuries, especially if there is a collision. One of the most common bus related injuries happen on a school bus, because of the lack of seatbelts. It is also common for passengers to have to stand on a bus and if there is a crash while you are standing on a bus, the injuries can be severe. Standing on a bus or entering the bus when the steps are wet and slick is presents a high risk for slip and fall injuries. Slipping and falling on a bus can cause a number of injuries, including broken or fractured bones and head injuries, which can be life-threatening.
Other than accidents occurring as a result of bus driver negligence or errors, mechanical defects can also be the cause of bus accidents. A devastating accident can easily happen when the bus has not been properly maintained or if there is a defective product on the bus. For example, if the bus has poorly manufactured tires or if the bus company has reduced the routine servicing as a way to cut costs.
When you are injured as a result of one of the many things that can go wrong with a bus, whether it be due to driver negligence, crashes resulting from faulty parts or maintenance or slipping on wet steps, it is important to contact a top bus accident lawyer in Pennsylvania as soon as possible. A Pennsylvania bus accident attorney is experienced in handling injuries that are caused by a bus, whether you were a passenger or a pedestrian. An attorney is experienced in the laws regarding your rights as someone who has been injured due to someone else's negligence. Your attorney can arrange for reconstruction experts to determine the actual cause of the accident as well as subpoena witnesses and all maintenance records that may be relevant to your case.