Common Causes of Tour Bus Accidents
Tour bus crashes can cause severe injuries, shut down roadways, and disrupt lives. When a crash occurs, it is important to determine the cause. Frequently, the bus driver or the bus company is at fault. There are a variety of ways this happens, including:
Mechanical Failure: Tour buses are large and complex pieces of machinery which require timely maintenance to remain in proper working condition. Various factors can create serious risk for injury. Tire pressure, improper or lackadaisical part replacement, and poor or neglected engine maintenance, are just a few examples.
Driver Fatigue: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 100,000 police-reported crashes every year are caused by driver fatigue, resulting in approximately 1,500 deaths and over 70,000 injuries. The exact figures are difficult to track since there is no standardized test in place to determine how tired someone is while behind the wheel, but experts agree that drowsy driving is a dangerous issue. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates the hours of service a passenger-carrying driver can work. Drivers who don’t follow those regulations are at an increased risk of causing a crash.
Intoxication: According to the NHTSA, drunk drivers cost the United States nearly $200 billion in 2014, and nearly 10,000 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes. This accounted for almost one third of all traffic-related deaths in the U.S. that year. Police departments continue to crack down on intoxicated motorists, but detain less than 2 percent of all drunk drivers according to the NHTSA.
Distracted Driving: With so many passengers, noises, and outside distractions a bus driver must always find a proper balance of their surroundings and the road. If a driver is distracted by passengers, radio, or cell phone, for example, the chances of crash are greatly increased.
Reckless Driving: In 2013, the California Highway Patrol found that a California tour bus driver was at fault for a crash that left approximately 50 people injured. The driver made an unsafe lane change causing him to roll the bus due to an overcorrection while trying to avoid a nearby vehicle. Buses that drive at a higher speed than posted, make improper lane changes, or neglect to adhere to the rules of the road are placing others at risk.
If you or a loved one was injured in a tour bus crash, you may be eligible for compensation to cover your medical expenses, as well as any other damages you may incur. At The McClellan Law Firm, our San Diego bus accident attorneys have been helping our injured clients receive the compensation they deserve for over 25 years. Contact us today to set up a free case consultation.