Articles Posted in Bus Accidents

keep-calm-and-shhhhhThe period immediately following an accident often sets the tone for the insurance claim process.  Though the claims adjuster representing the other party’s insurance company may seem friendly, their primary concern is saving their company money while protecting the individual they insure.  During the claims process the adjuster can use your statements, actions, and behavior against you making it difficult to receive compensation.  Being aware of what not to say after an accident may reduce your chances of doing something that compromises your case.

Avoid Apologizing for the Accident

Immediately following a vehicle accident it is not unusual for drivers to apologize to the owner of the other vehicle.  Even if the other driver is at fault, it is considered common courtesy apologize especially when speaking to someone who is physically injured.  Unfortunately, telling the other driver or the individuals occupying their vehicle that you are sorry may be construed as an admission of fault.  While you will need to talk to the other party in order to exchange insurance information and other details, do not apologize for the accident even if you secretly believe that you were partly responsible.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution website reported that metro Atlanta school buses have been involved in more than 700 accidents since July 1, 2016, according to the Georgia Department of Education. That’s equivalent to four accidents a day. Record indicate that 302 students and drivers were injured in Georgia bus crashes this year through November.

Recently, the national news featured reports on a crash in Chattanooga, Tenn., where six Chattanooga elementary school children were killed when a school bus driver lost control of the bus. The driver, who reportedly was driving above the speed limit, was charged vehicular homicide. The family of one of the students killed has filed a lawsuit claiming wrongful death against the bus service, manufacturer, and driver.

Thousands of students ride school buses every day. School transportation vehicles have long been considered insufficient in safety features, such as seat belts for the students. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued statistics demonstrating that from 2005-through 2014, nationally there were 1,191 school-transportation-related accidents. 1,332 people killed—an average of 133 fatalities a year. Passengers on school transportation vehicles accounted for 8 percent of the fatalities, and pedestrians, bicyclists, etc., accounted for 21 percent of the fatalities.

Safe Driving Tips For Truck Drivers

Are truck drivers trained on safety before they get out on the road? The answer is that most companies require their truck drivers to go through safety training.  One of the common training methods is to develop what we call the “Five Seeing Habits.” These are driving tips that stress the importance of space and visibility when driving tractor trailers. They may seem awkward but with practice you can easily use them into your every day driving.

An easy way many truck drivers remember the habits are  by remembering “ All Good Kids Like Milk”.  An acronym for Aim High in Steering, Get the Big Picture, Keep Your Eyes Moving, Leave Yourself an Out, Make Sure They See You. Ok, now give it a try and be a safer driver.

Securing Compensation for Bus Related Injuries

While many passengers see bus transportation as a safe alternative to cars, the fact is that many bus accidents occur every year, and 15 out of every 19 accidents are due to avoidable error on the part of the bus driver. In other cases, bus accidents may be due to improper maintenance, the lack of seat belts, or mechanical failures to systems such as the brake system.Unfortunately, due to the common lack of seat belts or other restraints, bus accidents are actually more likely to produce traumatic injuries, especially to the head and brain, than accidents involving passenger vehicles. For this reason, bus accidents have a higher rate of passenger fatalities than other forms of vehicular accidents and can require the services of a skilled Atlanta bus injury attorney.

Types of Bus related Transportation and Bus Accidents

New research indicates that approximately 17,000 children are injured in a school bus accident each year in the United States. This is double the amount then previously thought. About 25 percent of school bus accidents occur when children are boarding or leaving school buses. Bus crashes account for 42 percent of all injuries to children involved with school bus accidents.

Children can be injured on a school bus in a variety of ways. Common causes of injury include slip-and-fall accidents, whiplash and being jostled around in a crash. One more uncommon way a child can be injured is by roughhousing. This could be avoided if children were properly supervised. Unfortunately, bus drivers need to focus on the road, so they cannot watch over the children.

Many injuries could be prevented if state laws required seat belts in buses. However, there is no legislation to make seat belts mandatory. If your child was injured in a school bus accident contact on of our school bus accident attorneys to get a free consultation. You may be eligible for compensation if someone else was responsible for your child’s injuries.