Millions of people ride the bus for public transportation or tourist tours every day across the United States. Millions of children get on the bus every morning and afternoon to travel to and from school each day. Furthermore, around high travel times such as the holidays, many more people travel long distances on buses to see relatives in other parts of the country. Though buses are largely considered a relatively safe form of transportation, bus accidents still occur on a regular basis and result in serious injuries. If you have been involved in a bus accident, contact accident attorney Shane Smith in Coweta County to help you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses.
Bus accidents are considered commercial vehicles, just like any other large commercial truck that carries cargo. However, in a bus’s case, its cargo is people. Therefore, it is almost more important that bus companies and drivers follow the rules and regulations set forth for commercial vehicles. Because they transport passengers, bus drivers and companies are expected to operate at the highest level of care to their passengers. However, this is not always the case. Some common causes of bus accidents include:
- Unqualified or poorly trained drivers
- Mechanical defects and failures
- Improper bus inspection or maintenance
- Speeding, failing to obey traffic signals, or violating other traffic laws
- Distracted driving
- Aggressive driving to try to stay on schedule
- Drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Failure to adjust driving to adverse weather conditions
- Negligence on the part of other motorists, pedestrians, or bicyclists
Bus accidents may be caused for many more reasons, and a commercial truck accident attorney can help you determine who was at fault in the accident. These cases may become complicated because of the number of factors and passengers that may be involved. However, an experienced truck accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith can handle the complexities and can help you recover properly for your injuries. Call us today at (770) 487-8999.