When Driver Fatigue Causes a Bus Accident

driver fatigue bus accident Every time you ride a bus in Greater Los Angles and beyond, you put your life in the hands of the driver. This is especially so since very few buses are equipped with safety devices such as seat belts.

It is an alarming reality when you consider buses are susceptible to roll overs not to mention head-on collisions, which often result in its occupants being thrown from the bus.

This Los Angeles Times article exemplifies the horrific nature of bus injury accidents, and lists some of the worst California bus accidents.

The Dangers of Driver Fatigue

In the eyes of the law, a bus is a “common carrier” and is therefore required to operate at a heightened standard of care. This is because you are at their mercy and while you want to think the person behind the wheel is not only a professional, but almost robot-like in their ability to stay alert and aware of all road conditions, this is often not the case.

According to the Huffington Post, driver fatigue causes 55,000 accidents per year, killing 1,550 people, and injuring another 71,000. Slack Federal regulations actually incentivize bus drivers to work long hours with very little rest breaks as they are usually paid low wages and not given overtime pay because it is not mandatory.

We cannot wait around for the legislative process or government oversight to hold these companies accountable and keep us safe. A bus injury accident lawsuit filed and prosecuted by a bus injury lawyer provides a reason for drivers and bus operators to put human safety first.

Bus Accident Lawsuits are Complicated

The road to justice to win a bus accident lawsuit is often full of a complex set of obstacles.

For example, if the bus is owned or operated by a public entity, such as a school district or city, then you must comply with governmental torts claim requirements and deadlines that approach very fast.

If the bus is privately owned and operated, there may be several at-fault parties, including the owner, the operator, the ticketing agency, the manufacture, the maintenance company, and possibly others.

Legal Help for Bus Accident Victims

As you can see, bus accidents may be complicated and necessitate a skilled bus injury lawyer to file a bus injury lawsuit to hold at-fault, negligent parties responsible. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a bus injury accident, please do not hesitate or delay to call us for a free consultation at 800-818-1818.