The severity of injuries and damages in a bus accident is much greater than in passenger vehicles. A fully loaded bus can weigh more than 40,000 pounds, whereas the average weight of a passenger vehicle is only 3,000 pounds. Due to this factor, a collision involving a bus can result in serious injuries.
Accidents are inevitable as long as there are careless drivers on the road. You cannot stop them from happening. However, knowing the factors contributing to a collision can help avoid them. If you or your loved one gets injured in a tour bus accident, skilled attorneys from Naqvi Injury Law are here to help you.
Factors that increase the possibility of a tour bus collision
The carelessness of the bus company
In some bus accidents, the drivers are not to blame, but the bus company is. Bus companies are obligated to conduct regular maintenance checks on their vehicles to ensure they are safe to drive on the road. This involves checking the tires, braking system, engine, etc. When they fail to do so, they may overlook a grave problem that can lead to a serious road accident.
Fatigued bus driver
Many bus drivers have to work for long hours during the day and night. Due to this, they barely get any rest or sleep. Whether the driver suffers from restlessness, sleep apnea, insomnia, or another similar condition, they are more likely to cause an accident. A report by The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that lack of sleep could give rise to accidents.
A distracted driver is as dangerous as a drunk one. One of the most popular things associated with distracted driving is the smartphone. However, drivers can be distracted by many things. Staring at something specific on the road, eating, trying to grab something from the back seat, or doing any activity that moves the driver’s attention from the road counts as a distraction.
Bad weather conditions
Bad weather conditions, like rain, snow, or fog, can increase the risk of a bus accident. Due to the sheer weight of the vehicle, it sometimes becomes difficult to move it safely on the road. When the driver moves the vehicle recklessly, the tires can slip on the wet road and cause a wreck. However, even in bad weather, most accidents are preventable if taken care of.
If you or your loved one were involved in a tour bus collision, you deserve compensation. Handling legal claims all while managing your own injuries can be difficult. Hire an attorney today.