It is always a frightening thing to hear about a school bus accident due to the fact that if any passengers were on board at the time of the accident, they were most likely children. According to the crash statistics compiled by the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, in 2014, there were a total of 192 school bus crashes and 80 injuries as a result. Unfortunately, this number increased in 2015 to 204 school bus crashes with a total of 99 injuries.
These results are very disturbing and need to be given serious attention. Any school bus accident can result in severe damages. Whether another vehicle was involved in the accident or the school bus crashed on its own, there needs to be proactive approaches put in place to help address the common causes of these school bus accidents and hopefully reduce the numbers as a result.
One of the main causes of school bus accidents is due to the school bus driver. This can include the driver not being properly trained or experienced enough to operate this type of vehicle. Driving a school bus is not the same as driving a regular car, so the driver needs to be well trained before being allowed behind the wheel. Similarly, the driver may be at fault if he or she were speeding or driving while intoxicated. Putting strict rules in place and running background checks to determine the history of the driver and if they have any type of record for these infractions could help tremendously.
Another common cause of school bus accidents can be the result of a mechanical malfunction. Not properly servicing the school buses or failure to either check or replace aging parts can all affect the buses operability. Whether it is up to the company who owns the bus, the school, or the driver to maintain the vehicle, someone needs to be keeping up maintenance on these school buses in order to avoid any faulty or defective parts that could cause an accident.
Although these are just a few of the more common situations that can cause a school bus accident, anything that can be done to help avoid even one crash is helpful. Unfortunately, accidents will occur and so will injuries. If you are involved in an accident where the bus driver or the bus itself was ruled at fault, then you may be entitled to compensation for any injuries you suffered. Contact an experienced attorney at the offices of Car Accident Help to get the assistance you need when filing a personal injury claim. We can be reached at (877) 478-3737.