In this era of conserving gas and “going green”, many people are eschewing their own vehicles and taking a bus for their daily commute to and from work, to sporting events or perhaps on a sightseeing charter trip. Additionally, school buses transport our children to school and back across the United States each day, traveling our roadways while carrying the most precious of cargo.
But just as with any car, truck or other vehicle on the streets of America, buses are unfortunately susceptible to being involved in an accident that could cause serious injury or even death to one or more people onboard.
|Nationwide Bus Accident Statistics
• 247 Buses Involved in Fatal Crashes
• 307 Fatalities in Crashes Involving Buses
• 14,045 Buses Involved in Non-Fatal Crashes
• 7,603 Buses Involved in Injury Crashes
• 17,148 Injuries in Crashes Involving Buses
Source: U.S. Department of Transportation, 2008
The Denver Bus Accident Lawyers at Lonn Heymann Law Firm, P.C. understand that bus company owners and operators, as well as bus drivers, carry with them a serious responsibility to transport passengers to their destination safely. We have vigilantly stood by the side of bus accident victims who have suffered serious injuries, helping them on their journey to justice, and ensuring that their legal rights are aggressively represented.
Bus transportation companies and their drivers must adhere to many complex laws, regulatory requirements, training and maintenance procedures. Specific driver certifications are required in order to safely operate within the scope of federal and state law. Although some accidents happen through no fault of the bus owner or driver, there are cases in which a negligent bus operator, busing company or school district is responsible for a serious or fatal Denver busing accident.
One of the most serious locally was in 2008, when eight people were killed after a charter bus on its way from Telluride to Phoenix plummeted off of a wet road and rolled down a 41-foot embankment. The crash occurred in the Four Corners area, where Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico converge.
Illustrating the propensity for bus accidents, another bus crash took place on the very same day when 12 kids were injured after a school bus rolled onto its side in northern Maine.
|Colorado Bus Accidents
• 2 Buses Involved in Fatal Crashes
• 2 Fatalities in Crashes Involving Buses
• 234 Buses Involved in Non-Fatal Crashes
• 38 Buses Involved in Injury Crashes
• 50 Injuries in Crashes Involving Buses
Source: U.S. Department of Transportation; Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
The Denver injury lawyers at Lonn Heymann Law Firm, P.C. understand the intricacies of dealing with bus companies, charter firms, school and city municipalities, their insurance carriers and other entities regulating the busing industry. If you or a loved one has been injured in a bus accident, we urge you to take action to protect your legal rights immediately. Call our office today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights.