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Bus Accidents

Bus Accident Lawyers in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia

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Bus Accidents

Bus Accident Lawyers in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia

Bus accidents, although far less common than car or truck accidents, have the potential of causing serious injuries to both the passengers on board and any other person involved in the accident, and can require the involvement of a lawyer. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics, there are approximately 900,000 buses inventoried in the United States, about 63,000 of these buses are involved in a bus accident each year. In Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia, buses are used by people for various reasons. School buses transport kids to and from school, transit buses, like Metrobus, provide transportation along scheduled routes and are often utilized in urban areas, intercity buses, such as Greyhound or Megabus, provide long-distance passenger transportation, and charter buses are commonly used to give tours to large groups of people. Regardless of the type of bus, if it is involved in an accident there is the possibility that large numbers of people get seriously injured.

Bus accidents can be caused by many different circumstances. Some of the common causes of bus accidents are:

  • Bus driver distraction, including texting while driving
  • Bus drive fatigue
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Aggressive driving and speeding
  • Faulty bus equipment, including under/over inflated tires and faulty brakes
  • Distracting passengers

Any of these situations can result in serious property damage and harm or injury to many people. Like any other motor vehicle accident, bus accidents can result in injuries ranging from bumps and bruises, to broken bones, to permanent brain injury, or even death.

Similar to trucks, buses are subject to several federal and state safety regulations, including how many hours the bus driver can drive per day to how often the bus has to be inspected. To save money on replacing buses or bus parts, or to prevent buses from being taken off of the roads, safety precautions and inspections can be either less thorough than is mandated or overlooked completely. If this happens and a bus accident results, fault can be placed on someone other than the bus driver, such as the bus company or bus manufacturer.

In Washington, D.C., and the surrounding Maryland and Virginia areas, bus travel is the preferred mode of transportation for many people. In fact, Metrobus is the 6th busiest bus agency in the country, serving 11,500 bus stops in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. If you’ve been involved in a bus accident in this region and suffered damages or injuries as a result, contact the bus accident attorneys at Cohen & Cohen, P.C. to discuss your case. Since regulations can vary from state to state there are often many details of the accident to investigate, and our attorneys have the experience and drive to make sure we’re getting all of the facts to gain you reasonable compensation.

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