Miami Bus Accident Attorney
Many Miami residents and tourists travel from place to place on buses. Buses are an efficient form of transportation. They are good for the environment and are cheaper than owning a vehicle.
Buses are generally fairly safe, especially for passengers. Bus passenger injuries and fatalities are rare, but they do happen. Typically, when a bus is involved in an accident, those outside of the bus—such as bike riders, pedestrians and occupants of vehicles—are affected the most.
Buses transport more than 700 million people every year. While most arrive at their destinations safely, in 2009, 250 people were killed and 20,000 were injured in bus crashes.
It is believed that the age of the bus driver has a lot to do with accident frequency. Young bus drivers with little experience are more likely to cause an accident, as are those over the age of 65. In fact, older drivers increase the risk of minor injury by 18.6 percent and severe injuries by 33 percent. However, 83 percent of bus drivers do not engage in risky behavior prior to a crash. Contact our experienced Miami bus accident attorneys today for more information.
Causes of Bus Accidents
Bus accidents are sometimes caused by pedestrians who misjudge the speed of an oncoming bus. The pedestrian crosses the street too slowly or the bus driver is unable to stop in time.
The biggest factor in bus accidents, however, is bus driver fatigue. Lack of sleep, late shifts and increased workload can make drivers tired. Fatigue decreases judgment and reaction times, making accidents more likely to occur.
The good news is that only 4 percent of bus accidents are caused by serious offenses, such as drowsy driving, speeding and alcohol use.
School Bus Accidents
School buses are considered one of the safest forms of transportation for children. Between 2004 and 2013, there were 1,214 school bus crashes—just 0.4 percent of all traffic crashes. It is estimated that 134 people die in school bus crashes every year. Of those, 8 percent are riding the bus and 21 percent are people outside the bus, such as bicyclists and pedestrians. The remainder are occupants of cars and other vehicles.
Even though children on school buses are highly unlikely to die in a crash, accidents do happen. If your child was injured or killed on a school bus, contact the Miami bus accident attorneys at Pike & Lustig, LLP for legal help.
Hire Experienced Miami Bus Accident Attorneys for Your Case
Traveling by bus is typically a safe form of transportation, but accidents can and do happen. Bus accidents tend to seriously hurt those who are not on the bus, so while passengers may be safe, occupants of other vehicles are the ones affected the most.
If you were hit by a bus and suffered serious injuries, it’s important to hold the bus driver or other parties liable for your damages. The Miami bus accident attorneys at Pike & Lustig, LLP can review your case and determine your rights to compensation. Contact Pike & Lustig, LLP today at 305-697-9799 to discuss your case with one of our attorneys.