Dedicated Baltimore Bus Accident Attorneys Fight for Victims Injured in Maryland Bus Accidents
Bus companies and drivers have a responsibility to their passengers and others on the road
Whether it’s a charter company, municipal transit or school transportation, buses carry thousands of passengers every day on our roads. If they’re not handled properly, however, passengers are put at risk, along with other drivers and pedestrians. If you’ve been involved in a bus accident, the bus accident attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC, help you secure compensation for your injuries.
Accidents causing injury at bus stops is common
You might think buses pose the greatest risk when traveling down the road at 40 or 50 miles per hour. In fact, most bus accidents occur between 10 m.p.h. and when stopped. From 2005 to 2010, there were an average of 1,003 motorcoach accidents each year. 21% of those involved persons outside the bus, but not in a vehicle. In most cases, these accidents involved people getting on the bus, getting off the bus or waiting for the bus at the bus stop.
At a bus stop, a lot of factors are in play that can lead to accidents. People are entering and exiting through the bus doors. People are walking around the bus to get to the door or to their destination. Traffic may be passing the bus, except in the case of school buses. The driver may be distracted by people getting on the bus, paying fares, getting seated, or by texting, cell phone or other electronics use.
Each of these elements can easily lead to an accident as the bus arrives at a stop or pulls away. And with so many pedestrians in play, the accidents often end up fatal. In fact, 32 fatal bus accidents occur every year in the United States.
Bus accident injuries are often serious
Buses are unlike almost any other vehicle on the road. They probably closest resemble tractor trailers in size and weight, but instead of carrying one or two people, they can carry dozens of passengers. As a result, when accidents happen they often have a wide impact. Common injuries surrounding bus accidents include:
- Impact trauma — Because Maryland law does not require seatbelts in buses, when a collision occurs, passengers are thrown around the cabin and can strike walls, seats and other passengers.
- Crushing or dragging injuries — If a passenger or passerby is struck by a bus, they can fall underneath the bus and be dragged along causing serious injury or death.
- Slip and fall — Standing or walking passengers can be knocked over or lose footing during an accident, twisting an ankle, breaking a leg, or injuring their back in a fall.
Other vehicle drivers involved in a bus accident are at risk for many common auto accident injuries including brain trauma, whiplash, face injuries and severe back injuries. Our Baltimore bus accident attorneys have the experience you need if you have been injured in a bus or motorcoach accident in Baltimore, Baltimore County, Howard County, Carroll County, Anne Arundel County, Prince George’s County or Harford County
Bus companies have a responsibility to maintain safety
Motorcoaches are almost always owned by a company who hires and assigns the drivers to each bus. Therefore, they can be held responsible when any claims are filed during a bus accident. It is the bus company’s first priority to provide a safe transportation experience for passengers and to make sure their buses and bus driver are not hazards on the road to other drivers and pedestrians. Common risk factors that bus companies can be held accountable for include:
- Driver training — If a bus company hires an improperly trained driver, or does not make sure a driver maintains their skills, is distracted, fatigued or otherwise reckless, they can easily lose control of their vehicle and cause a serious accident.
- Driver age — Statistics show that novice bus drivers and bus drivers over the age of 55 are both more likely to be involved in an accident.
- Bus condition — Lack of maintenance can cause a bus to become unsafe on the road. Proper upkeep is always the bus company’s responsibility.
Baltimore bus accident attorneys are on your side
If you’ve been involved in a bus accident, or you have a loved one who was injured or killed by a bus, the bus accident lawyers at Mallon & McCool, LLC can assist you with your case. Call us today for a free consultation at (800) 918-8872 or contact us online. We serve Baltimore, Baltimore County, Howard County, Carroll County, Anne Arundel, Prince George’s County and Harford County. We work on a contingency basis, which means our firm does not receive any fees unless we recover compensation for you.