Commercial vehicle accidents, including bus accidents, can have catastrophic consequences of victims. During 2011, there were 242 fatal bus accidents; there were 247 fatal bus accidents in 2010; and there were 221 fatal bus accidents in 2009. During the same period of time in 2011 there were 13,000 injury bus accidents; 12,000 injury bus accidents in 2010; and 9,000 injury bus accidents in 2009. The number of bus accidents that have resulted in injuries increased from 2009 to 2011.
Commercial vehicle accidents, including bus accidents, are costly for victims and their families. More broadly speaking, the total cost of fatal commercial vehicle accidents was $39 billion in 2011; $38 billion in 2010; and $34 billion 2009. The total cost of injury commercial vehicle accidents during the same period of time cost $32 billion in 2011; $30 billion in 2010; and $27 billion in 2009. Victims of bus accident may suffer physical, financial and emotional damages.
Commercial vehicle accidents such as bus accidents can leave victims with unexpected damages such as medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering that result from the impact of the bus accident on their lives. Because of the harm victims of bus accidents can suffer, personal injury legal options are available to help them recover compensation for their damages from a negligent bus driver or negligent bus company. Unfortunately, commercial vehicle accidents can cause serious harm to victims.
Because of the devastating impact of a commercial vehicle accident on victims, it is important for them to be familiar with the legal options and resources available to them. Legal options and resources exist to protect victims of commercial vehicle accidents.
Source: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, “Commercial Motor Vehicle Facts – March 2013,” Accessed April 5, 2017