Buses and large trucks are a common sight on Louisiana roads. However, if not handled with care, they can cause fatal accidents.
All drivers owe a duty of care and caution to those they share the roadways with and a negligent driver who does not exercise due care for the safety of others may be liable to the victims they harm.
Victims of a commercial vehicle accident, such as a bus crash, may have many questions as they face an uncertain future because of an unexpected bus accident and the injuries they have suffered. As a result, injured victims should ensure they have all their questions answered and understand the legal protections available to them.
On roadways today there can be multiple lanes of traffic carrying hundreds, if not thousands, of vehicles. We all share and use this space. Because of this, safety is paramount - anytime an injury or a car fatality can be avoided this is top priority. This is a big reason why commercial vehicles are held to stricter regulations than passenger vehicles.
Historically, cities and states have imposed regulations on those who transport others for a fee, like taxi drivers. One of the reasons for these regulations is to protect the safety of the public who entrust their lives and their health to these drivers.
If one thinks about it, there are many people in Louisiana who drive a variety of vehicles for a living. In addition to semitruck drivers and drivers of buses, people use all kinds of vehicles to conduct business. Sometimes, commercial drivers even use their own vehicles to earn money, such as when a person is doing a side gig driving for Uber or Lyft.
When coming across a school bus in Baton Rouge and across Louisiana, there is an expectation that the vehicle will be driven with caution and the driver will operate it safely. However, accidents can happen with any vehicle and they are often attributed to mistakes on the part of a driver. If the mistake happened with the bus driver, the size of the vehicle and the circumstances of the crash can cause serious injuries and death. Those who have been injured in a bus crash should be cognizant of the issues they will face and take the necessary steps to file a claim to receive compensation.
Riding a bus can be a convenient method of transportation in Louisiana and across the U.S. It saves people from needing to drive on their own, allows them the freedom to relax and get to their destination and it can be a money saver. However, what many do not consider when they get on a bus is that there are inherent risks. A rider is placing his or her trust in the bus driver and the owner of the fleet. Issues such as inexperience, operating under the influence, recklessness and more can cause a bus crash. Those who are involved in these accidents should be cognizant of the frequency with which they happen and take the necessary steps after the fact to consider a legal filing for compensation.
Simply looking out of a window in Louisiana, and it is easy to see the number of commercial vehicles that are on the road. Sharing the road with these large vehicles that are frequently moving at a high rate of speed can be intimidating. In some cases, it can be downright scary. Since these trucks, buses and taxis are so common, integral to the economy and being able to travel efficiently, there is no eliminating them. Along with that will come the inevitable accidents. Those who have been injured in a crash with a commercial vehicle should remember their rights to seek compensation in a lawsuit.
When you see images of the worst, most catastrophic collisions between commercial trucks and passenger vehicles, you may see vehicles damaged in an underride collision. These crashes occur when a smaller vehicle ends up underneath the larger commercial truck. The passenger vehicle often ends up crushed or may even have the top sheared off. The potential injuries to the occupants often prove fatal in these crashes.