Bus accidents are quite different from road accidents caused by cars and bikes. Obviously, it is because of its heavier size, more number of passengers, lack of seat belts, difficulty in navigating, etc. Some buses even regularly travel long distances and hence its proper maintenance and repairs are mandatory. Needless to mention, most bus accidents often result in catastrophic injuries such as spinal cord injuries, amputation, traumatic brain injuries, etc because of all these factors. In fact, some victims even lose their lives in bus accidents. One of the main causes of bus accidents is regarded as the lack of regulation, especially when it comes to tour and charter buses. Unlike cars and bikes, there are no safety gears for passengers traveling in buses.
Apart from the above-mentioned factors, there are many other things that can lead to fatal bus accidents and some of those factors include;
- Drowsy driving or driving the bus while sleepy or fatigued
- Over speeding
- Using cellphones or other modes of distraction while driving
- Driving the bus after consuming alcohol, seductive painkillers, or any other drugs
- Negligent or improper bus maintenance
- Lack of safety gears such as seatbelts, collision warning system, and all
Of course, bus crashes and rollovers can put multiple passengers in severe danger. Worse, if a passenger accidentally ejects out of the bus during the collision. This scenario commonly happens in bus accidents because of the lack of seatbelt installation. Undoubtedly, the chances for that person to lose his life or body parts are really high in such cases. Sadly, such victims will not be able to lead a normal life after the accident. In fact, some people will have to let go of their daily wages as well post a fatal accident. On top of that, they will have to deal with many extra expenses such as medical bills, transportation, regular checkups, etc. Hence, it is really important to consult a bus accident lawyer and file a bus accident claim in order to sue the person whose negligence caused the accident.
Even though it cannot cover your loss, it can surely ease your financial burden. However, for this, it is really important for you to be aware of the injuries that can be claimed in order to gain decent compensations. Some of the accident injuries that a bus accident attorney usually deals with include;
- Mild traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Severe traumatic brain damage
- Internal organ damage
- Multiple fractures
- Scarring and disfigurement
Note that, victims who suffer from paralysis post a bus accident is expected to spend around $520,000 in the first year followed by a cost of around $68,000 every year thereafter. This estimate does not include the loss of income, emotional distress, or any other related cost. Hence, the person who caused the accident is expected to pay compensation of approximately $2,315,000 in order to cover the financial loss of the victim for his/her lifetime.