Understanding the impact of bus accidents on victims

Commercial vehicle accidents may not only injure a number of victims but may also injure those victims seriously as well. Commercial vehicles are commonly much bigger in size than passenger vehicles and present a more significant danger on the roadways. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that injury accidents involving buses and large trucks increased by 55 percent from 2009 to 2014.

Though the number of injury accidents involving buses and large trucks had decreased prior to the period from 2009 to 2014 when it began increasing, the decrease from 95,000 injured victims in 2004 to 60,000 injured victims in 2009, represents a number of victims. The number of victims impacted by bus and large truck accidents represents a potentially devastating impact on the life of each victim and on the lives of family members of victims also impacted by a bus crash.

The unfortunate reality is that bus accidents and other types of commercial vehicle accidents have the potential to cause catastrophic harm to victims. Victims can suffer serious injuries that may lead to significant, abrupt and unexpected changes in their lives and in the lives of their family members and loved ones. As a result, the legal process seeks to protect victims of bus accidents and commercial vehicles accidents when they have been negligently harmed by providing resources for them to recover compensation for the damages they commonly suffer.

Victims of bus accidents, like many victims of commercial accidents, truck accidents, car accidents and motorcycle accidents, may suffer physical financial and emotional damages that make recovery from the injuries and harm they have suffered especially challenging. In circumstances following a bus accident, it is important for victims to be familiar with the options available to help them.

Source: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, “Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts 2014,” Accessed June 20, 2016

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