Commercial vehicle accidents, such as bus accidents, can be devastating for victims and their families. According to the United States Department of Transportation, during 2009, there were 9,000 bus accidents reported; during 2010, there were 12,000 bus accidents reported, and during 2011, there were 13,000 bus accidents reported. During 2009, 20,000 victims were injured in bus crashes, while 27,000 victims were injured in bush crashes during 2010 and 24,000 victims were injured in bush crashes during 2011.
Commercial vehicle accidents, including bus crashes, can be costly physically and financially. During 2009, the costs of commercial vehicle accidents resulting in injury totaled approximately $27 billion; approximately $30 billion in 2010, and approximately $32 billion in 2011. Victims who have been in a bus or commercial vehicle accident may suffer serious injuries requiring expensive medical care and treatment and preventing them from working while they recover.
Because of the significant impact a bus or commercial vehicle accident can have on the lives of victims and their families, personal injury legal options are available to ensure they receive compensation for the damages they have suffered. Victims may be able to recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages associated with the bus crash or other commercial vehicle accident.
Victims of bus crashes and commercial vehicle accidents should be familiar with the protections available when they have been harmed by the negligence of another party such as a negligent bus driver or company. They should keep in mind that the resources available help with the physical, financial and emotional toll of a bus or commercial vehicle accident.
Source: U.S. Department of Transportation, “Commercial Motor Vehicle Facts – March 2013