Champaign County Bus Accidents Lawyer
Buses are sturdy vehicles that are generally safer than passenger vehicles. Despite this, buses can still get into serious accidents and injure passengers. As Illinois does not require seat belts on school buses, children can get thrown around the bus when there is a collision, causing broken bones and other injuries.
If you have been injured in a bus accident, whether it was on a school bus or in mass transit, seek legal help right away. These types of cases can be tricky to handle. A Champaign County bus accident lawyer from Patel Law, PC can tackle these complications and resolve your case favorably. Contact us today to get started.
Causes of Bus Accidents
Bus accidents can happen in a variety of ways, such as:
Fatigue. Bus drivers often work long hours. When they are overly tired, they are not as alert, which can impact their judgment. They can make mistakes and cause accidents.
Distracted driving. Just like other drivers, bus drivers can also get distracted. This is especially true for school bus drivers, who often must deal with rowdy children while driving. Cell phone use is also common.
Drunk driving. Many motorists drive while intoxicated, and bus drivers are no exception. These drivers put dozens of people at risk with their intoxication, which can lead to poor judgment, loss of control, and injury accidents.
Poor maintenance. Buses are not always maintained as well as they should be. They may have squeaky brakes, bald tires, and mechanical problems that can cause them to break down at any time. A breakdown can also cause the driver to lose control, leading to a crash.
Lack of training. Bus drivers need to be trained properly, as driving a bus is no easy task. A driver who is poorly trained and unaware of the various nuances of driving a bus can easily get into a crash.
Poor weather conditions. Bus drivers need to adjust their speed and driving when weather conditions are poor. Heavy rain, ice, and snow can all affect the roadways, causing hydroplaning, sliding, and loss of control.
Avoiding Bus Accidents
If you are not on a bus, you can avoid a crash with one by doing the following:
- Understand the school bus stopping laws in Illinois
- Stay alert, avoiding distractions
- Be extra vigilant at school bus stops, where children may be present
- Maintain a safe distance from school buses; never tailgate
- Follow traffic laws at all times
Contact Patel Law, PC Today
Bus accidents can result in serious injuries for all involved, although those in other vehicles are most likely to be affected.
If you have been involved in a bus accident, count on a Champaign County bus accidents lawyer from Patel Law, PC to investigate your case. We’ll gather evidence to look for safety violations and other issues that may affect your case. We’re available 24/7 to assist you. Get started by filling out the online form or calling (217) 384-1111.