In the Maryland and Washington D.C. area, bus ridership is high with many people commuting to work by bus, as well as tourists traveling by buses to see the sites. Seldom do passengers aboard city buses or tour buses ever think they will be in a bus accident. The truth, however, is that parts fail, tires blow out, buses are poorly maintained, and drivers can be distracted, reckless and careless behind the wheel—all leading to bus accidents.
One common type of bus accident is a rollover. A rollover is any type of accident that ends in a vehicle flipped over onto its roof or side. Bus rollover accidents take place when high speeds are involved, a driver jerks the wheel suddenly, a tire blows out, or a curb is clipped. Anything that causes a bus driver to lose control of the bus can cause a rollover—even something as simple as a bus driver reaching for a water bottle.
Understanding the Physics of Rollovers
Because buses have a high center of gravity like SUVs, they can tip over more easily than smaller cars and are more likely to be involved in rollover crashes. And because of certain features such as windows that can pop out easily, a thin roof, and lack of seat belts, it is very likely that bus passengers will suffer serious injuries in the event of a rollover crash. In fact, common injuries include broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, injuries to the spine, and even fatal injuries.
Get Compensated for Your Injuries
Because bus drivers and bus companies are responsible for transporting paying customers, there is no room for error; they have a duty of care to provide safe transportation to people aboard their buses. When they fail, they need to be held accountable for their wrongful actions.
If you have been injured as a passenger aboard a Metro Bus, Ride On, other transit bus, tour bus, or Greyhound, you have a right to pursue a financial recovery for your damages and losses. Don’t hesitate to give us a call at (301) 942-9118 to find out about your legal rights following a bus accident. We are happy to talk with you and answer your questions in a free consultation today.