According to a 2010 study titled “Type of Motor Carrier and Driver History in Fatal Bus Crashes” by the University of Michigan’s Transportation Institute, the researchers found note that from 1999 to 2005 about 63,000 buses of all kinds were involved in an accident each year. About 14,000 of those accidents resulted in injured persons and 325 resulted in fatalities.
Due to the sheer size of buses, bus drivers frequently accuse motor vehicle occupants of cutting them off or that they couldn’t see the motor vehicles. Most modern buses are now equipped with dash cams which can be obtained after the filing of litigation to confirm the bus drivers’ contentions of the “dart out” defense.
Buses and bus drivers are governed by the common carrier duty which requires that they “must use the utmost care and diligence for their safe carriage, must provide everything necessary for that purpose and must exercise to that end a reasonable degree of skill.”
Contact the Law Office of Danny Soong or 1toplawyer.com, if you or any of your loved ones have been involved in an automobile accident with a bus.