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Cause unknown of recent school bus accident that injured five

We see them on the roads all the time and we often smile, remembering our own childhood -- yellow school buses transporting children in Massachusetts to and from school bring back memories of our youth and the fun that we had. While we explicitly trust these school buses to transport our children, the reality is that they are big, unwieldy vehicles that require skill and agility to maneuver. And, when that skill is lacking, a bus accident can result.

A look at bus accident lawsuits

Many Massachusetts residents prefer to take the bus to work. For many, it is a convenient solution that can help them save money. Buses also allow people to not have to worry about driving and all of the hassles that can come with owning a car. Many, too, may consider buses to be a safer alternative to other forms of transport.

Understanding school bus safety and the rate of bus accidents

During the school year, motorists of all ages can see the iconic yellow bus traveling on the roadways each morning and afternoon during the weekdays. Many families in Massachusetts rely on a school bus to get their child to and from school safely and efficiently. Throughout the country, roughly 450,000 public school buses are utilized each year to transport approximately 23.5 million students to a from school and school-related activities.

Exploring the duties of common carriers following a bus accident

For some Massachusetts residents, riding on a bus is commonplace. This form of public transportation is not only reliable but also efficient and environmentally friendly. And, while buses are able to transport a large number of passengers at one time, this also places numerous people at risk if a bus driver is not driving safely, is distracted or is negligent behind the wheel.

Would seatbelts on school buses reduce injuries in a crash?

For most Massachusetts parents, school buses are relied on during the school year to get their children to and from school safely. These large yellow vehicles allow for a large amount of students to be timely transported between their home and school every school day; however, many question the capabilities of a school bus keep children passengers safe.

Current crash data for commercial bus crashes

Whether people rely on a bus to run errands, get to and from work or to take their children between school and home, these large vehicles are viewed as an efficient way to transport numerous passengers at one time. While many residents in Massachusetts will ride on buses as a regular form of transportation, these vehicles are still subject to the same safety concerns any motor vehicle is. Even more so, the large size of buses and their lack of safety restraints, in most cases, are likely to result in serious injuries for the passengers if a bus crash ensues.

Holding a negligent bus driver liable following a crash

For some, buses are a very reliable and necessary form of transportation. Whether you are taking a bus to and from school, for tourism or your daily commute, these large vehicles have the ability to transport numerous passengers to and from several destinations. While this can be an environmentally conscious and effective way to transport a large amount of passengers on roadways in Massachusetts and elsewhere, it unfortunately is not always a safe method of transportation.

Fatal school bus accidents are considered rare

While school age students in Massachusetts have been out of school for a few weeks now, they might be attending summer school. Therefore, parents still rely on a school bus to get their children to and from their home. While this is an effective mode of transportation, a school bus does present a child with various potential risks. For example, a child could get injured while getting on or off the bus. Furthermore, a school bus accident could put the passengers at risk of serious injuries. This is especially true if the bus has no seatbelts for the children.

Vicarious liability in a bus accident

Buses are a useful form of transportation, and several residents in Massachusetts rely on buses to get to and from school or work. While these vehicles are considered an efficient and relatively safe type of public transportation, buses occasionally present dangers to their passengers and others. Yet, more than one party could be liable for the fatalities, injuries, and damages that are caused by a bus accident.

Helping victims of bus accidents seek compensation for damages

As a previous post here discussed, bus safety is an important topic. While onboard video systems help to address passenger safety issues and assist with accident investigations following a bus crash, there is always a concern that a negligent bus driver will be in control of a bus filled with students or passengers. Whether an individual is traveling on a city bus, school bus, tour bus or a commercial motorcoach, passengers are under the general impression that they are traveling in a safe vehicle driven by a properly trained driver.

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