Did you know that schools buses are the most-used form of mass transit in the United States? Every day millions of students are moved from one area to another with frequent stops and dozens of small children. What’s even more astounding is that school bus accidents account for a small percentage of all traffic deaths in the United States – the very mode of transportation that is designed to keep people safe is actually adding to the death toll of this country. The most common causes for fatal accidents involving school buses are:
- Bad weather conditions – driving through sleet or ice that can cause the bus to perform below standards
- Driving off the main road area
- Bus driver operating under the influence (OUI)
- Faulty electronics and safety systems on the bus
- Poorly maintained brakes
- Poor driver training
- Overly exhausted driver resulting in sleepiness while driving
- Too many people on a bus
If the bus driver’s negligence to this duty has been found the “proximate cause” of harm and damages sustained by any of his passengers, the injured parties may seek suitable compensation to cover their expenses and other losses suffered. In pursuing a claim, a lawyer’s advice and representation could be vital in achieving a positive result.
Do you need a Maine school bus accident attorney?
With over 500,000 school buses deployed each morning, it can feel overwhelming to even know where to start. Luckily, even with these large numbers, the number of deaths related to school bus accidents is minimal. The number of emergency room visits, however, is quite large – almost 17,000 per year. If you are one of these unfortunate figures, Nichols & Tucker can help.
If you, your child, or a loved one has been injured as a result of a bus accident in Maine, contact Nichols & Churchill today. No matter if you were a passenger on the bus, driver of another vehicle, or just a bystander, you have rights. Nichols & Tucker will help get you the answers you are looking for so that you recover all the money to which you are entitled.