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Public Transportation Bus Accidents and Driver Neglegence

Bus driver negligence can be determined by how fast the bus was moving when the accident occurred as well as laws broken and bus fleet policy. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) sets the national speed limit at 55 mph. However, studies have shown that a bus travelling at 55 mph will stop sooner than the same bus travelling at 35 mph. The difference is due to a greater stopping distance between the two bus stopped in front of each other. If your vehicle is hit by a bus travelling at 35 mph, there are good chances your injuries will be soft tissue only, whereas if you are hit by a bus travelling at 55 mph you likely will suffer serious injuries. Factors such as wind and weather may also contribute to bus driver negligence. When a bus is transporting a cargo it is likely on a steephill. As a result the road may be more slippery than a familiar highway. Whether you are on a steep slope or not, you should be able to perceive the bus before you see it. Also, bus drivers are often asked to carry three passengers; if there are two or more passengers than the standard safety restraints; one should seat in the front and the other at the back. If all of these factors are not sufficient to prove liability, injuries may need to proceed to litigation.

If you have questions about a potential lawsuit after a bus accident, you can get a free legal session from Mullen & Mullen

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