Every day, millions of people rely on buses to take them where they need to go. Buses are often seen as a convenient and reliable form of transportation, but unfortunately, buses are not always safe. Many people are injured in accidents involving city buses, tour buses, and school buses every year. Here are some of the most surprising bus accident statistics:
School Bus Fatalities
Between 2006 and 2015, there were over 1,100 fatal school bus accidents and over 1,300 fatalities. Surprisingly, people who were inside the bus at the time of the accident only accounted for 9% of these fatalities. Pedestrians and bicyclists who were hit by the bus accounted for 20%, while other drivers on the road accounted for 71% of fatalities.
An average of 7 school-age pedestrians are struck by school buses and killed every year. An additional 4 school-age pedestrians are killed every year after being hit by other vehicles involved in a school bus accident. The majority of these fatalities occurred during the hours that children walk to and from school, including from 6-8 a.m. and from 3-4 p.m. For this reason, it’s important to remind your kids to be extra cautious when walking to school, especially when they are around school buses that may not see them on the road.
Type of Bus
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reports that school buses were involved in more fatal accidents than intercity and transit buses between the years 2005 and 2015. During this time, school buses accounted for 41% of all fatal accidents, while transit buses accounted for 33% and intercity buses accounted for 13%.
Bus Accident Injuries
In 2015, there were 14,000 bus accidents involving injuries. Over 24,000 people were injured in these accidents, which means 146.8 people are injured per every 100 million miles traveled by bus.
If you have been injured in a bus accident, regardless of whether you were inside the bus, walking, or in another vehicle at the time of the accident, get in touch with an attorney as soon as possible. Filing a personal injury claim is a bit more complicated when a bus is involved, so you will need an experienced attorney’s help.
At Reisch Law Firm, we are committed to helping bus accident victims recover the compensation that they deserve. Let our personal injury attorneys take care of your case so you can focus on recovering from your physical and emotional injuries. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 303-291-0555 or filling out this online form.