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The Dangers and Causes of Bus Accidents

If you live in Memphis then most likely a day doesn’t go by without you seeing a MATA Bus driving down the streets.  MATA buses are a wonderful means of transportation for many residents to travel to and from work and school.  Unfortunately, like a tractor trailer driver, a bus driver is operating a very large vehicle that is capable of causing horrific damage if the driver does not use the utmost care.

Additionally, when a bus is involved in an accident it can cause injuries to many more people than a typical accident, as these buses are often carrying a full load of passengers.  If you are involved in a bus accident, whether as a passenger on the bus or in an involved vehicle, there are many factors that you should know can contribute to these bus accidents, but the most common are:

  • Malfunctioning or maintained bus – Unfortunately, some buses are not properly maintained or repaired, resulting in a vehicle that is unfit for safe operation.  An experienced attorney will look at the repair and maintenance records to see if this was a contributing factor to any accident.
  • Driver distraction or fatigue – Without question bus drivers have an extremely difficult and stressful job.  Caring for hundreds of passengers a day while making sure all transits are achieved efficiently, safely and on time is a large undertaking.  There are times that a driver will be distracted or fatigue sets in and an accident is the common result.  You will want to make sure your attorney examines the bus drivers work history to determine if any of these factors contributed to an accident.
  • Drugs/Alcohol – Sadly, there are times when a driver with an addiction to drugs/alcohol will be operating a bus while under the influence. 
  • Driver error – it wouldn’t be caused an accident for nothing, and sometimes simple driver error is the cause of the accident.  There are no other contributing factors, just plain operator error can cause an accident.

Whether you are a passenger, the other driver or pedestrian involved in a bus accident, you need an experienced attorney to help you through the process.  The Chiozza Law Firm has handled many bus accident cases through the years, achieving substantial settlements and verdicts. 

We are a firm that you can trust, as evidenced by our reasonable fee arrangements and past history. Call 901-526-9494 for a free consultation or contact Brian Chiozza, brian@chiozzalaw.com, for immediate assistance. You can also contact us by filling out our online form.

Posted by Brian Chiozza at 7:06 AM
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