Do You Need Bus Safety Tips?
Last month, one person tragically died and 44 more were injured after a Las Vegas-based bus rolled over near the Grand Canyon. A little more than a week earlier, a tandem bus careened off an overpass in New York City. The crash injured eight people and left the bus dangling over a roadway. If you are a bus passenger or car driver you may be wondering how you can stay safe and avoid bus accidents. Below we will provide bus safety tips for passengers and car drivers.
We hope you stay safe no matter how you choose to travel. If a bus accident injures you, contact the experienced personal injury legal team at Anthem Injury Lawyers. We do not charge for initial consultations and will travel to you at home or in the hospital if necessary. With our decades of Las Vegas bus accident case experience, we offer you the best opportunity to win significant compensation. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.
What Causes Bus Accidents?
A bus accident occurs when a bus crashes into another vehicle, pedestrian, animal, or a non-moving object. A bus can be a public transit bus, school bus, tour bus, or similar commercial vehicle. Bus accidents can have one or many causes including the following:
- Bus driver error or negligence
- Improper vehicle maintenance or mechanical failure
- Inexperienced or poorly trained bus drivers
- Another driver on the road.
- Road conditions
- Weather conditions
We hope the below tips help you stay safe whenever you travel. If a Las Vegas area bus accident injures you, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. The experienced team at Anthem Injury Lawyers will work aggressively to protect your rights and help you receive maximum compensation. The level of expertise we offer to you is exactly what you need to win your Las Vegas bus accident case. We work on a contingency basis, so you don’t have to worry about upfront fees. Our law office is in Henderson, Nevada, and we work with clients in Las Vegas and vicinity. Remember: it might seem like a good idea to skip using a lawyer and handle your bus accident case yourself. Our extensive experience provides you with the best opportunity to gain the compensation you deserve. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.
Bus Safety Tips for Passengers
If you are a bus passenger, you may be wondering what you can do to help you stay safe on a bus. Use the following bus passenger safety tips from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
Research Bus Safety: Look Before You Book
Before making a reservation or buying a ticket, take a few minutes to research the bus company. You can use the online bus safety search tool to learn about the company’s safety history. Search the database using a company’s name or U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) number. You can alternatively search for a transportation company by your preferred type of vehicle (bus, van, or limousine).
According to the FMCSA, you want to book with a company that:
- Is authorized to operate. Commercial bus operators that carry passengers on trips that go outside a state must have a USDOT number. They must also be authorized to operate by the FMCSA.
- Regularly inspects, maintains, and repairs its fleet for safety. Companies should ensure buses are in good repair, and all safety equipment works properly.
- Hires well qualified, licensed drivers. Drivers should have good safety records. Companies should ensure drivers obey all safety laws.
Stay Safe During Bus Travel: Learn Before You Board
Use the FMCSA’s Learn Before You Board fact sheet to help you understand emergency equipment and exits.
Wear passenger safety belts, if available, whenever the bus is moving. Large buses manufactured after November 2016 must provide them.
Take Action in an Emergency
If you believe you are in danger while aboard a bus, call 911. Emergencies could include:
- A bus driver who seems incapacitated, fatigued, intoxicated, or otherwise impaired.
- Erratic or reckless driving by a driver who won’t comply with requests to stop. This can include speeding or texting.
- A driver who refuses to stop despite an urgent safety problem. Examples of an urgent safety problem can include heavy smoke or skidding.
Know Your Passenger Rights Under the Americans with Disability Act (ADA)
Passengers with disabilities have certain civil rights for acquiring accessible over-the-road bus transportation. If you observe an ADA compliance problem or safety issue with the bus or driver, or experience a service issue, report it to FMCSA.
We understand that even the most cautious passenger can be injured in a bus accident. If a bus accident injures you or a loved one, consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer. Don’t wait: get started now with pursuing compensation for your bus accident injuries. It starts with one phone call to our Las Vegas bus accident lawyers. Contact Anthem Injury Lawyers today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation. Please note: we work on a contingency fee basis so you don’t pay if we don’t win your case.
Safety Tips for Car Drivers: Avoid the “No-Zone”
Most crashes between buses and smaller cars are caused by the car drivers. The Nevada Driver Handbook (Handbook) has a section dedicated to commercial vehicle and bus safety. The Handbook reminds drivers to avoid the “No-Zone” with the below information.
What Is a No-Zone?
According to the Handbook, the No-Zone is the area around buses where cars “disappear” into blind spots. If bus drivers cannot see you, the possibility of a collision is greatly increased. The right-side blind spot is doubly dangerous because buses make wide right turns.
Do not “hang out” on either side of buses. Buses have big No-Zones (blind spots) on both sides. They are much larger than your car’s blind spots. If you cannot see the driver’s face in the side view mirror, the driver cannot see you. If that driver needs to swerve or change lanes for any reason, the chances of a collision are greatly increased.
Pass safely! Large vehicles need nearly twice the time and distance to stop as cars. When passing, look for the whole front of the bus in your rearview mirror before pulling into the bus’s lane.
Avoid tailgating! If the bus driver brakes or stops suddenly, you have no place to go and could end up running into them. Never pass behind a bus that is backing up.
Wide Right Turns
Avoid the “squeeze play”! Bus drivers sometimes need to swing wide to the left in order to safely make a right turn. Or swing wide to the right to safely make a left turn. They cannot see cars directly behind or beside them. Do not “squeeze” between a bus and the curb.
Bus safety is everyone’s responsibility. If you have been the victim in a bus accident, you should seek legal advice from an experienced bus accident lawyer. The experienced team at Anthem Injury Lawyers can help you protect your rights and help you get the personal injury settlement that you deserve. Insurance companies don’t work in your best interests. Our Las Vegas bus accident lawyers do. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.
What Should You Do if You Are Involved in a Bus Accident?
A bus accident can be scary and stressful. After a bus accident it is important to remain calm and do the following:
- Contact the police (unless someone else has already contacted the police).
- Get medical attention.
- If you are the driver of a car involved in the accident you will need to exchange insurance information.
- Gather information and take photos. This can include the contact information for the bus driver, any other drivers involved, the responding police officer, and any other potential witnesses.
- Consult a personal injury lawyer.
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If you have been the victim in a Las Vegas area bus accident, you should speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer can help you protect your rights. Our Las Vegas personal injury lawyers have experience handling complex bus accident cases. This is the level of experience you need to succeed against those who would prevent you from receiving the compensation you deserve in your Las Vegas bus accident case. Make sure you have the best opportunity to win maximum compensation for your injuries. Contact Anthem Injury Lawyers today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.