Maintenance Issues in Bus Accidents
When you climb onboard a bus that you have booked a ticket on or you’ve put your child onto a bus that is taking them to and from school or an activity, you do so with the implicit understanding that the vehicle is safe and has been well maintained. Unfortunately, there are many bus accidents in which that has been proven not to have been the case.
Every vehicle that is on the road and that is responsible for transporting passengers should be properly maintained, but when a vehicle is as large as a bus and therefore already difficult to handle and stop, and when it carries so many passengers, there is an extra responsibility to make sure that it is safe. Failure to do so is often defined as negligence on the part of the bus driver, the bus company, or the bus maintenance company.
Keeping Buses Safe for Passengers and other Vehicles
Buses are very large vehicles that can weigh as much as twenty tons. It is essential that their tires and brakes are frequently checked to make sure that they are in good condition. It is also important to make sure that drivers are trained in how to handle them properly so that they can respond quickly and appropriately in the case of an emergency. Buses can be top heavy, and require extra distance to stop.
There is an expectation on the part of bus riders as well as on the part of regulating authorities that buses undergo maintenance inspections on a regular basis by qualified professionals. Failure to do so jeopardizes the safety of passengers and those sharing the road with the bus, and may even put lives at risk.
Bus Accidents that Result from Poor or Infrequent Maintenance
When a bus is in an accident, one of the first things that a qualified bus attorney will do on behalf of their clients filing claims against the bus company is to ascertain whether or not the bus was properly maintained. All too often bus accidents are a result of worn out brakes, worn out tires, and other systems such as steering or transmission that are prone to wear and tear if not frequently inspected and maintained.
Failure to provide proper maintenance on a vehicle that already has the potential for being dangerous and is difficult to control under the best circumstances puts riders and others in danger. If you or someone you love has been injured in a bus accident and you suspect that maintenance may have been an issue, contact an experienced bus accident lawyer.