Plenty of buses travel in and around Youngstown, Ohio on a regular basis. Whether we are talking about school buses or long-distance transportation buses, these vehicles offer convenience. However, there are times when the careless or negligent actions of a bus driver or bus company cause accidents. At Paulozzi LPA, our knowledgeable and experienced bus accident attorneys in Youngstown are here to help if you or a loved one have been harmed. Let us investigate your case so we can secure the compensation you need.
There are various types of buses on the roadway in and around Youngstown. This includes:
Each of these vehicles weighs much more and is much larger than a traditional passenger vehicle. When a bus gets into an accident, it can lead to severe injuries for all parties involved, including the bus passengers and driver, passengers in vehicles involved, as well as bystanders.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is tasked with regulating many large buses, particularly those that travel long distances. The FMCSA says that there were 274 fatalities and over 35,000 injuries caused by bus crashes during the reporting year 2017 in the US.
When we look at data provided by the Ohio Highway Safety Office, we can see that there were 3,705 total accidents involving buses during the latest reporting year (though Ohio lists this data along with van and limo crashes). Looking more closely at the data, we can see that there were over 300 injury crashes involving school buses during that same year.
Due to the size and weight of a bus, those involved often sustained serious injuries. It is not uncommon for our bus accident attorneys to regularly help clients who have sustained the following injuries:
Unfortunately, many bus accidents are caused by driver error or mechanical failure. Drivers should always be trained to operate these large vehicles. They should never drive while distracted or impaired and should follow all traffic laws. Bus companies and agencies must regularly inspect every vehicle to ensure that they are safe for the roadway.
If you or somebody you care about has been injured due to the actions of a reckless or careless bus driver or bus company, seek legal assistance today. At Paulozzi LPA, our skilled and experienced team will work to secure the compensation you need, which can include: