West Palm Beach bus accidents are a safety and legal issue for anyone using mass transit systems
As mass transit systems grow across Florida, bus accidents occur regularly in West Palm Beach. When a bus crash happens, serious injuries and fatalities are a common result.
Common causes of bus accidents in West Palm Beach
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, over the past 10 years:
The number of buses involved in fatal crashes decreased from 274 to 251, an 8% drop;
On average, intercity buses accounted for 13%, and school buses and transit buses accounted for 41% and 34% respectively, of all buses involved in fatal collisions.
How are bus crashes different than other types of motor-vehicle accidents?
When a bus crash ends in property damage, injuries, or even death, the resulting insurance claim is typically more complicated, with more people, companies, insurance adjusters, and government agencies involved. The owner of the bus, the driver, the insurer, and all regulatory and licensing agencies play a part in the personal injury or wrongful death claim that will provide financial compensation for anyone injured or killed due to the negligent actions of a commercial bus driver or company.
Bus accidents usually cause more significant injuries than other types of crashes
Given the difference in size and weight of a bus to a standard passenger vehicle, the damages caused by a crash are magnified. And since busses usually carry a larger number of passengers, there is a higher chance that multiple people will sustain injuries. Even a low-speed collision can result in life-changing injuries and can tear families apart when the crash is fatal.
In an injury bus accident, it is crucial to get appropriate medical treatment, regardless of the financial cost.
The major hospitals in the area include:
- West Palm Hospital
- Palm Beach Children's Hospital
- Palms West Hospital
- Lawnwood Regional Medical Center
As soon as possible, an injured person should contact their insurance company to find out how medical treatment is covered under their insurance policy.
Personal injury lawyers offer a no-cost claim evaluation to help you.
Since there is no cost to speak with a lawyer, it is a good idea to learn more about your potential personal injury claim. Accident Data Center can help you by connecting you with our network of experienced injury lawyers who can provide you with information about your rights and options. Learn more here about the value of a no-cost legal claim evaluation.