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Types of bus accidents in Rhode Island


A Bus accident in Rhode Island often result in severe injuries or fatalities. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, more than 300 people are killed in bus accidents every year and more than 3,400 are injured. We represent people who were injured or the families of those who have been killed in bus accidents. The types of buses involved in these accidents range from:

  • Public transportation buses
  • School buses
  • Privately chartered buses
  • Party buses
  • Hotel and ride sharing buses

The types of bus accidents
Most bus accidents ┬áin RI are caused by the negligence of the driver. Many involve collisions with other vehicles or stationary objects. Even an empty bus can easily weigh 30,000 pounds, so an impact with a much smaller car can cause serious injuries or death. Other bus accidents involve passengers who are thrown around inside of the bus as a result of an impact or sudden stop. There aren’t seat belts on almost all buses. Other passengers are injured getting on buses or getting off of them. Some passengers are even hit by the bus they just got off of. Most common of those impacts are buses turning into a passenger after the passenger alighted from the bus or the bus running into a passenger when they got off and walked in front of it.

Causes of bus accidents
Ordinary fatigue and fatigue from driving long trips is the primary cause of most bus accidents. Others involve driver error, drivers who haven’t been adequately trained or buses that haven’t been properly maintained. Rain, ice and snow are certainly contributing factors in many of these accidents.

If you were injured in a RI bus collision with a car, motor vehicle or truck then contact a RI bus accident lawyer who specializes in Rhode Island personal injury law.

Types of bus accident injuries
Because nearly all buses don’t have seat belts, when there’s an accident, passengers are often ejected from their seats, thrown into other people, other seats, sides of the bus, windows or even ejected from the bus itself onto the roadway. Victims are usually going to experience multiple injuries from multiple impacts. From all of those impacts, lacerations and bruises are expected, but passengers have also experienced traumatic head and brain injuries, fractures, spinal injuries and joint injuries. These often result in lengthy hospitalizations and one or more surgeries.

In bus accidents, rarely is the injury the fault of the passenger. If you or somebody close to you are hurt in a bus accident, you might be eligible for compensation. Contact a Rhode Island bus accident attorney or a RI personal injury lawyer right away after a Rhode Island bus crash for a free consultation and case evaluation.

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