Bus accidents are rare compared to other types of vehicle crashes. Yet, when they occur, these accidents result in serious and life-changing injuries. Pedestrians, cyclists, and passengers are all at risk of suffering catastrophic injuries in a bus accident.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), in 2017, there were 73 fatal school bus accidents and 13 intercity bus accidents. In addition, the NHTSA also found that every year about 63,000 buses are involved in accidents. These accidents result in approximately 14,000 non-fatal injuries.
Common Bus Accident Injuries
When a large intercity bus, or a school bus, hits a pedestrian or cyclist on the road, the results can be catastrophic. Even passengers on the bus are not immune to injury. What are some of the most common bus accident injuries?
Head and Spinal Cord Injuries
Bus collisions often involve serious trauma and extreme forces. These forces can cause a passenger’s head to whip around violently or smash into the seat. Sudden blunt force trauma can result in serious traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and whiplash. As such, bus accident victims may find themselves facing a lifetime of disabilities, including permanent paralysis.
Passengers on a bus can fall when a bus strikes an object or stops suddenly. As a result, broken bones are common injuries in a bus accident. Fractures can range from simple broken bones to more complex crushing injuries that require extensive surgeries. Some broken bones may be severe enough to result in permanent disability.
Lacerations and Cuts
Buses have multiple glass windows and sharp metal benches and poles throughout. When a bus crashes, passengers may suffer a laceration or get cut by glass or metal debris. If a laceration is deep, the bus accident victim may suffer serious blood loss or tissue damage. This damage can result in permanent disfigurement and scarring. A serious laceration can also become infected, leading to life-threatening conditions. If left untreated, infections can be deadly.
When a bus strikes a pedestrian or cyclist, the results are often fatal. This is because pedestrians and cyclists lack protection. As such, their bodies absorb the forces of the crash. Pedestrians and cyclists are at serious risk for suffering internal injuries, such as punctured lungs, kidney damage, liver lacerations, and internal hemorrhaging. If not treated quickly, internal injuries can become fatal.
What to Do After a Bus Accident
If you suffer an injury in a bus accident in San Diego, the steps you take after the crash could impact your claim. As such, bus accident victims should take the following steps after a bus accident:
- Call 911
- Seek medical attention
- Fill out a police report
- Gather evidence
- Get the bus driver’s contact information, including bus number or identification
- Get contact information from eyewitnesses
- Contact a bus accident lawyer immediately
Contact Our San Diego Bus Accident Lawyers
After a bus accident, you may suffer serious and debilitating injuries. These injuries often require a lifetime of care, and some may result in permanent disability. At the Traffic Accident Law Center, our goal is to provide you with exceptional legal counsel and care after a bus accident. Call us at (619) 882-1111 to schedule a free case evaluation or fill out our confidential contact form. With offices located in San Diego and Vista, we are here to help you when you need us the most.