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Why Are Busses Prone To Road Accidents In Florida?

Florida is no stranger to car accidents, and one of the most common troubles on the road involves busses. Driving a larger than average vehicle takes a lot of focus and control, especially when traveling by wide freeways and roads. Auto accidents involving a bus also often result in major injuries, big property damages, and even fatalities. Whether or not you regularly meet vehicles on the road while driving, it would be prudent and beneficial to know why busses are prone to getting into car accidents.

Reasons Why Busses Get Into Road Accidents

A Bus Has A High Center Of Gravity – Busses are built in large and high sizes because they are meant to accommodate lots of passengers on board. A bus can hold up to more than 60 passengers. Because of its structure, buses can topple over when the driver loses control of the vehicle or as an aftereffect of a crash. That is why aside from collisions, many people get seriously injured in an auto accident when a bus is involved as has the tendency to fall over and crush smaller vehicles and their passengers.

Untrained Or Inexperienced Bus Drivers – Driving a bus is very different from driving a regular car, even SUVs and vans which tend to be a bit bigger in size than other family cars and sports vehicles. New bus drivers are not yet familiar with how to properly control and drive a bus, causing them to sometimes under or overestimate its capabilities.

For instance, turning or switching lanes can cause a bus to hit other vehicles behind or beside it because they are smaller and therefore cannot be easily seen from the rear or side mirror. New drivers also tend to drive too fast and eventually lose control of the bus, causing it to crash or topple over.

Bus Drivers Tend To Fall Asleep – While there are city busses that drive around the area repeatedly, there are also a good majority of busses meant for long travels. Because of this, bus drivers are often tired from long drivers and are therefore prone to falling asleep while driving.

Inappropriate Roads – Because of their big size, there are roads and passageways where busses cannot pass through. However, there are instances where road warning signs are lacking, missing, or simply not existing due to a lack of foresight. When this happens, busses would continue driving and passing through a road until it is too late.

Blindspots – Bus drivers are seated higher and even with the help of rear and side-view mirrors, there are still a lot of angles that they tend to miss. Changing lanes to drop off passengers at the bus stops, or suddenly turning on a street corner can cause them to hit other vehicles that they failed to spot. When you are out on the road and you encounter a bus driving nearby, make yourself as visible as possible to alert them of your presence.

Lack Of Vehicle Maintenance – Busses, especially those for public transportation and long travels, need to undergo constant maintenance and check-ups to ensure their passengers’ safety. Busses go through rough roads and terrain and are built to endure changing weather conditions. The constant exposure and regular usage can cause the bus to wear down, and without proper maintenance, accidents can happen anytime.

Whether you are a passenger, a bus driver, or a fellow motorist on the road, it is important to exercise caution. If you want to know more about bus accidents, your rights when it happens, and other preventive measures, keep in touch with an auto accident lawyer who can help you with everything you need to know and do.

Stephen M. Fernandez developed a strong belief in justice and fairness in public policy while earning his Political Science degree prior to attending law school. Since joining the Florida Bar Association in 2004, Stephen Fernandez has combined his background in public policy, business administration and civil law to serve as a highly effective trial lawyer fighting for Florida's injured, working hard every day to make sure his clients get what they are owed.

Why Are Busses Prone To Road Accidents In Florida?

Goldman Babboni Fernandez
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