Buses are becoming increasingly popular in Dallas and Fort Worth with people relying on them to commute to work, using them to transport children to school, and taking advantage of charter buses when planning group trips. While people may not be thinking about an accident when they board the bus, accidents unfortunately happen, resulting in people getting seriously hurt or dying.
How Rollover Accidents Occur
While there are many causes of bus accidents, one of the deadliest is a rollover accident. This type of accident can occur if a bus is speeding, hits a curb or other object, or has a mechanical problem like a tire blowout. Although a bus weighs more than other vehicles, this does not equate with it being safer in a crash. Because of its height, a bus has a higher center of gravity, making it easier to tip over onto its side or roof.
How Passengers Are Injured in a Bus Rollover
Passengers can suffer more serious injuries—like traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries, serious fractures, or death—in a rollover accident because of the lack of seatbelts, the thin roof, and windows that easily pop out. Ways a rollover can injure them include:
- Intrusion. If a bus rolls on its side or roof, its structural framework can become deformed, and parts of the bus frame can injure passengers.
- Projection. When the bus tilts and rolls violently, passengers can be thrown into each other, parts of the bus, or luggage, especially if the bus has no seatbelts.
- Ejection. When windows pop out or the bus structure rips, passengers may be ejected from the bus and can suffer injuries from hitting the hard ground or from another vehicle that does not have time to stop, sometimes with deadly results.
- Fires. When a bus rolls over, it can catch fire, causing serious burns and lung damage to the passengers trapped in the bus.
Bus accidents can be complicated because of the seriousness of the injuries and the many parties—bus driver, bus company, and manufacturer—that could be liable for compensating the victims of the crash. If you or a family member was injured in a bus accident, you could be entitled to compensation for your lost wages, medical bills, and emotional distress. Fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation with our experienced legal team.