Bus accidents are dangerous for every party involved. The passengers on the bus do not have as many safety features as other passengers, such as seat belts and airbags, and other vehicles involved in a bus accident tend to be smaller and much more susceptible to serious damage. Additionally, there are usually a large number of passengers on a bus, and for some buses, particularly school buses, most of these passengers are children.
A bus accident occurred recently in Virginia when a dump truck was struck by a school bus. According to an investigation by officials, the bus crossed out of its lane and into the path of the other vehicle. More than a dozen passengers were on the bus, but only the dump truck's driver and one bus passenger were hospitalized. Their injuries were not life threatening.
The investigation indicates that the bus driver was at fault, and the driver faces reckless driving charges. It is lucky that this accident involved two large vehicles and very few injuries. If the bus driver happened to drive so recklessly in different circumstances, there could have been many serious injuries or even fatalities. You or your loved ones could have been in the dump truck's position.
Fortunately for victims of a bus accident, there are legal options to help you deal with the fallout. Like all motor vehicle accidents, victims who were not at fault are eligible to receive compensation for their injuries in a bus accident. Unlike other motor vehicle accidents, buses are considered common carriers, and are thus held to an extremely high standard of care for their passengers. If you are injured in a bus accident, you could receive even more compensation than you would for a traditional car accident.