Just how safe are charter buses to ride on?

In recent weeks, a charter bus carrying a dozen or more cruise ship passengers was involved in a wreck that claimed at least ten of their lives in Mexico. In another instance in recent years, another charter bus, returning from a casino trip to Palm Springs, California crashed on its way back to Los Angeles killing several passengers and injuring many others.

When you hear about how safe bus travel is in the United States, many assume that it's a better option than other transportation modes. This, however, couldn't be further from the case. While school and city buses may be fairly safe to ride in, according to the statistics referenced below, the same can't be said about tour or charter buses.

Research conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in 2011 highlighted how nearly one quarter of a billion individuals traveled on charter buses in 2009 alone. In "Report on Curbside Motorcoach Safety," buses were cited as the only type of commercial vehicle with a fatal accident rate as high as 45 in 100,000 accidents.

A University of Michigan study released in 2010 corroborated bus crash statistics released by the NTSB one year prior. That school's researchers highlighted how, of the 63,000 annual bus crashes that occur across the United States, just shy of 15,000 result in rider injuries. Their researchers suggested that an average of 50 of them die in bus crashes each year.

Researchers also uncovered another interesting statistic. They determined that buses operating in the inner city had two times the likelihood of becoming involved in accidents than those operating in other areas. They also discovered that charter bus operatiors were often guilty of driver error.

Whether you have been hurt or a loved one has been killed in a crash, a Vista, California bus accident attorney can advise you of your rights to file either a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit in your case.

Source: Journalist's Resource, "Bus crashes in the United States: What does the research say?," John Wihbey, accessed Dec. 29, 2017

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