More Than 1,800 Florida Bus Accidents in 2009

July 28, 2010
By Dan Irving , Esq. on July 28, 2010 4:44 PM | | Comments (0)

Several Florida bus accidents, ranging from school buses to church vans, have made national headlines in the past few months. In February, a tour bus accident in Lake Placid, Florida, killed two people and injured over 30. During the spring, a string of three Disney bus accidents - all within 2 weeks of each other - resulted in eight injuries and one death. More recently on July 17th, a Pompano Beach resident was killed and several passengers were injured when a church van crashed on the Florida Turnpike after the driver lost control of the vehicle. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were 1,812 bus (a vehicle with over 15 passenger seats) accidents in Florida in 2009 -- 19 of which were fatal.

Driver Negligence a Common Cause of Bus Accidents
While many factors may contribute to a bus crash, including mechanical defects, one of the most common causes is driver negligence, whether it is the bus driver's negligence or another vehicle driver's. According to reports, the February Lake Placid tour bus accident occurred when an 81-year-old woman hit the bus after failing to yield, which caused the bus to overturn. The woman was cited in the accident but has not been charged. She was not injured in this accident, which resulted in two deaths and over 30 injuries.

The Disney bus accidents were all caused by different factors. In March, a Disney bus struck a charter bus that was parked in a through lane. The driver of the charter bus was not injured, but eight passengers in the Disney bus were injured. The FHP is investigating the possibility of mechanical problems with the Disney bus. In April, a 9-year-old boy from Florida was killed when his bicycle hit the side of a Disney bus, causing the bus to run him over, according to reports. The boy was riding his bike in the Fort Wilderness area of Disney World with a friend. They were both wearing helmets and riding on the sidewalk. It was unknown why the boy veered off the sidewalk until further investigation by the FHP found that an underinflated front tire and flat back tire on the boy's bike caused the accident. Another Disney bus accident that took place in April involved an 80-year-old driver who hit the back of an SUV that was stopped at a red light. The impact caused the SUV to rear-end a van. The bus driver was cited for careless driving.

Getting Legal Help After an Accident
Failure to yield to traffic and striking a vehicle stopped at a red light, as in the above news stories, are both examples of driver negligence. A Florida bus accident lawyer can help people injured in these types of vehicular collisions understand their rights and obtain the compensation they may be entitled to.

Dan Irving is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer handling South Florida injury and accident cases for more than 29 years. He has received a 10.0 rating on AVVO, a lawyer rating service, which is the highest rating given for a lawyer. He is also rated the highest ability and ethics rating, "AV", by Martindale Hubbell, a company rating lawyers for more than 100 years.

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