Bus Accident Facts and Statistics
Written by Greg on May 10, 2017
In the United States, there has been a steady increase in the number of accidents involving buses of all types over the course of the past 20 years.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Bureau of Transportation Statistics 69,000 bus accidents occurred in 2014 alone.
2014 was the last year that statistics of bus accidents was compiled by the agency.
Public Transport Bus Accident Statistics
A significant percentage of bus accidents in the United States involve vehicles that are part of a community’s public transportation system.
Thousands of people are injured each year across the United States in accidents involving buses engaged in public transport. Including bus passengers, pedestrians, and third parties involved in collisions with public buses.
Tour Bus Accident Statistics
Tour bus accidents occur with less frequency than do public transport collisions, but more frequently than those incidents involving school busses.
These accidents often prove to be catastrophic events like the 2017 bus accident involving members of the Braunfels, Texas, Baptist Church that killed all but one passenger.
Most of the tour bus crashes happen at highway speed making serious injury or wrongful death much more common.
School Bus Accident Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, (NHTSA), school buses are “one of the safest forms of transportation” in the United States.
The NHTSA reports that an average of six children annually is killed in accidents while passengers on school buses.
Noting that statistic, hundreds of children are injured each year in accidents and incidents while passengers on school buses. Also, pedestrians, including school age children at or near schools, are killed or injured in accidents involving school buses.
There are about 450,000 school buses in operation at this time in the U.S. Concerns exist regarding how thorough inspections of school buses are in the United States.
There are consistent calls from safety experts seeking an enhancement of safety protocols associated with school buses.
Common Causes of Bus Accidents
There are some common causes of bus accidents in Texas and across the United States.
These include driver fatigue or distracted driver, particularly a driver who is texting or using some other type of electronic device at the time of an accident.
Other frequent causes of bus accidents include mechanical failure of some sort or an intoxicated or impaired driver.
Speeding or violating other rules of the road round out the list of the most common causes of bus accidents in the Lone Star State and elsewhere in the United States.
Contact a Bus Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one have been in a bus accident, call our bus accident attorneys in Houston for a no obligation consultation.