What Injuries Can a Bus Rollover Cause?
Though it may not get as much news coverage as other vehicle accidents, a bus roll over is the deadliest type of crash a large passenger vehicle can be involved in. On average, these crashes produce around 25 casualties, including a frightening number of fatalities. In a way, this isn’t surprising, as a common carrier vehicle weighs several tons and is full of seats, rails, and other objects that can produce serious injuries during a crash. But this destructive potential can often be avoided as long as everyone on the road is observing proper safety measures. In fact, the vast majority of these accidents are preventable, so when one does occur, victims and their families should consider legal action against the responsible parties.
When a passenger vehicle flips end over end, it becomes a whirling mass of metal. Those inside are at the mercy of physics, as the sheer force involved can be enough to cause severe injuries.
These crashes typically result in one of three types of injuries, including:
- Intrusion injuries. As a passenger vehicle flips and skids along the ground, it can lose its structural integrity, crumpling and destabilizing inside. If it does, chairs, rails, and even the vehicle frame itself can enter into the passenger area at high speeds, striking passengers and causing severe trauma.
- Projection injuries. Of course, it will be impossible for people inside the vehicle to resist being jostled around, especially considering the poor restraints that most large passenger vehicles are designed with. As people are tossed around inside, they will likely strike objects or the side of the vehicle’s interior, producing serious harm.
- Ejection injuries. The forces involved in a collision can be extreme, tossing people through windows and into the road. In some cases, a victim can be thrown dozens of feet before hitting the ground at frightening speed. Broken bones, burns, traumatic brain injuries, and injuries arising from secondary collisions can leave a person in critical condition, or worse.
A bus roll over accident may also produce a fire or explosion, resulting in secondary injuries that are just as deadly as the crash itself. And if other motorists are involved in the crash, the situation can quickly worsen.
WHO IS TYPICALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR A BUS ROLL OVER CRASH?
Driver error is usually to blame when a passenger vehicle tips over, though poor road conditions, mechanical failure, other motorists, and even pedestrians can all play a part in a wreck as well. If the crash is due to driver error, it may be because their employer requires unsafe hours that result in serious fatigue. If mechanical failure is involved, it may be the fault of the manufacturer or department responsible for vehicle upkeep.
No matter who is responsible, though, a personal injury attorney can independently investigate the accident, determine who should be named as defendants and pursue a settlement on behalf of the victim and their family.