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When you need to take a bus somewhere, the last thing on your mind is something happening that could get your hurt. We trust bus companies and their drivers to get us from place to place safely, whether our destination is across town or hundreds of miles away.

But we also know that there are risks when it comes to buses. What would you do if the bus you are on, or a bus near you, cause you harm?

This recent accident has us asking questions. First, we want to highlight that, thankfully, nobody was killed in this accident that involved a bus and a truck. That is likely because the only person on the bus was the driver. Had there been passengers on board, the situation would have been very different.

It happened when a charter bus pulled over on the side of the highway, on the shoulder of eastbound CA-84. A truck that was traveling at a high rate of speed slammed into the back of the bus.

Both the bus and truck driver was transported to the hospital and treated for minor injuries.

Again, we are thankful the bus was not filled with passengers, but we have some concerns about safety. At the Allegiance Law, we want to make sure you have a bus accident attorney in San Francisco if you need one.

Why They Happen

While we realize that sometimes accidents happen and nobody is to blame, many times they are preventable – particularly bus accidents.

We want to talk about two things that can contribute to bus accidents: vehicle failure and driver error.

Vehicle failure would be much less common if bus companies regularly inspect and maintain their vehicles. The following can have devastating results:

  • Tire or wheel failure
  • Powertrain failure
  • Brake failure
  • Lighting malfunctions

Sometimes, these failures result in drivers immediately losing control of the bus. Other times, it forces them to pull the bus over. As you can see in the story above, this can also have deadly consequences.

If a company does not take care of their vehicles, their negligence could harm or kill people.

Drivers must also operate responsibly. This means never driving while distracted or impaired, both of while putting the lives of their passengers and other people on the roadway at a significant risk of harm.

What You Can Do

If you are injured in a bus accident and you believe it was caused by someone else’s negligence, please seek legal assistance. We know how quickly medical expenses can pile up and we do not want them to cause you financial instability. The situation can be even worse if you have to miss work and lose income.

Will you be able to support your family?

At Allegiance Law, we will be here when you need a San Francisco bus accident attorney. You can contact us by clicking here or calling 415-404-6395 for a free consultation. We will investigate your case and work to get you the compensation you deserve.

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