When you are involved in a rollover accident, it is critical to determine, first of all, who is at fault and second if there is insurance to cover for that accident.
Sean M. Cleary
Although in the case of buses the rollover is a relatively rare accident type, it is the most dangerous one. Types of buses most commonly involved in rollovers are long-distance tourist buses, small buses, intercity and local buses, double-decker buses, school buses, and city, local buses. The number of casualties/accident in bus rollover crashes is around 25 and in frontal collisions, the second most dangerous bus accident type, the number of fatalities is around 17. Florida, and in particular the Miami area, are filled with buses, including school, general city transportation, and tourist buses. This means that busing accidents are relatively common and usually involve injuries of numerous individuals.
Bus rollover accident
In a rollover, the occupants may be endangered by four mechanisms
Intrusion. Due to large-scale deformations in the structure of the bus and the loss of space, elements from the structure of the bus intrude the body of occupants or crash them.
Projection. The uncontrolled movement of the occupants inside the bus, causes their bodies to crash against the structural parts of the passenger compartment.
Total ejection. During the rollover, occupants may be ejected through the broken or fallen windows and crushed by the rolling bus.
Partial ejection. At the time of the rollover, the passenger's body could come into contact with the outside surface and could be strongly scratched. Also, parts of the body (head, arms, chest) could get under the window column or waist rail and be pressed into it.
In attempts to avoid crashes, NHTSA will require electronic stability control (ESC) for new buses larger than 33K pounds, while buses between 26K and 33K pounds, will have until 2019 to comply. NHTSA estimates that ESC on buses would prevent as many as 2,3K crashes and as many as 858 injuries, plus save as many as 60 lives each year.
How can The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary help you in a bus rollover accident?
Some entities may be held liable for a bus accident; however, filing a lawsuit is usually a complicated process. It is important to plan an appointment with an experienced rollover lawyer as soon as possible to ensure you receive full compensation for your losses. The Law Offices Of Sean M. Cleary based in Miami can assist you with Florida bus rollover crashes. We collaborate with experts and engineers who can provide reliable information about the nature and extent of each defendant's negligence.
In each case we represent, we consult with engineers and experts, who can reconstruct the accident scene or vehicle and provide us with an explanation of contributing factors, including negligence, breach of state or federal motor carrier safety regulations, and design or manufacturing defects.