Common Injuries in Bus Crashes
Both passengers on the bus and other drivers can be injured in bus crashes. Even bus riders are not safe from injury given the way that the bus is designed, even though the collision is with a much smaller vehicle.
Passengers on the bus can be injured because there are no seatbelts or restraints on the bus. A sudden lurch or sharp stop can knock riders off their feet. These injuries can include:
- Head and neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Broken bones
Drivers who are involved in an accident with a bus could be hurt far worse because of the disparity in weight between the bus and the car. Regardless of where on the car the driver is hit, the injuries could be serious. Common injuries that drivers will suffer include:
- Traumatic brain injuries – the impact of the crash could cause the head to hit another object or be injured when the airbag violently deploys.
- Spinal cord injuries – a serious injury to your back or neck could damage the spinal cord.
- Severe fractures – the impact of the accident could cause broken bones, especially when part of your body is slammed against part of your own car.
- Internal injuries – these are very dangerous injuries caused by blunt force trauma.
- Whiplash = being hit from behind will cause your head to violently snap forward, injuring your back or causing a concussion.
- Serious lacerations – your windshield may shatter in an accident, and landing on glass or being hit by it can cause severe cuts, leading to permanent scarring.
Call an Atlanta Bus Accident Lawyer
If you have suffered an injury in a bus accident, there may be special rules that require you to act quickly. You should never wait to start protecting your rights. Contact Ben F Windham PC online to schedule your free initial consultation.