An experienced rear-end accident lawyer knows that rear-end collisions are one of the most common of all crash types in Longwood, Orlando, Sanford, Altamonte Springs, Oviedo, Winter Springs, Winter Park, Casselberry, Wekiva Springs, Maitland, Lake Mary, Heathrow and Eatonville.
These collisions can involve any type of vehicle, but sometimes involve large commercial or school buses. The National Center for Transportation Research undertook a study of rear-end bus crashes that happened between 2008 and 2012. In the geographic location studied, as many as 38.3 percent of all crashes involving buses were rear-end crashes.
The National Center for Transportation Research was hoping to determine why and how buses are rear-ended. The research revealed that the location of the bus stop had a big impact on whether drivers were likely to rear-end a bus. While other factors like higher speeds of surrounding drivers could also increase the risk of a bus being rear ended, location of the stop was one of the biggest issues in determining the likelihood of a bus being struck from behind.
How a Bus Stop Location Affects the Risk of a Rear-End Accident
A bus stop location determines when and where a bus will come to a stop. This, in turn, has an impact on the likelihood that the stopped bus will be struck from behind.
Bus stops located in bus bays were the safest. Of the bus crashes studied, there was only one instance where a bus was rear-ended while located within a bus bay. This incident occurred because the driver was about to become involved in another crash and the driver swerved to avoid that collision, hitting the rear of the bus instead.
Bus stops located within the middle of a lane of traffic were the most dangerous. Buses stopping at these stops were described as "sitting ducks." Drivers do not necessarily expect a bus to be stopped in the middle of a traffic lane and the motorist may not be able to stop in time. The bus driver, within the lane of traffic, has no where to go to avoid being hit from the back.
Bus stops located on six lane roads were also much more likely to be sites of rear-end crashes as compared with bus stops located on either two or four lane roads (this was true for both local and state roads). Six lane roads tend to be a dangerous site for bus stops because the presence of a right turning queue can make it impossible to have a near-sided bus stop. A bus stop that is located on either the far-side or mid-block is more likely to result in a bus being rear-ended.
When a bus is rear-ended, passengers injured in the bus accident will need to determine if the bus driver or the driver in the rear vehicle was to blame. Motorists who rear-end a stopped bus are most likely to be injured and may also have legal rights to compensation.
If you have been injured, contact Law Office of Scott M. Miller at bvismillerstg.wpengine.com or by calling (866) MILLER-5. Serving Longwood, Fla. and Orlando, as well as many other communities in Florida, including Sanford, Altamonte Springs, Oviedo, Winter Springs, Winter Park, Casselberry, Wekiva Springs, Maitland, Lake Mary, Heathrow and Eatonville.