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Last month, a multiple-vehicle crash in Chandler caused injuries to a school bus driver, a teenager, and another person. The bus was carrying 16 students who were on their way to Hamilton High School. The chain-reaction accident occurred near Arizona Avenue and Queen Creek Road.
According to the police, an SUV hit a car at about 7 am. The resulting impact caused the sedan to smash into the southbound bus. The injured were taken to the hospital, while the remaining students on the bus were assessed for injuries by the personnel of the fire department.
They were given the go-ahead to return to their campus. The police closed the area to traffic to conduct their investigation.
High Rate of Bus Accidents in Arizona
Buses are a popular mode of transportation in Arizona, considering that this state has numerous tour buses visiting every day – particularly to see the Grand Canyon. As a result, the rate of bus accidents in the state is also high. In 2017, at least 269 crashes in Arizona involved buses and these were not just busses carrying tourists. In as many as nine of these accidents, at least one fatality occurred.
Arizona bus passengers and other vehicle drivers should know that they have a right to seek damages for their injuries in a bus accident by pursuing a personal injury lawsuit or filing an insurance claim.
Causes of Bus Crashes in Arizona
Bus accidents may occur for similar reasons as any other vehicle accidents. Bus driver’s negligence is often a key cause, and in some cases, the negligence of another driver may lead to a bus accident. Some of the typical forms of bus operator negligence may include:
It’s paramount to note that The Grand Canyon State is among the least regulated states when it comes to school bus safety. When someone is killed in a bus accident, their family members may file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault parties.
Arizona does not have a Common Carrier Doctrine
Some states in the US have adopted the Common Carrier Doctrine, under which a bus driver is required to exercise the “maximum degree of care,” rather the more conventional “reasonable degree of care.” But it is notable that the Arizona Supreme Court rejected this doctrine, and the law in the state only requires a “reasonable degree of care” to be exercised by bus drivers.