When you think of traffic accidents, you probably think about traditional car accidents, truck accidents with big rigs, motorcycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents. But bus accidents? You probably don’t think of those as much. While there are school and public bus accidents, they are very rare. For the purposes of this article, we’re going to discuss another breed of bus accident – tour bus accidents.
Here in Plano, some of our top sights include Southfork Ranch, Arbor Hills Nature Preserve, Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve, Cavanaugh Flight Museum, the Dark Hour Haunted House, Heritage Farmstead Museum, and Bob Woodruff Park. Then, when you head into Dallas, there are a whole lot more popular tourist destinations. When people are visiting a popular tourist attraction, they just might jump on a tour bus to get themselves there.
How Tour Bus Crashes Can Happen
When you get on a tour bus, a crash is probably one of the last things on your mind, but bus accidents do happen. What can go wrong? A lot can go wrong. Here are some examples of how a tour bus can crash:
- The bus driver speeds or drives recklessly.
- The bus driver has a heart attack or seizure while driving.
- The bus driver texts while driving and gets in a crash.
- The bus driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs and causes a crash.
- The bus slides on black ice.
- The bus driver drives too fast for conditions and flips the bus.
- A semi-truck driving the wrong way crashes into the bus.
- A brake failure causes the driver to lose control and crash the bus.
- A tire failure causes the bus driver to lose control of the bus, leading to a crash.
- A fatigued bus driver falls asleep at the wheel and crashes the bus.
- A car swerves into the path of a tour bus, causing a crash.
Are Tour Buses as Safe as School Buses?
You may be wondering if tour buses are as safe as school buses and the answer is “No!” According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “The school bus is the safest vehicle on the road.” In fact, it’s much safer to send your child to school on a school bus than for you to drive them yourself. Why? Because the NHTSA’s safety standards are set much higher for school buses than they are for public transportation buses and for tour buses.
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