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Bus Accident Statistics: National And Michigan

The bus accident statistics confirm what is known by experienced attorneys. There are many types of these automobile crashes that occur every year and, tragically, they all too frequently involve the loss of life and injury to the victims involved. 

Serious bus crashes may seem rare due to the fact that there are fewer buses on the roads than passenger cars. But the truth is that serious safety issues that often arise when there’s negligent management and operation of those buses put the country’s driving public at risk.

Older school buses, motor coaches, and Greyhound buses that lack seat belts and other safety equipment may increase the risk of injury or death from a bus crash.

Due to their sheer size, weight, speed and force, buses that are involved in accidents can cause severe or deadly injuries for passengers, drivers, occupants of other vehicles as well as motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians. A typical, fully-loaded school bus can weigh about 42,000 pounds, while an average passenger car weighs approximately 3,000 pounds. Given this size disparity and the basic laws of physics, any collision between a bus and another vehicle is likely to yield tragic results.

National bus accident statistics

According to the Federal Motor Carries Safety Administration (FMCSA) national bus accident statistics, there were a total of 65,230 bus crashes in 2018. There were 230 fatal crashes involving buses resulting in 262 fatalities and 15,000 injury crashes involving buses, resulting in 27,000 people being injured. 

(Source: U.S. DOT/FMSCA Analysis Division, “Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts 2018,” Trends Tables 22, 23 and 24, published September 2020)

Michigan bus accident statistics

According to the Michigan bus accident statistics there were a total of 15,798 bus (and truck) crashes in Michigan in 2019, according to the most current figures available from Michigan Traffic Crash Facts. Of those bus crashes, 105 were “fatal crashes” and 2,805 were “injury crashes.”

Note: For MTCF’s reporting purposes, bus crash data is combined with truck accident data.

(Source: Michigan Traffic Crash Facts, 2019, Statewide, “Vehicle/Driver,” “Heavy Truck/Bus”; MTCF, 2019, Fact Sheets, “Heavy Trucks/Buses”)

National school bus accident statistics

According to the national school bus accident statistics there were 84 fatal motor vehicle crashes involving school buses nationwide in 2018, resulting in 94 fatalities. 

(Source: U.S. DOT/FMSCA Analysis Division, “Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts 2018,” Trends Tables 25 and 27, published September 2020)

Michigan school bus crash data

There were 1,197 school bus crashes in Michigan in 2019, resulting in six fatalities, according to the most current figures available from Michigan Traffic Crash Facts. However, none of the deaths involved occupants of the school buses.

(Source: Michigan Traffic Crash Facts, 2019, Fact Sheets, “School Buses”)

Cross-country intercity bus crash data

There were 15 fatal motor vehicle crashes involving school buses nationwide in 2018, resulting in 25 fatalities. 

(Source: U.S. DOT/FMSCA Analysis Division, “Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts 2018,” Trends Tables 25 and 27, published September 2020)

Transit bus crash data

There were 83 fatal motor vehicle crashes involving school buses nationwide in 2018, resulting in 89 fatalities. 

(Source: U.S. DOT/FMSCA Analysis Division, “Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts 2018,” Trends Tables 25 and 27, published September 2020)

Talk to a lawyer

A bus crash lawyer who focuses on bus crashes and who has extensive experience litigating cases for people who have been injured in bus crashes can get you the help you need, including benefits to pay for medical bills and lost wages and a settlement that reflects the full value of your injuries. 

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