MTA Accidents in Nashville
Experienced Nashville Bus Accident Attorneys
The Metropolitan Transit Authority is responsible for transporting hundreds
of commuters every day. It is hard to wander Nashville without seeing
the massive vehicle going from one destination to the next. On average,
the MTA buses operate almost 11 million hours a year, carrying just under
10 million riders. These buses make an average of 850,000 passenger trips
a year. Given the number of passengers and the popularity of the transit
system, it is important that MTA buses follow regulations to ensure safety
both for the passengers in the vehicle as well as the other cars on the road.
While not as common as
auto accidents with four-wheel cars, MTA bus accidents have the potential to cause
catastrophic injury and property damage. The average city bus is between 35 ft. to 50 ft.
long and approximately 8 ft. wide. It can weigh anywhere from 25,000 to
40,000 pounds. If an MTA bus collides with a smaller car, it can cause
great harm to everyone involved. Drivers and manufacturers of these buses
are responsible for ensuring rider safety.
If you were involved in an MTA accident, call our
Nashville bus accident lawyers today!
Common Causes for MTA Accidents
According to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security,
an average of 261 deaths occurred on the road last year. Only two of these
accidents involved buses, but it was enough to cause lasting harm. Why
do MTA accidents occur? Many factors can be involved.
Common reasons for MTA bus accidents include:
Driver Fatigue – Much like
truck drivers’ fatigue, MTA drivers also have a limited number of hours they should drive. If
overworked, the operators’ exhaustion will cause them to lose focus
and cause potential harm.
Aggressive Driving and Speeding – Bus drivers are responsible for the lives of everyone in their vehicle.
As such, they must drive with case. If they speed or drive aggressively,
the risk their passengers’ lives as well as the lives of other drivers
on the road.
Violating Rules – Like all drivers, bus operators must follow safety rules and regulations
of the road. If they fail to stop at a stop sign or refuse to adhere to
traffic lights, they endanger everyone on the road.
Faulty Equipment – Buses require constant upkeep and maintenance checks. Not all companies
want to pay for equipment checks. This form of negligence can lead to
extensive injuries and damage.
Lack of Driver Qualifications – Each bus driver must have a special license to operate a large vehicle.
MTA drivers must obtain a commercial driver’s license with passenger
endorsements. Their qualifications and training need to be checked before
their hire. If the bus company fails to do that, their negligence can
hurt the riders.
Involved in an MTA Accident? Call Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge today!
Our attorneys understand the trauma and pain that occurs during a bus accident.
If the driver or bus company was negligent, they should be held accountable
for any injuries or property damage caused. Our Nashville bus accident
attorneys have a comprehensive understanding of the legal system and can help you.
We can help you seek compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Property damage or loss
- Lost wages
- Wrongful death
- Pain and suffering
If you or a loved one was involved in a Nashville MTA accident,
contact our attorneys today. We’ll fight on your behalf and help you seek the restitution you
deserve. Call to schedule a free consultation!