Washington is home to many colleges and universities, most of which have to figure out a way to transport large groups of students at times. The best way to transport groups of people is often via bus. This type of transport is also more economical than cars because buses can transport more individuals at once. There are dangers to taking a bus, however. A bus usually does not have the same safety features as a car, such as an airbag or a seat belt for every occupant. These differences can make bus accidents even more dangerous for both passengers and others on the road.
It does not appear that any information has been released about what might have caused the school bus crash in central Washington last week that injured 39 students. There is much to investigate in bus accidents--including the driver's history, log books, vehicle maintenance records as well as information about the bus company.
Many Seattle area residents are probably unaware that private and public bus drivers have a duty to maintain the safety of their passengers. In some cases, a bus driver can be held accountable if he or she failed to protect one passenger from another.