Public and private buses are an essential form of transportation for residents and tourists alike in Nevada cities. School buses, tour buses, shuttle buses, and many other types of buses travel the state’s roads, providing largely safe transportation. However, accidents on the road do happen, and they can also involve buses. Learning Nevada bus accident statistics can help state residents understand the frequency and common consequences of bus accidents.

Nevada Bus Accident Statistics

Bus Accident Statistics Based on State Data

In 2019, there were 196 reported crashes involving buses, according to the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) in a report compiled by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTCSNV). The RTCSNV looks at both statewide and Clark County-specific data in its report.

NDOT considers buses to include hotel buses, school buses, RTC buses, and coach buses. The 196 crashes involving buses made up 0.5% of the total crashes in the state. This was an increase from 2018, which reported 173 crashes involving buses.

From 2015 to 2019, NDOT reported 2,355 bus-related crashes. According to NDOT, the majority of bus accidents reported from 2015 to 2019 resulted in no injury, or it was unknown if they caused an injury. More than 90% of accidents were in this category. Approximately 5% resulted in non-incapacitating injury, and between 1% and 3% resulted in serious injury.

Bus Accidents Statistics in Nevada Based on U.S. Data

In Nevada, there were three buses involved in fatal crashes in 2023, resulting in the same number of fatal crashes, according to information compiled by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The statistics look at buses and large trucks, and there are many more large trucks involved in fatal and non-fatal crashes in the state than buses.

In the same year, there were 18 buses in non-fatal crashes, resulting in the same number of non-fatal crashes. There were a total of 21 fatal and non-fatal crashes, compared to the total of 746 fatal and non-fatal crashes involving both large trucks and buses. There were three fatalities from these crashes involving large buses and trucks, with 20 injuries.

The 2023 and 2022 U.S. DOT statistics for bus crashes in Nevada are very similar, and both are lower than 2021, which saw a total of 32 fatal and nonfatal crashes involving 33 buses. There were seven fatal crashes in 2021, resulting in the same number of fatalities, and 25 non-fatal crashes resulting in 24 injuries.

So far, in 2024, U.S. DOT and FMCSA have reported a total of 400 buses and trucks involved in both fatal and non-fatal accidents in Nevada, 24 of which were buses. There were two fatal crashes resulting in the same number of fatalities, and 22 non-fatal crashes resulting in 26 injuries.

Common Causes of Bus Accidents

Bus accidents can happen for many of the same reasons as other motor vehicle crashes. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Distracted drivers, both bus drivers and other drivers
  • Untrained or inexperienced bus drivers
  • Fatigued and overworked drivers
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Improper or insufficient maintenance on buses
  • Speeding or other forms of reckless driving
  • Violating traffic laws, signs, and signals
  • Bad road conditions
  • Inclement weather

Depending on the cause of a bus accident, different parties can be held responsible for the resulting damages that passengers and bystanders alike suffered.

FAQs

Q: What Is the Number One Cause of Accidents in Nevada?

A: The number one cause of accidents in Nevada is failing to yield the right-of-way, according to information gathered by the Nevada Department of Transportation. It was considered the primary factor in 32,333 crashes in the state from 2015 to 2019, making it the primary cause of 18.3% of crashes.

Failing to yield caused 115 crashes that were fatal, 876 that were incapacitating, and 5,699 that were non-incapacitating. The next most commonly known reported cause of crashes is following too closely, which caused 12.6% of crashes.

Q: How Many Bus Accidents Occur Each Year in the U.S.?

A: In 2023, there were 14,591 crashes nationwide involving buses, according to information gathered by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), resulting in 261 fatalities and 13,662 injuries. This was a decrease from the previous year, which reported 15,103 crashes involving buses. Both years were higher than 2021, which reported 13,435 crashes involving buses, resulting in 282 fatalities and 11,751 injuries. So far, in 2024, the U.S. DOT has reported 5,367 crashes involving buses in the U.S.

Q: How Many Crashes Are Speed-Related in Nevada?

A: 9% of crashes were speed-related in Nevada from the years 2015 to 2019, according to the Nevada Department of Transportation. There were a total of 15,837 crashes in the state that were primarily caused by driving too fast for the road conditions. According to the same information, exceeding the authorized speed limit was the primary known cause of fatal crashes. Although 42% of fatal crashes had unknown or unreported causes, 13%, or 123, fatal crashes were caused by exceeding the speed limit.

Q: What Is the Accident Rate in Las Vegas?

A: The accident rate in Las Vegas in 2022 was 699.29 per 100,000 residents. This is based on information gathered in 2022 by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD), which reported a count of 19,790 total collisions. It is also based on the metro area population of Las Vegas that year, which was 2,830,000. This accident rate may differ based on the specific jurisdiction of the LVMPD.

Contact Easton & Easton, LLP

If you or someone you love was involved in a bus accident in Las Vegas or Nevada, you may want to find a personal injury attorney with experience in bus accidents. When an injury is not your fault and was caused because someone else was negligent, you can recover compensation to cover medical bills and other losses. In bus accidents, there are many parties who may be considered at fault. If you are unsure if you have a claim, contact Easton & Easton, LLP. We can help you review your situation and fight for your interests.