Bus Accident Attorneys

More and more commercial buses are operating across Texas and the Southwest United States.  Due in part to the expense of air travel, personal vehicles, gas and maintenance - bus lines are again becoming a more popular mode of transportation.
Due to the size of these buses and the fact that weigh as much as 10,000 pounds or more, their sheer size and high center of gravity provide potential safety hazards in the event of a crash.

Additionally, many buses are not equipped with safety restraints or airbags, thus furthering the risk of serious injury or death. NHTSA statistics reported that 251 fatal bus accidents occurred in 2008. According to a preliminary count by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 307 people were killed in those accidents.

There are a number of various reasons that bus crashes occur. In many cases, a driver may not see a smaller vehicle or may be distracted. Other causes include speeding, use of alcohol or drugs, and unfamiliarity with the road, just to name a few. Bus drivers who are unfamiliar with the route or who may be distracted by GPS or other electronics can cause devastating accidents like the Salina bus crash in September 2010 that killed four people and injured 24 when the bus crashed into an overhead bridge and tipped on its side. It is the responsibility of all bus drivers to be attentive and practice safe driving every time they step on the bus.

Ultimately, it is also the responsibility of the bus company to ensure that all drivers are qualified and properly trained to drive their buses and reduce the risk of a bus accident.

Unfortunately, many bus accidents occur where victims walk away from bus accidents with serious, oftentimes catastrophic, injuries that require extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation.

Depending on the circumstances of the commercial bus crash, some types of injuries include, but are not limited to:
  • Broken bones
  • Severed limbs
  • Internal bleeding
  • Burns
  • Head injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Paraplegia and quadriplegia
  • Death
Bus drivers, bus companies and other parties who are responsible for ensuring the safety of all passengers have strict regulations that they must abide by. However, if those standards are ignored, these parties may be held liable for any accident that occurs due to negligence. Injured victims and families of victims who were wrongfully killed have the right to seek compensation for their losses.

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