Deadly Bus Accident
A charter bus accident in the rural part of northern Webb County leaves eight people dead and more than 40 injured. Laredo, Texas, is the nearest city to this region of Webb County. This particularly deadly bus accident was a single-vehicle casualty and occurred along a stretch of Interstate Highway 83, just south of the Webb–Dimmit county line, about 114 miles southwest of San Antonio.
The charter bus was owned by OGA Charters, and was en route from San Juan, Texas, to a casino in Eagle Pass, located in the Rio Grande Valley. It appears that the driver of the charter bus lost control of the wheel, which caused the bus to rollover. According to a spokesperson for the Texas Department of Public Service, seven individuals died at the scene, while another later died in the hospital in Laredo. Investigators confirmed that 22 people were taken to the Laredo Medical Center, while seven others were taken to a hospital in Dimmit County. The full extent of their injuries is unknown.
It is important to understand that while the facts of this accident occurring on said OGA Charter Bus are unknown at this time, at Carabin & Shaw, our San Antonio lawyers believe that these types of bus accidents are completely avoidable with proper action and precaution.
All bus accidents cases are unique and should be evaluated by an experienced personal injury attorney in conjunction with accident investigators. At Carabin & Shaw, we know that it is highly likely that this bus accident involved multiple factors leading up to the tragic occurrence, and our lawyers in San Antonio are trained to pursue every possibility. The most likely of these causes include:
- Poor Or Diminished Bus Maintenance - If this OGA Charter Bus as described above was not properly maintained, or OGA Charters failed as a cooperation to meet proper safety regulations, they can and will be held responsible by our attorney team. In this case, it is often possible that the bus manufacturer, the travel agency company, or the Casino that hired OGA Charters, or even the entity that possesses ownership of the buses could also be held liable.
- Negligent Driving - Speeding, operating at an excess speed despite rain, weather, or other causes of slick roads, failure to yield, and other acts of vehicular operation negligence and/or inattentiveness may have also contributed to this deadly bus accident.
- Improper Hiring - If, for example, OGA Charters hired any under-qualified or unlicensed drivers, then one of these drivers, the employer, or even the holding company could be held accountable for the mishap. Bus companies such as OGA Charters should only hire drivers with the proper drivers’ licenses, a clean driving history, and proper research into background checks, police reports, and traffic ticket history.
Deadly bus accidents are about three times more lethal for passengers than those in collisions involving smaller vehicles. In fact, since the year 2004, more than 100 riders have perished in Texas bus mishaps. Almost half of those casualties were the driver, who often takes the brunt of these collisions head on.
Do not become an unintentional statistic. Instead, call the experienced San Antonio attorneys at Carabin & Shaw. We have over 20 years of experience dealing with cases such as this, and we are prepared to offer a free consultation to make you aware of your best options moving forward. Our lawyers will stop at nothing to obtain maximum compensation for all damages accrued by our clients that were affected by a deadly bus accident.
Contact a Carabin & Shaw San Antonio deadly bus accident lawyer today online, or call us toll free at 1.800.862.1260, day or night.