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Texas Bus Accident Lawyers
What Types of Vehicles can be Involved in a Texas Bus Accident?
Bus accidents can involve public transportation, private buses long distance travel, tour buses, and school buses.
What are the Causes of Texas Bus Accidents?
There are many reasons for bus accidents. Buses are large and heavy, and can be difficult to drive. Texas bus accidents are caused by factors including driver error, driver fatigue, poor road conditions, maintenance issues, negligent hiring of drivers, and more. Inexperienced or poorly trained drivers have been a major factor in many bus accidents. Drivers can also become tired or distracted, or even drive while intoxicated or while using drugs. Because buses are so large, the brakes must be well-maintained, however maintenance problems are sometimes ignored to keep buses running and make a profit. Having a bus overloaded or failing to keep the appropriate safety equipment on a bus can also cause or contribute to bus accident injuries.
Many buses do not even have seat belts, including the school buses in most states because only six states have passed laws requiring school buses to have seat belts. Lacking bus seat belts isn't the only safety glitch aboard a school bus, tour bus or charter bus.
Due to their bulk and height, buses also have a tendency to roll over in a traffic crash, and since the bus is heavy, when it rolls over onto its roof, the roof can give way and crush victims inside. Buses also have large amounts of glass which can shatter and injure occupants in a bus crash. And with their massive open space, buses have room for loose objects to move around rapidly and harm occupants.
Bus Accident Injures
Bus accidents can result in horrible injuries to passengers, pedestrians, and riders in other vehicles. Bus accident injuries can include: brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, sprains, fractures, abrasions, internal injuries, soft tissue injuries, burn injuries, and death. Severe medical injuries lead to costly medical bills, and sometimes our clients are too disabled to work. Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P. helps our clients obtain the resources they need to rebuild their lives.
Bus Accident Legal Issues
Many buses are owned and/or operated by government entities like your local school district. Therefore, liability is complicated. Our Texas bus accidents attorneys have helped many victims of these dangerous and sometimes deadly motor vehicle accidents. Dealing with a bus company, government entity or the insurance company after a bus accident is nothing like dealing with your normal car accident. At times, you must send out or file required notices very quickly (within days) to preserve your claim against the responsible party.
Liability for bus accidents is usually easy to establish if a bus is privately owned. When it comes to private companies, states consider the owner or owners of a bus to be "common carriers". Under most state laws, common carriers have a higher level of responsibility to drive with care. However, liability can be harder to establish where a bus is government-owned or operated. Only an experienced Texas Bus Accident Lawyer will know about possible governmental immunity.
Our clients can be assured that our bus accident lawyers will thoroughly investigate an incident to make sure that all parties responsible are held accountable for a bus accident. Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P. supports measures to increase bus safety and actively assists injured Texas bus accident victims with their legal claims for compensation. Contact your Texas Bus Accident Lawyers today.