On 4/11/13 a charter bus outside of Dallas veered off the Dallas turnpike, rode on top of a concrete barrier and rolled over on its side. The passengers in route to casinos in Oklahoma suffered injuries and deaths. These types of catastrophes make one wonder why all busses are not equipped with seat belts and airbags.
Bus accidents are highly traumatic and likely to lead to severe injuries or death, due to the sheer size of the vehicle involved. As a result of a bus crash, a victim can suffer painful injuries such as broken bones, spinal cord injuries, head injuries, burns and more. These injuries lead to huge medical expenses for the victim and family, emotional pain and suffering, and can even debilitate the victim for life.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2009, 221 buses were involved in fatal car crashes and 10,000 buses were involved in accidents resulting in injury. Bus accidents can be caused by various factors such as driver fatigue, reckless driving, improper maintenance, and poor weather or road conditions.
There are several types of buses, including buses for public transportation, long–distance travel, and school buses. Bus drivers and bus companies are considered “common carriers” because their business transports passengers, and are therefore held to a high standard of care. The legal issues involved in bus accidents can be complex, because some types of buses (e.g. school buses) are operated by government entities. Establishing who is liable or at fault for the accident can be difficult. Therefore, if you are involved in a bus accident, it is essential to have an attorney with expertise in personal injury law who can investigate the accident, assess the evidence, and represent your interests most effectively.
Blake Bailey is a respected Texas attorney who has received the highest AV rating from Martindale–Hubbell and was featured as one of the top 500 Lawyers in America in Fortune Magazine. He is board–certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in personal injury trial law, a distinction given to attorneys with special competence and excellence in a specific area of law.
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