What is Vicarious Liability?

Vicarious liability is a legal theory of liability that imputes liability from a negligent actor to another person or company for whom the negligent actor was acting on behalf of.  It is important in cases where the negligent actor does not have sufficient insurance nor assets to adequately compensate the victim of his negligence. In […]

Spotlight on School Bus Stop Safety

We already knew that Houston school zones can be hazardous, but the danger to kids traveling to and from school doesn’t end there. Recent events around the country have turned the spotlight on school bus stop safety. School children in at least four states were killed by motor vehicles while approaching or waiting at school […]

Houston Child Left to Die on Daycare Bus is an Example of Gross Negligence

July 19, 2018. A daycare field trip turned fatal yesterday when the bus returned to the Discovering Me Academy from a field trip and employees apparently failed to clear the bus before leaving it parked in the sweltering Texas heat.  A 3-year-old child was left on a daycare bus unnoticed when the bus was closed […]

Alabama Bus Accident Involving Channelview High School Band Students

Early this morning, a charter bus carrying Channelview High School band students plunged into a 50 foot Alabama ravine. There has been one confirmed fatality, and more than 20 people have been taken to hospitals in the surrounding area. The Texas high school students were returning home from a trip to Disney World when the […]

Is it Time to Change the Laws Regarding Bus Liability and Insurance in Texas?

Buses come in a wide variety of sizes and have a wide variety of uses in Texas. There are metropolitan area buses, school buses, airport shuttles, casino shuttles, private coaches, greyhounds and countless other types of buses on Texas roads every day.  In light of their prevalence and the millions of lives depending upon them […]

The Effect of Fog on Winter Accidents in Texas

Although accidents due to ice and snow are certainly possible in the state of Texas, the top causes of winter motor vehicle accidents in the area are rain and fog. According to the American Automobile Association, accidents that occur in fog cause 155% more fatalities than motor vehicle accidents that occur in clear weather. Furthermore, […]

Student Dies Falling From School Bus

A 14-year-old boy in Harlingen recently died after falling out of the rear emergency door of a moving school bus. At the time that this accident occurred, Vernon Middle School students were on a field trip to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley campus in Edinburg. The bus was traveling on Expressway 281 in […]

9 Tips to Avoid Accidents When Driving Around School Buses

Always obey the posted speed limits. If the road is divided into two roadways with a barrier in the center, you are not required to stop when a school bus picks up or unloads passengers on the other side of the road. Be alert to school zone signals. Do not downplay school bus accidents. Although […]

Bus Accidents and The Texas Tort Claims Act

On September 15, 2015 a Houston Independent School District school bus bound for Furr High School flipped over a guardrail on I-610 and crashed to the road below. Two students died in the incident, with one pronounced dead at the scene and the other pronounced dead at the hospital. It appears as if another vehicle […]

FMCSA’s Operation Quick Strike to Reduce Bus Accident Injuries & Fatalities

The Federal Motor Coach Safety Administration (FMCSA) is in the midst of a nation-wide crackdown on passenger bus safety violators sparked by the rise in passenger bus fatalities and injuries.  The FMCSA is the US  Department of Transportation (DOT) appointed organization that governs and regulates passenger coach safety guidelines.  According to a press release by […]