Houston Bus Accident Lawyer
Texas Bus Accident Attorneys
Bus accidents can cause serious devastation to passengers on the bus as well as to drivers of other vehicles, pedestrians, or motorcycle riders who are involved in a collision. Because buses are so large and often carry multiple passengers, the potential for injury is great when a bus accident occurs, and often serious injury results.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a bus accident, it is advisable to get legal help as soon as possible to understand your rights. There are many legal complexities involved with knowing who can be held responsible for a bus accident, and the sooner you contact an attorney for assistance, the better your chances are of getting determining who the responsible parties are.
At Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., our experienced bus accident lawyers have represented many clients who suffered injury as a result of a bus accident. If you or a loved one has been harmed through the negligence of a bus driver or bus company, contact us today to learn how we can help.
Who Is Responsible For a Bus Accident?
In many cases, bus accidents occur when the driver of the bus is negligent and fails to operate the vehicle with the caution that would be expected of a reasonable commercial driver. For example, the driver may run a red light, drive above the speed limit, follow someone too closely, fail to obey traffic signals, drive too quickly for weather conditions, failure to check blind spots when changing lanes, or otherwise take unnecessary and dangerous chances. The bus driver may also be distracted and not pay sufficient attention to bike riders, pedestrians, motorcycle riders and others who the bus is sharing the road with.
However, the bus driver may not be the only party who should be held liable and, in many cases, may not be the best party to make a claim against. The employer of the bus driver may also be held responsible, both based on their own negligence in hiring or supervising the driver or based on the fact that the driver is working for them at the time when he causes injury.
You should also be aware that there are other concerns when a school bus is owned and operated by a government agency. Different municipalities, county and state agencies have different rules regarding who much be give notice and when. Failure to comply with the rules and strict deadlines may result in the loss of your claim entirely. Fore more reading on this, please see: Bus Accidents and the Texas Tort Claims Act.
At Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., our accident attorneys will examine the facts of your case and help ensure that all responsible parties for your injuries are held liable. In recent years we have successfully recovered settlements and verdicts against local companies such as First Transit and Houston Metro as well as represented injured victims of the 2012 Academy Texas school bus accident. We have the experience to help you.
Common Causes of Bus Accidents
Buses are commercial motor vehicles making them subject to many of the same rules and restrictions as truck drivers. There are countless reasons a bus accident may occur. Obviously, just because a bus is in an accident does not mean the bus driver was automatically at fault. The conduct of all drivers must be investigated in every collision. But these are some of the common causes of commercial motor vehicle accidents accidents:
- Failure to maintain a proper lookout
- Driver distraction such as talking or texting on a cell phone
- Failure to maintain the brakes
- Driving at excessive speed
- Driver fatigue
In addition to being subject to many state and federal commercial motor vehicle laws, bus drivers in Texas and many other states are held to a higher standard of care than other drivers. These vehicles are what is known as “common carriers.’ A common carrier is a motor vehicle that carries passengers or property for hire. Because these vehicles drive for a living, they are expected to exercise the utmost care in the operation of the vehicle. Failure to follow this standard may result in an accident.
Getting Legal Help From Our Texas Bus Accident Lawyers
If you have been involved in any type of bus accident, either as a passenger on the bus who was injured or as another driver or pedestrian who got hurt, call 713-932-0777. The consultation is always free no matter how long it takes and if you hire us, you do not pay a dime unless we make a recovery.
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