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Have You Been Hurt in a Bus Crash?
Buses are a common site throughout Texas. Hundreds of thousands of passengers use buses annually to travel from place to place. Some buses offer local transit around a city and service commercial districts, while others use buses as their way to commute to and from work. Still others decide to ride on a bus as they travel out of state to see loved ones. Whatever the reason, Texas citizens are boarding buses in large numbers each year and that is a pattern that is expected to continue in the coming decades.
Most of these residents travel safely while aboard these buses but unfortunately, many sustain injuries each year in Texas bus accidents. Commonly these injuries are very severe, in part because passengers do not use seat belts while riding on most buses. With several bus companies servicing Austin and Texas in its entirety, it may not be surprising that these bus crashes account for many injuries annually and unfortunately some may result in death. If you suffer an injury, make sure to speak with an Austin bus crash lawyer ASAP.
What are some of the common causes of bus crashes?
Bus drivers face many of the same challenges as any driver, plus some other unique issues. Some common causes of bus crashes involve:
What injuries are common in bus accidents?
As with any type of collision on Austin streets, the injuries from a bus accident may partially depend on the speed of travel and the size of the other vehicle or vehicles in the crash.
The most common injuries consist of:
What legal rights are available to a bus crash victim?
As a bus crash victim, the law might offer you one or more civil claims to pursue. The claims available will depend on the circumstances of a specific crash and who is at fault in the accident.
At Fault Third Parties
If another motorist causes an accident with a bus while you are an occupant on that bus, you may have a claim against the other driver for your injuries. If the other motorist does not have sufficient insurance coverage available for all of the injuries suffered in the accident or if the other driver has no insurance available at all, you may also have a right to bring an uninsured or underinsured case against your own insurance provider or the bus company itself, if there is UM coverage available.
At Fault Bus Driver
On the other hand, if the crash is due to a negligent bus driver and you were either a bus passenger or in another vehicle, you might have a claim against the bus driver and the bus company. This holds true even if the bus owner is a municipality, like a city bus used for public transportation.
Safety Defects on a Bus
Lastly, if the crash is caused by some defect in the bus itself and not through actions of any drivers, you might have a claim against the:
Any bus driver who is hurt in a collision may also have a claim for worker's compensation for their injuries.
The possibility of so many claims makes a bus accident case complicated and complex. Often the more vehicles involved in the crash, the more complicated the claim( s). This is a reason that when picking a bus accident attorney in Austin, you want to pick one with experience prosecuting personal injury cases.
What do I do after I'm involved in a bus accident?
You may be rattled and in a state of shock after being involved in a bus crash. However there are a few important things that you should do before leaving the scene.
How much can I recover financially after a bus accident?
The amount of money you may receive after a bus crash will depend a lot on the seriousness of your injuries. Generally, you may recoup the costs of your:
Families who have lost a loved one in a Austin bus crash may also collect for any treatment their loved one received prior to passing away in addition to compensation for funeral and burial costs, loss of companionship, and other damages. Talk to an expert Austin bus crash attorney to learn all of your options.
Have you been injured in an Austin bus accident?
The Austin bus accident lawyers at Dunk Law Firm will work to help you obtain the financial recovery that you are entitled to. Bus accident damages might consist of: medical expenses, disfigurement, pain and suffering, loss of normal life, loss of income, and much more. We also seek to recover present and future costs when representing an accident victim.