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Have You Been Hurt in a Bus Crash?
Buses are a common site throughout Texas. Hundreds of thousands of commuters 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 means to commute to and from work. Still others decide to ride on a bus as they travel out of state to see family or friends. Whatever the reason, Texas citizens are boarding buses in large numbers every year and that is a pattern that is expected to continue in the coming years.
The majority of these citizens travel safely while aboard these buses but unfortunately, many suffer injuries every year in Texas bus crashes. Commonly these injuries are very significant, partially because passengers do not use seat belts while riding on most buses. With several bus companies servicing Houston and Texas in its entirety, it might not be surprising that these bus crashes account for many injuries each year and unfortunately some may result in death. If you suffer an injury, be sure to speak with a Houston bus crash lawyer ASAP.
What are some of the common reasons for bus accidents?
Bus drivers encounter many of the same challenges as any driver, in addition to a few other unique problems. Some common causes of bus accidents involve:
What injuries are common in bus crashes?
As with any type of collision on Houston roadways, the injuries from a bus crash might in part depend on the speed of travel and the size of the other vehicle or vehicles in the collision.
The most prevalent injuries include:
What Legal Rights are Available to a Bus Crash Victim?
As a bus crash victim, the law might offer you several civil claims to pursue. The claims available will rely on the circumstances of a specific accident and who is at fault in the crash.
At Fault Third Parties
If another motorist causes a collision with a bus while you are a passenger on that bus, you may have a claim against the other motorist for your injuries. If the other motorist does not have enough insurance coverage available for all of the injuries sustained in the collision or if the other motorist has no insurance available at all, you might also have a right to bring an uninsured or underinsured case against your own insurance company or the bus company itself, if there is UM coverage available.
At Fault Bus Driver
On the other hand, if the collision is because of a negligent bus driver and you were either a bus occupant or in another vehicle, you might have a claim against the bus driver and the bus company. This is 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 by 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 crash case complicated and complex. Typically the more vehicles involved in the accident, the more complex the case( s). This is a reason that when choosing a bus accident lawyer in Houston, you want to choose one with experience prosecuting personal injury claims.
What do I do after I'm involved in a bus crash?
You may be rattled and in a state of shock after being involved in a bus crash. But 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 might receive after a bus crash will depend a great deal on the severity of your injuries. In general, you may recoup the costs of your:
Families who have lost a loved one in a Houston bus crash can also collect for any treatment their loved one sustained before passing away along with compensation for funeral and burial expenses, loss of companionship, and other damages. Speak with an expert Houston bus crash lawyer to learn all of your options.
Have you been hurt in a Houston Bus Accident?
The Houston bus accident lawyers at Dunk Law Firm will strive to help you receive the financial recovery that you are entitled to. Bus accident damages may include: medical costs, disfigurement, pain and suffering, loss of normal life, loss of income, and much more. We also aim to recover present and future expenses when defending a crash victim.