Buses offer a unique alternative to the average passenger vehicle driver. In large cities, buses offer an option to commute into the city, or offer an option for inner-city commuting. Rural cities and towns also offer buses as a way to get from one part of the state to another without driving yourself. Buses are also used on a daily basis to shuttle children to and from school. However, buses are often not equipped with seat belts or any kind of safety harness for passengers, and therefore bus accidents can lead to severe injuries as passengers are subjected to the full weight and force of impact. If you or a loved one have been injured in a bus accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries.
Texas Bus Accident Statistics
Compared to the total number of vehicles involved in accidents during 2014, the number of buses involved in fatal accidents remains low, only approximately 20 in 2014. However, each bus accident represents more than one person, and often impacts the lives of dozens of people. The Texas Department of Transportation also lists approximately 80 buses as involved in accidents resulting in “incapacitating injuries” and a total number of approximately 3,200 buses as involved in accidents throughout 2014. Bus drivers must go through rigorous training to ensure they can handle so large a vehicle, although not every bus driver is able to quickly react when a dangerous situation presents itself. An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to assist you after a bus accident in determining the responsible party.
Bus Accident Recovery
Unlike ordinary car accident accidents, bus accidents offer multiple methods of recovery. While the bus driver may be the negligent party in certain bus accidents, the victim may look to the bus company for compensation for their resulting injuries. Other accidents may be the fault of another motor vehicle driver, at which case the victim will have to look toward that driver’s insurance company for damages. These entities may be held liable for the following damages:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to assist you in calculating the full amount of damages you may be entitled to receive based on your injuries and will be able to help you project out what your future wages and future medical care may amount to. It is important to consult with an attorney prior to accepting a settlement offer from another party’s insurance company. Insurance companies often attempt to settle quickly and at a low amount, with the promise that a victim will get paid out quickly. However, if you settle with an insurance company, you may lose the opportunity to bring a claim later on which will cover added expenses such as lost wages.
Malley Law Firm | Houston Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one have been injured in a bus accident, do not hesitate to contact the Malley Law Firm. Tony Malley has years of experience in handling personal injury cases resulting from bus accidents. Buses offer far less protection than an ordinary passenger vehicle and therefore the risk to passengers is often greater. Victims of bus accident should not be responsible for the whole of their medical care and related expenses. Contact our Beaumont or Houston offices today for your initial free consultation.