Bus accidents happen frequently in Texas, causing injuries each year. But how do these bus accident injuries occur and what does it mean for bus accident survivors. Our slideshare gives you the answers.
CHARTERED BUS ACCIDENTS
What is a Chartered Bus?
People hire chartered buses to take tours, travel, shop and go to sporting
events. As opposed to public transit buses, chartered buses are owned and
maintained by private companies. Many of these buses offer special
amenities and services, while others are basic transportation methods used
by those who want to get to their destination affordably. When these buses
are involved in road accidents, the results can be disastrous for passengers
and for any other vehicle occupants or pedestrians involved.
Bus Accident Statistics
• In 2015, there were 21 fatal bus crashes inTexas.
• In 2014, there were 234 bus crashes in the United States.
• In 2014, there were 281 fatalities in bus crashes, 44 of which
were occupants of the bus.
• In 2014, there were 22,000 injuries in bus crashes.
• In 2014, there were 78 pedestrian fatalities and 14 bicyclist
fatalities in bus crashes.
Common Causes of Bus Accidents
Like most types of vehicle accidents, bus accidents are often caused by human error.
More often than not, it is the fault of a driver. In some cases, the company who owns
the bus fails to properly maintain the vehicle, leading to serious injuries or even
fatalities of occupants. A bus accident may be caused by:
• Distracted Driving
• Drowsy Driving
• Reckless Driving (Speeding, Improper Lane Shifts, IgnoringTraffic Laws, etc.)
• Impaired Driving
• Driving Improperly for Weather Conditions
• Defective Vehicles
• An Improperly Maintained Bus.
Injuries in Bus Accidents
Bus accidents can cause devastating and fatal injuries, both to bus
occupants and to occupants of other vehicles involved in a collision.
Some of these injuries include:
• Internal Organ Damage
• SpinalCord Injuries
• Traumatic Brain Injuries
• Wrongful Death
Who is to Blame For Bus Accidents?
Determining fault for bus accidents can be a much more
complicated process than one might assume. A bus driver or
other drivers involved in a crash might hold some of the
responsibility. If the condition of the bus was also a factor, the
owner of the bus might be held responsible. In many cases, there
are multiple factors leading to a vehicle accident, and blame can
be attributed to a number of parties.
The Laredo Chartered Bus Accident
One of the biggest chartered bus accidents in recent years occurred in May
of 2016, when a bus rolled over on northbound Highway 83 inWebb County.
Eight people died and 44 more were injured after the bus driver lost control
of the vehicle, according to a trooper responding to the scene.While
investigators still aren’t sure of the cause of the accident, it is known that
the bus company that owned the vehicle has had previous inspection
problems with other buses.
Other Examples of Bus Accidents
• In 2015, 10 passengers were killed in a prison bus accident in Odessa when
the vehicle slid off an icy road and collided with a passenger train.
• AnotherTexas bus accident occurred in 2008 in Sherman, when a bus
driver lost control of the vehicle, which then turned on its side, killing 17
passengers. Investigators found that the bus was operating illegally, and
the accident was believed to be caused by a blown tire. It is also suspected
that the driver of the bus had a criminal record.
Watch Out For Chameleon Carriers
While most commercial motor vehicle companies try to comply
with regulations and respond to the citations that they receive,
others simply close up shop and reopen under a different name in
an attempt to skirt regulations entirely.These businesses are known
as “chameleon carriers,” and they typically have a much higher
crash rate than their law-abiding counterparts.The Government
AccountabilityOffice says that up to “18 percent of the applicants
with chameleon attributes were involved in severe crashes
compared with 6 percent of new applicants without chameleon
Challenges for Bus Accident Survivors
Survivors in bus accidents can face a number of obstacles stemming from
the injuries they’ve suffered, including pain, suffering, medical bills,
ongoing treatment costs and loss of income or work capacity. For those
that have lost loved ones in bus accidents, challenges include coping with
the death of a family member, in addition to end-of-life costs, such as
funeral or burial expenses.
We Can Help
If you or a loved one has been injured in a
bus accident inTexas, the attorneys at
Guajardo & Marks can help. Our bus
accident attorneys will investigate your case
to determine who is at fault for the
accident. We will provide you with
aggressive representation to ensure that
you get the compensation that you deserve.
Contact us today to learn more about how
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