Along with trucking accidents, bus accidents can be the most devastating, resulting in severe injuries and carrying a higher number of fatalities. Buses can be dozens of feet long and weigh tens of thousands of pounds, while the average passenger car only weighs about 3,000 to 4,000 pounds. In addition to the danger of colliding with a bus when on the road, passengers inside the bus are also at great risk of injury given that buses often don’t have seatbelts or safety devices, such as airbags.
Common Causes of Bus Accidents
When bus accidents do happen, the Houston bus accident attorney team at Richard J. Plezia & Associates knows that they can have serious consequences. Sadly, most do not have to happen given the following common causes of bus accidents are 100% avoidable. They include:
- Driver errors
- Driver negligence
- Running through cross lights or stop signs
- Distracted driving, including talking on a phone or texting
- Failure to turn properly causing the bus to tip over
- Failure to stop at railroad crossings
- Improperly maintained brakes, steering, or other components of the bus
- Improperly trained or screened drivers
- Driver who is under the influence of alcohol or other illicit substance
Apart from drivers of passenger vehicles, the state of Texas and other states have special rules and regulations regarding the operation of a bus. For example, it is illegal for bus drivers to use cell phones or to send and receive text messages at any time while they are behind the wheel. Bus drivers must also submit to drug and alcohol tests, as well as obtain and keep a license to drive a bus. They must also be trained in bus maintenance and adhere to certain safety standards.
Bus Accident Injuries
Those who are in a bus accident can receive any number of injuries, whether they are inside the bus, in another vehicle, as a pedestrian, or as a cyclist. These injuries include but are not limited to:
- Broken bones and fractures
- Neck trauma and/or whiplash
- Head injuries, including fractures
- Brain injuries, including concussions, internal bleeding, and many others
- Spine injuries, including fractures, herniated discs, or decreased movement
- Limb injury leading to limited movement or amputation
- Damage to internal organs
- Cuts, bruises, scratches, and lacerations
- Being struck or crushed when thrown from the bus or vehicle
- Paraplegia or quadriplegia
- Injuries leading to death
A Houston Bus Accident Attorney Can Help
The state of Texas has specific rules designed to protect the victims of bus accidents, and it is important to choose an attorney who knows them. For example, bus accident victims are allowed to file claims for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other costs. However, according to state law an individual who has sustained injuries or the family of someone who died in a bus accident can be barred from filing a claim against the bus company if they do not act within a specific period of time, which is known as a statute of limitations.
If you or a loved one has been in injured in a bus accident, there is a limited time to act. Please contact a Houston bus accident attorney at Richard J. Plezia & Associates to discuss your case and your options to file suit with no obligation.