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Bus Accidents

Bus Accidents

Most cities offer some form of public transportation; for those living in the Carrollton area there is the Dallas Area Rapid Transit System (DART). While many may thing the only public transportation in the area is DART, there are actually a number of other publicly provided bus systems in the Carrollton area including:

  • School buses
  • Charter buses
  • Commercial tour buses
  • Airport shuttle buses
  • Party buses for special occasions

Causes of School Bus Accidents

Driving a school bus is a tough job. It is a large box on wheels filled with noisy children. They often travel in heavy traffic under conditions that can be challenging for even the best of drivers, even seasoned bus drivers. Our school buses carry our most precious cargo - our children - and we don't want accidents to happen. Ever. But accidents do happen. Cars can stop suddenly or turn into the path of the bus. Pedestrians can step out into the street unexpectedly. And drivers will fail to stop when the red lights are flashing signaling all drivers to stop. Other reasons injuries may occur include the following:

  • Failure to maintain the bus
  • Driver error
  • Loose bars and belts
  • Slip and falls from loose flooring
  • Failure to keep the aisles clear of debris
  • Driver error / poor judgment
  • Inadequate training

School Bus Injuries

School buses are actually safer than public buses, but even school buses can be involved in accidents. In a 2010-2011 report, the Texas Education Agency noted that there were 2,126 school bus accidents in that school year with many of the children injured in those accidents. While 96% of all school children injured in school bus accidents incur minor injuries such as scrapes, bumps or bruises, serious injuries do occur including:

  • Swelling and bruising
  • Sprains and dislocations
  • Fractures and broken bones
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Facial injuries
  • Internal organ damage
  • Loss of limbs
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Concussions
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Death

Injured in a Bus Accident

If you or a loved one have been injured in a bus accident, or you child has been injured on a school bus, you need to contact an attorney as soon after the injury as possible – public entities are often provided a shorter statute of limitations that shorten the time in which a claim can be filed.  The attorneys at Zinda Law Group have successfully represented many bus accident victims and we know how to negotiate with the insurance companies. And whether you were injured on a school bus, on the DART, or on a privately operated bus, our attorneys are here to help you during this trying time in your life. Call to speak with one of our attorneys today at (800) 863-5312. The call is free and the consultation is free too, so call today.



 

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Carrollton , Texas 75006
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