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When people think of an automobile accident, they tend to think about a passenger automobile colliding with another passenger automobile. However, bus accidents are more common than most people would think. According to data compiled by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, thousands of people are hurt or killed in accidents involving at least one bus each year. Bus accidents, because of their large size and the fact that seat belts are not required, can often have more severe consequences than a typical car accident.
If you or a family member has sustained injuries as a result of a bus accident, contact the El Paso bus accident attorneys at the Zinda Law Group today by calling (800) 863-5312.
DANGER OF BUS ACCIDENTS
As mentioned, there are multiple factors that can make a bus accident more dangerous than a typical automobile collision.
Many buses, especially those that are designed for public transit, have a limited number of seats. This means that, particularly during busy hours, passengers may be forced to stand shoulder to shoulder with only a small handhold for protection. An overcrowded bus that is involved in a high-speed collision may result in injuries to several of the passengers on board, not to mention the other driver.
Lack of Seatbelts
Aa recently passed Texas law will require new buses that are purchased by schools to include seatbelts. However, many older models that are still in use to transport children to school and field trips still don’t include this critical safety measure. It is also not a requirement for public transit buses to make seatbelts available for their passengers. This means that, although some students will be more protected by seatbelts in new bus models, most people riding buses in the state of Texas won’t have this additional layer of safety in the case of an accident.
The average bus weighs many times more than a standard passenger vehicle. This simple fact is perhaps what adds the most danger to bus accidents. The added mass of a bus means that when they collide with a passenger vehicle, they supply much more force to the collision and can subsequently cause much more damage to the other vehicle and much more serious injuries to its driver.
COMMON CAUSES OF BUS ACCIDENTS
Many of the factors that cause a typical car accident can also cause a bus accident. However, there are also some causes that affect buses uniquely or at a higher rate.
Because of their size and the number of working components required to keep them moving, buses require more upkeep than a typical passenger car. For example, the brakes on a bus undergo much more stress than the brakes on a sedan because of the weight that they need to bring to a stop. If a bus doesn’t get the mechanical attention that it needs to keep it in functioning condition, deadly accidents can result.
Driving a bus requires a special degree of training and experience. Shifting lanes can be more difficult because of their length, and bus drivers need to give much more cushion to the driver in front of them because of the bus’s long braking distance. If a new bus driver has not been given enough training to understand the intricacies of driving a bus, then their inexperience can lead to serious injuries.
COMMON CARRIER RESPONSIBILITY
Texas law recognizes a heightened duty of care that is put on so-called “common carriers.” Simply put, a common carrier is any entity that transfers goods or people, like airplanes or buses. Because bus passengers put their trust into transportation companies and the drivers that they employ, these common carriers have a stricter duty to provide a safe experience to their customers. This duty can impact any eventual lawsuit that results from a bus accident.
One important note on this subject, however, is that many buses in El Paso are operated under government authority. Thus, while buses run by private companies may be more liable for any injuries that they cause, government-operated vehicles may be more insulated from liability for the accidents that they are involved in. An experienced El Paso automobile accident attorney may be able to help you understand who is liable in your particular situation.
TYPES OF BUS ACCIDENTS
Within the general category of bus accidents, there are several subdivisions. Determining the type of bus accident that you have been involved in is an important first step in figuring out what your accident claim will look like.
Riding the bus can be a cost-effective way to get around the city. However, it doesn’t come without its own set of dangers. As mentioned, these government-run buses often don’t have seatbelts available and passengers can sometimes be forced to stand if all the seats are taken. Because these buses are operated by the government, it can be complicated to recover for your injuries if you were involved in an accident as a driver.
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During the school year, yellow school buses transporting children to school are a common sight for millions of Americans. Unfortunately, children sometimes suffer from injuries during these rides. While most injuries are not severe, some can cause life-altering or even fatal injuries. An El Paso bus accident attorney can help you navigate the legal process if you or your child has been injured in a school bus accident.
Many large groups, such as churches or private tour companies, use charter buses to transport groups of people from place to place in a cost-efficient manner. These buses are convenient and can reduce the headache of group travel, but they do not come without their own set of risks. Because of their size and the difficulty of operating them, they can be more likely to be involved in an accident than other types of buses. If this has happened to you or a family member, an attorney can assist you in determining who may be liable for your injuries.
STEPS TO TAKE AFTER A BUS ACCIDENT
If you don’t have experience in the field of personal injury law, the time after a bus accident can be very confusing and stressful. While an attorney may give you more direct and personalized instruction, the following are some helpful steps to take after the majority of accidents.
1. Seek Medical Care Immediately
First and foremost, move your vehicle or yourself to a safe location away from the scene of the accident. Then, it is critical to seek medical attention as soon after the accident as possible. Pain from an injury may be masked by the adrenaline from the accident, so it is important to go to a doctor even if your injuries don’t seem very severe. A delay between the date of your accident and seeking medical care could also be argued by the other side to be an indication that your injuries are not as severe as you claim.
2. Report the Accident
No matter how minor the accident might seem, it is important to report it to the police while you remain at the scene, if at all possible. When the police arrive, make sure to give a thorough account of how the accident occurred while the details are still fresh in your mind.
3. Gather Evidence
After you have dealt with your injuries, you may be able to begin the process of gathering evidence in support of your claim. This may include medical records, contact information for any witnesses who may have seen the accident, and photo or video evidence.
4. Contact an El Paso Bus Accident Attorney
This is perhaps the most important step that you will take after your accident. An experienced El Paso attorney may be able to assist you in properly evaluating your injuries, doing investigative research into what caused your accident, and arguing persuasively on your behalf to seek compensation for the costs you incur as a result of your injuries.
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WHAT IS MY CASE WORTH?
Every personal injury case is different. The value of your case depends largely on the calculation of both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are expenses that can be calculated with a fairly high degree of certainty, such as medical bills, damage to personal property, and lost wages from being unable to work. Non-economic damages, on the other hand, typically refer to the pain and suffering that you experience as a result of your injuries.
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CALL ZINDA LAW GROUP TODAY
If you or a family member has been injured in a bus accident, contact the El Paso bus accident attorneys at the Zinda Law Group today at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation. After an accident, no one should have to worry about how they’re going to pay for a lawyer. That’s why you don’t pay us anything unless we win your case.
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