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Have You Been Hurt in a Bus Crash?
Buses are a common site throughout Texas. Hundreds of thousands of commuters use buses each year to get from place to place. Some buses provide local transportation around a city and service commercial districts, while others use buses as their way to commute to and from work. Still others decide to ride on a bus as they travel out of state to see family or friends. Whatever the reason, Texas citizens are boarding buses in large numbers each year and that is a trend that is expected to continue in the coming decades.
The majority of these citizens travel safely while aboard these buses but unfortunately, many suffer injuries each year in Texas bus accidents. Commonly these injuries are very serious, in part because passengers do not use seat belts while riding on most buses. With several bus companies servicing Beaumont and Texas in its entirety, it may not be surprising that these bus crashes account for many injuries each year and unfortunately some might result in death. If you suffer an injury, make sure to speak with a Beaumont bus crash lawyer ASAP.
What are some of the common reasons for bus crashes?
Bus drivers experience many of the same challenges as any driver, in addition to a few other unique problems. Some common reasons for bus crashes involve:
What injuries are common in bus accidents?
As with any type of accident on Beaumont streets, the injuries from a bus crash may partially depend on the speed of travel and the size of the other vehicle or vehicles in the collision.
The most prevalent injuries consist of:
What Legal Rights are Available to a Bus Crash Victim?
As a bus accident victim, the law may provide you one or more civil cases to pursue. The cases available will rely on the circumstances of a specific crash and who is at fault in the crash.
At Fault Third Parties
If another motorist causes a crash with a bus while you are a passenger on that bus, you might have a claim against the other driver for your injuries. If the other driver does not have enough insurance coverage available for all of the injuries sustained in the accident or if the other motorist has no insurance available at all, you might also have a right to bring an uninsured or underinsured claim against your own insurance provider or the bus company itself, if there is UM coverage available.
At Fault Bus Driver
Alternatively, if the crash is due to a negligent bus driver and you were either a bus passenger or in another vehicle, you may have a claim against the bus driver and the bus company. This holds true even if the bus owner is a municipality, like a city bus used for public transportation.
Safety Defects on a Bus
Finally, if the accident is caused by some defect in the bus itself and not by actions of any drivers, you might have a claim against the:
Any bus driver who is injured in an accident may also have a claim for worker's compensation for their injuries.
The possibility of so many claims makes a bus accident case complicated and complex. Often the more vehicles involved in the accident, the more complex the case( s). This is a reason that when selecting a bus crash attorney in Beaumont, you want to select one with experience prosecuting personal injury cases.
What do I do after I'm involved in a bus accident?
You might be shaken and in a state of shock after being involved in a bus accident. But there are a few important things that you should do before leaving the scene.
How much can I recoup financially after a bus crash?
The amount of money you may receive after a bus crash will depend a lot on the seriousness of your injuries. In general, you may recover the costs of your:
Families who have lost a loved one in a Beaumont bus crash might also collect for any treatment their loved one received prior to passing away along with compensation for funeral and burial expenses, loss of companionship, and various other damages. Speak with a knowledgeable Beaumont bus accident attorney to learn all of your options.
Have you been injured in a Beaumont bus accident?
The Beaumont bus accident lawyers at Dunk Law Firm will strive to help you receive the financial recovery that you deserve. Bus accident damages may consist of: medical costs, disfigurement, pain and suffering, loss of normal life, loss of income, and more. We additionally seek to recover present and future costs when representing an accident victim.