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Bus accidents are among the most devastating accidents on our nation’s roadways. Due to their very large size and their shape, buses can do a lot of damage. The victims of these accidents can include the bus occupants, as well as the occupants and drivers of any other vehicles on the road they come in contact with. Injuries incurred due to bus accidents can run the gamut, from minor cuts and scrapes to broken spines and paralysis, or even death.
Because of the size and weight of the bus, as well as their lack of maneuverability, bus drivers have an extra responsibility to make sure their passengers get to their destination safely. Unfortunately, the reality is that a great number of bus drivers do not operate these vehicles with the level of caution and reasonable care that is necessary to accomplish even that modest goal.
In order to operate a bus safely, a number of factors come into play for the driver; they must be properly trained before they are even sent out on the road with a bus full of passengers. Not only is it necessary for a driver to understand basic bus mechanics, they must also be trained properly to know how to avoid a crash and how to handle a potential crash. That’s in addition to knowing and understanding the basic safety rules propagated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to keep passengers and everyone else on the road as safe as possible.
Many bus drivers are negligent because their employer, the owner of the bus, sometimes places additional pressures on the driver, such as unrealistic time schedules and failing to supply a replacement for the driver on a long series of runs. Carrying a busload of dozens of passengers is already a lot of pressure, and sometimes the bus companies add to that pressure.
Bus driver negligence can inflict a devastating amount of damage to both personal property and injuries to everyone involved. According to National Highways Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics, buses are responsible for just over half of all school-related pedestrian deaths annually.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with a bus, there is a very good chance that bus driver negligence was a contributing factor, meaning the driver was behaving somewhat recklessly and lacked caution, and you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering, as well as other damages. Please contact the Texas bus accident lawyers at Adame Garza LLP as soon as possible, so that we can help you, by providing you with the best possible representation. We have the experience to take on these drivers and the bus companies and make them accountable.