A bus accident may be less common than a regular vehicle accident, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. Individuals ride buses every single day, from school buses, public transportation, charter buses, and more. Buses are categorized under the same level as semi-trailers because of their size. In a bus accident, the physical injuries and damage will result larger than in regular vehicle accidents. Contact a personal injury attorney if you suffered injuries or lost a loved one in a bus accident.
If you have been injured in a bus accident, pursuing liability can get difficult. There are many parties you are able to pursue if you suffered serious injuries in a bus accident. First, it is necessary to determine who is at fault for the accident. It could be the bus driver, the manufacturer of the bus, or a number of other parties. Contact a bus accident attorney at The Gonzalez Law Group to explore your legal options. From local public entities to bus companies, we can help you pursue all of them.
The Houston bus accident attorneys at The Gonzalez Law Group are familiar with Texas laws regarding bus accidents that result in serious injury. We fight tooth and nail to get you what you deserve. Our attorneys are committed to providing quality service. We proudly serve clients in the greater Houston area including Pasadena, Humble, Tomball, Spring, Katy, and more. Call (832) 530-4070 to schedule a confidential consultation or fill out a free case review at the bottom of the page.
Overview of Houston Bus Accidents
- Bus Accident Statistics
- Bus Regulations and Laws
- Who Do I Pursue Liability Against?
- Additional Resources
Bus Accident Statistics
Current Bus Accident Statistics in the U.S. and Texas demonstrate the danger of a bus accident and their frequency.
- There were 117 people killed in school bus-related accidents in 2018 (National Safety Council)
- From 2007 to 2017, intercity buses made up 13% of all buses involved in fatal crashes (FMSCA)
- From 2007 to 2017, school buses made up 40% of all buses involved in fatal crashes (FMCSA)
- From 2007 to 2017, transit buses made up 35% of all buses involved in fatal crashes (FMCSA)
- The latest data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in 2017 found total of 44 bus occupant fatalities with the highest amount found in van-based buses at 24, followed by school buses at 9.
Bus Regulations and Laws
The National Bus Regulations, including school bus regulations, are as follows:
- Bus drivers must carry a Commercial Driver’s License
- If the bus driver is impaired, he or she cannot drive a bus
- The bus driver must be free of intoxication (drugs or alcohol) prior to driving a bus
- School buses must carry liability insurance complying with general liability regulations
- School buses must carry signal lamps that display flashing red lights
- The bus driver must be secured by a seatbelt, although its passengers may not be required a seatbelt
- The speed limit for school buses in Texas is 55 mph on the interstate and 50 mph on any other highway
Pursing Liability for Bus Accident
Product Liability— Product liability should always be considered when investigating bus accidents. Bus accidents are not always directly attributed to the driver but to the automobile itself. If the bus had some error in its design, mechanics, or manufacturing, then the case can result in a product liability case. In this case, the liability can be directed back to the manufacturer of the bus itself, not necessarily the transportation company.
Negligence & Gross Negligence— An individual may be liable for an accident when they fail to follow a “duty of care,” which is otherwise known as negligence. The driver or the company representing the bus and bus driver (or even school in case of a school bus) may be put to blame if the choices made on their part showed negligence. Gross negligence can be attributed to an accident where an individual performed a reckless act. An intoxicated school bus driver, for example, may be attributed to gross negligence in an accident for choosing to act recklessly in the situation.
Texas Education Agency | Bus Accident Reporting System – The Texas Education Agency (TEA) collects data involving accidents by school buses. The Bus Accident Reporting System (BARS) survey for 2018-2019 is currently available for individuals wishing to contribute information about bus accidents existing in their school district. Click for more information.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration | School Bus Safety – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) goes in-depth about school bus safety such as statistics on accidents and other cautious information. NHTSA notes four to six school-aged children die on a school transportation vehicle each year. You can find the response to common questions found at the bottom of the page.
Contact a Houston Bus Accidents Attorney
Although the number of bus accidents is lower than other types of auto accidents, they are still a large concern. Those who are most vulnerable are often occupants in buses such as children and elderly people. At The Gonzalez Law Group, we can help pursue the injuries that were caused as a result of a bus accident.
Bus accidents can cause severe injuries due to the size of the vehicle and the number of occupants inside. Injuries lead to high hospital bills and long-term healthcare costs. At The Gonzalez Law Group, we do not settle on the first offer but fight for you the most favorable settlement on your behalf.
Call (832) 530-4070 to schedule a free consultation. Our attorneys at The Gonzalez Law Group work with clients in the counties of Harris, Fort Bend, Galveston, Montgomery, Liberty, Brazoria, and more. Fill out a free case review form at the bottom of the page for more information.