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Bryan-College Station Bus Accidents Attorney
Representing Drivers, Passengers, and Pedestrians Killed or Injured by Buses
A 2015 survey found that the motor coach industry transported more than 696.4 million passengers per year, with more than 3,264 motor coach or bus companies in existence. The number of passengers served by bus companies is nearly the same number as that served by domestic airlines. Intercity motor coach or bus service is the fastest growing passenger transportation mode in the United States.
Bus accidents involve a larger group of people than typical truck or auto accidents. Driver negligence, defective tires, or improper maintenance can contribute to an unsafe driving situation for bus passengers in particular. These passengers are usually without the added safety of seat belts, air bags and other preventative safety measures that car passengers have. The reality of this situation is that these accidents often result in multiple serious injuries and in some cases, death.
Buses carry people, the most valuable cargo that can be transported, and as such are known as common carriers. Common carriers have a much higher duty of care to passengers. Most states require common carriers to exercise the utmost diligence, skill, and foresight to provide for passenger safety. A variety of laws and regulations govern bus operations including state and federal motor carrier safety regulations, state and municipal government codes, education codes, health and safety regulations, and even the Americans with Disabilities Act. All of these laws provide specific requirements for bus maintenance, bus stops, bus routes, driver responsibilities and driver qualifications.
Serious injuries and deaths occur in cases involving “party buses” where bus drivers and tour companies are held liable for failing to exercise supervision over drinking and behavior during the course of a bus trip.
What Are Your Rights After Being Injured in a Bus Accident?
If you've been injured in a bus accident, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries and damages.
As an injury victim, you have the additional right to:
- Seek medical attention for your injuries.
- Gather evidence from the accident scene, such as photographs and witness statements.
- Report the accident to the appropriate authorities.
- Obtain a copy of the police report.
- Consult with an experienced bus accident attorney to protect your rights and interests.
What to Do After a Bus Accident
It is crucial to take appropriate steps to protect your rights in the wake of a bus accident. Taking these steps will increase your chances of securing fair and just compensation for your damages.
The steps include:
- Prioritize your safety by moving away from the accident scene if possible.
- Call 911 and report the accident.
- Seek medical attention, even if you don't think you're injured. Some injuries may not be immediately apparent, and you will need medical reports to verify your injuries in a claim.
- Document the accident scene by taking photos or videos and collecting contact information from witnesses.
- Report the accident to your insurance company but avoid providing a recorded statement until you've consulted with a lawyer.
- Consult with our bus accident attorney to discuss your legal options.