Houston Bus Accident Lawyers
People in Houston use bus transportation for a variety of reasons. Whether it is the METRO – Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, a school bus, a bus line like Greyhound, a tour bus, or a private charter bus, when you are a passenger on a bus or driving on the streets and highways in Houston, you don’t usually think about being in a bus accident. Houston pedestrians rarely think they may be may be hit by a bus. Houston bus accidents and injuries on buses occur more frequently than you might think. Unfortunately, when bus accidents do happen, the injuries sustained can be very quite serious. In some bus accidents, the accidents can cause catastrophic injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a bus, it is strongly advised that you contact a Houston bus crash attorney immediately. Shane McClelland helps people injured in Houston Bus Accidents to pursue claims against those at fault. Depending on the type of injuries, bus accidents can be devastating enough to require a lifetime of medical care. While coping with injuries and your recovery, the last thing you want to do is deal with a big insurance company whose adjusters are solely concerned with the insurance company’s bottom line. Depending on the bus operator and location of the bus accident, there may be certain limitations and time frames to consider before filing a lawsuit or making a claim against a public transportation authority, school districts, as well as other governmental parties.
The insurance for some bus companies and public transportation authorities can be difficult to deal with. Missing timelines or failure to timely provide certain notices or claims can impair or even bar your claims if you miss the statutory deadlines.
Houston is one of the largest cities in the US and there are many buses that travel on Houston streets every day. Charter buses, school buses, and Houston METRO Bus transportation from Downtown Houston to the Houston Galleria, the medical center, Westchase, Greenway Plaza, Midtown, Greenspoint, Uptown, to the Energy Corridor, and most everywhere in Houston you look, you’ll find that Houston is busy place for buses. People using Houston METRO buses, Houston MERTORail, Houston METROLift, and even those utilizing Houston METRO STAR carpooling & vanpooling can become injured. Being hit by a bus while driving a car can serious injury and being hit by a bus as a pedestrian can often cause death. Buses are much larger than cars so it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that if a bus hits a car, it’s fairly likely that there will be unequal damages.
Both commercial and charter bus companies in Houston are governed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and Texas state law. Drivers of large buses are required to have a valid commercial drivers’ license (CDL), in good-standing, with a clear commercial driving record. Bus drivers are also required to have a current medical certificate that is obtained through the federally-mandated Department of Transportation medical exam. Many of the drivers operating buses fail to abide by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and/or keep their medical exam certification current. In some circumstances, bus drivers are also required to undergo background check which may include their previous driving history, accident history, and criminal record. A bus company, public or private has a duty to the passengers and the public to hire bus drivers that meet certain minimum standards. When bus companies don’t do their duty to properly hire qualified bus drivers there is more room for bus accidents to happen. Bus accidents can be attributed to bus driver fatigue, bus driver negligence or reckless driving, faulty equipment or failure to properly maintain the bus, along with many other possibilities.
If you or a family member has been injured in a Houston bus accident, contact us at 800-741-0718 or 713-987-7100 for a free case evaluation. Without adequate legal representation, many Houston bus accident victims are at a disadvantage and may have little chance of recovering the compensation they deserve without legal counsel.
Don’t get taken advantage of by the big insurance companies. Our Houston Bus Accident Lawyers will strive to help you recover the maximum monetary compensation for your injuries and damages caused by others, as well as to restore the dignity that all bus injury victims deserve.