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Texas Bus Accidents: Liability and Compensation

Oct. 30, 2016 8:09p recently reported that a twenty-three year old woman was killed in a tragic bus accident. According to investigators, the driver of the bus, which was a commercial 'party bus', placed a 911 phone call less than two minutes before the fatal collision. Investigators found that the purpose of the call was to inform authorities that the engine of the bus has stalled and because of that, the bus was stuck in the middle of the busy highway. This call raises serious questions about the accident. If the buses engine could stall like that, should it have ever been on the road in the first place? Was the bus properly inspected and maintained?

Commercial Bus Accident Liability

As with most other personal injury claims, liability for Texas commercial bus accidents is based on the legal theory of negligence. However, there is also an important difference that distinguishes commercial bus accidents. Commercial buses are common carriers. As a common carrier, the companies that operate buses have an increased obligation to protect the safety of bus passengers. This means that in commercial bus accident cases, the bar to prove negligence is somewhat lower than it is in other accident cases. Put simply, commercial buses are entrusted with the safety of many people and they must act accordingly. In the accident that occurred on the 410 loop, the current reporting suggests that a major contributing cause to the accident was the bus engine stalling. The engine stalling on the middle of the highway created an extremely dangerous situation. If investigators determine that the bus company knew that their vehicle had a bad engine, or that they should have known that the bus had a bad engine, then the operating company would be negligent. Commercial bus companies must be held accountable for any injuries that occur as a result of their negligence.

Compensation for Bus Accident Victims

In Texas, motor-vehicle accident victims have the right to recover compensation for the full extent of their damages. Victims might be eligible for a number of different types of compensation, this could include:

  • All medical bills;
  • Any rehabilitation costs;
  • Lost wages or other loss of earning capacity;
  • Pain and suffering; and
  • Punitive damages.

Ultimately, recovering accident compensation is always challenging. A successful injury claim requires a thorough gathering and careful assembly of all relevant evidence. Damages must be proven, as insurance companies do not want to pay victims what they truly deserve. After all, fair settlements will come out of the company's bottom line. This is why it is critical that bus accident victims have a professional advocate on their side. An experienced attorney will keep the insurance company honest.

Contact Our San Antonio Office Today

Commercial bus accident lawsuits present many unique challenges. If you or a loved one has been injured in a bus accident, please contact a car accident lawyer today at (210) 308-8811 to schedule a free evaluation of your case. The Law Offices of Ronald A. Ramos, P.C. serves car accident victims throughout South Texas, including San Antonio, Laredo, and Austin.

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