Many people in the state of Texas rely on public transportation to get them safely from place to place. We tend not to think of buses as particularly dangerous, as they typically travel at lower speeds. However, buses, just like any other vehicle, can be involved in very serious collisions when operated negligently. If you were hurt in a bus crash, The Mathis Law Firm is here to help. Contact a seasoned San Angelo bus accident lawyer from our firm to learn more about what we can do for you.
Bus Accident Layer | Fighting for Injured Persons in San Angelo & throughout Texas
We know that a bus crash can be devastating. We also know that often, after serious crashes, victims are overwhelmed and don’t know where to turn. Fortunately, if you’re reading this, you’ve come to the right place. Our firm has been a staunch legal advocate for the wrongfully injured in Texas for years, and we are here to do everything in our power to fight for the full and fair compensation to which you are entitled. You can depend on a San Angelo, Texas auto accident lawyer from our legal team to fight for the results you deserve.
Common Causes of Bus Crashes in Texas
Bus collisions can happen for many reasons, including dangerous road conditions, defective bus parts, and more, however, in most cases, we find that bus crashes are caused by driver negligence. Sometimes, other careless motorists collide with buses, in which case, they will be to blame for any injuries sustained. That said, buses are difficult to operate, and crashes are often caused by bus drivers. Some common examples of bus driver negligence are as follows:
- Sudden stops and starts
- Failing to brake on time
- Driving while under the influence
- Driving while distracted, such as while checking a GPS
- Taking wide turns
- Unsafely discharging passengers
- Failing to account for large blind spots
- Lack of safety equipment on the bus
Documenting Your Bus Collision
The one bit of silver lining when it comes to bus crashes is that in most cases, since several people will likely be involved, there will also likely be several witnesses present who can corroborate your claim. You should make it a point to gather their names, phone numbers, and email addresses so we can reach them at a later date. Additionally, after a bus crash, you should try to take the following steps to document the incident:
- Call emergency services to the scene
- Take pictures or videos of the crash and its aftermath
- Keep copies of the medical documentation associated with your injury
- Gather all other information/evidence that you think may help assign liability in a personal injury claim
As long as you can prove that you were injured as a direct result of another motorist’s negligence, you should recover compensation for the economic and non-economic damages you’ve suffered. Our bus accident lawyer is here to walk you through the claims process.
Private Bus or Public Bus?
The amount of time you’ll have to file a personal injury claim depends on whether you were hurt on/by a private or a public bus. If you were hurt on/by a privately-owned bus, you’ll likely have two years from the date of the crash to sue. However, if you were hurt on/by a publicly-owned bus, you may have as few as six months from the date of the crash to file a Notice of Claim. In any case, it’s always best to speak with a competent attorney as soon as you can.
Contact a Bus Accident Lawyer Today
Victims of bus crashes need a legal team they can depend on. Fortunately, you’ve just found that legal team. Contact The Mathis Law Firm today to schedule your free initial consultation.