What Causes Bus Accidents?
Commercial and city-employed bus drivers are required to have a special driver’s license to operate a bus in the state of Texas. Private companies like Greyhound require specialized training and rules that their bus drivers are supposed to follow, but often those rules are ignored. When involved in a bus crash, negligence on the part of the private company who hired the bus driver can only be established after a lawsuit is filed and depositions taken. If you are involved in a bus accident in any form, whether riding the bus involved as a passenger or being hit by a bus while driving in your car, finding an experienced Texas injury attorney that has handled similar cases will be critical to navigating the legal process.
Many bus accidents occur at night, when bus drivers are known to undertake long drives for transport. Although late at night roads are not as busy as they are during the day, driving at night does pose unique risks. Most obviously, there is significantly less light at night, which restricts vision. Even with headlights, drivers do not have the same clarity of vision as they do during the day. Driving at night also exposes people to the risk of drowsy driving. Whether it’s an individual taking a road trip or a trucker trying to meet a deadline, drivers who drive tired could fall asleep at the wheel; and, it only takes a moment for an accident to happen.
It’s no secret distracted driving and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can cause car accidents, and yet people engage in these dangerous behaviors every day. People engage in these activities without thinking about how they could impact others. While individuals may accept the risks they pose to themselves by engaging in dangerous driving behaviors, they have no right to impose those risks on other motorists. This includes bus drivers as well as any driver of a motor vehicle.
What Should You Do After a Texas Bus Accident?
Being involved in any type of vehicle crash or accident can be scary, stressful, and cause you significant pain and suffering. The first thing you need to take care of immediately is seeking medical help for any injuries sustained during the accident. Getting medical treatment quickly after the accident will help you receive a proper diagnosis and recovery plan. Contact your insurance company to report the accident but also seek out an experienced Texas bus accident attorney. Your attorney will help investigate the cause of the crash and will record and preserve the evidence needed to build a strong case. Your attorney will also help determine what impact your injuries may have to your daily routine and how they will affect your life long-term. You may also have lost wages, need long-term care, or have emotional injuries that will require lifelong treatment.
After a bus accident, there is a specific process to work through as you start your injury claim. You must speak with the insurance companies involved as they complete their own separate investigation of why the crash happened. They may ask you to give a written or recorded statement, and they may want to access your private medical records. The insurance companies do not have your best interests at heart. They will make every effort to settle with you quickly and for an unfair amount that does not fully compensate you for your injuries. Your attorney can make sure that you don’t settle for less than you deserve.
Lubbock Bus Accident Attorneys
Even minor bus accidents have the potential to cause serious injuries to the people involved in the crash. Whether a bus hit you while you were driving or you were injured as a passenger on the bus, our lawyers will use our experience and the resources to deal with large private insurance companies on your behalf. If you or a loved one was injured in a motor vehicle accident, contact Liggett Law Group today. We fiercely advocate for our clients so they can obtain the compensation they need to recover from their injuries. Call us today to schedule a no obligation, free consultation.
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