Houston Bus Accident Attorney
Large Motor Vehicle Accidents Wreak Havoc on Many Victims
Size matters when it comes to vehicle accidents and buses certainly rank among some of the largest on the road. Serving the purpose of accommodating a large number of passengers in need of common transportation to a shared destination, buses have been designed to fulfill that need. However, unlike automobiles which must contain safety constraints, air bags and other life-preserving design features, buses fail to provide many of these innovations which place passengers at high risk for injury in the event of an accident.
Although it is intended that each passenger be given a seat on which to ride, many times overcrowding results in passengers standing in the aisles which only adds to the risks of injury for everyone during an accident.
In addition to passengers riding on the bus, many other motorists within close proximity of the bus all traveling at high speeds on the roadway are also at risk of injury should an accident occur. Add to that group any nearby pedestrians, bicyclists, or other innocent bystanders and you’ve got a major tragedy should a bus experience a collision, rollover or other life-impacting event.
What Causes Bus Accidents?
A number of factors can be reasons for bus crashes including some which can be categorized as operator or owner negligence. In a recent 3-year period, the U.S. Department of Transportation compiled statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) and General Estimates System (GES). about national bus accidents with disturbing conclusions. Of the total number of commercial vehicle bus accidents nationwide, 20% had serious injuries, with up to 12% fatal, costing a total of $87 billion per year. If we add school bus accidents to those figures, results are even more shocking, as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Overall, the majority of fatalities in bus crashes involve occupants of other vehicles, with school buses responsible for 72.7 percent!
Don’t Delay! Call a Houston Bus Accident Attorney Now Before Time Runs Out!
If you were injured as a result of a bus accident, or a loved one was fatally killed, it is absolutely critical that you contact a law firm known for its major success in handling large vehicle accidents in Texas.
The Houston law firm of Joel A. Gordon Associates is one such firm, experienced in representing victims of this type of accident over a long, impressive history with large dollar settlements.
You are entitled to a free consultation with one of our very knowledgeable attorneys who will advise you about the best course of action whether you have a personal-injury or wrongful death claim to discuss. Your expedience in contacting our firm can make all the difference in the success of your case.