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What Do I Do if I Am in a Municipal Bus Crash in Texas?

 Posted on December 27, 2023 in Personal Injury

TX injury lawyerMany people choose public transportation as their main way to get from home to work and vice versa, and for getting around in general. However, several factors make city buses prone to traffic accidents. Sometimes, these accidents can result in serious injury to passengers. When two private vehicles are involved in a car crash, the drivers take each other's license plate numbers, phone numbers, and insurance information and are generally able to let their insurance companies settle everything. However, when you are a passenger on a public bus that is involved in an accident, the order of operations is less clear-cut. If you were a passenger on a city bus that was involved in a crash, an experienced El Paso, TX public transportation injury lawyer can answer your questions and formulate a plan to fight for your rights.

What Happens When a Public Bus Is Involved in an Accident?

In the State of Texas, public transportation and school buses are subject to regulations whose main objective is the safety and well-being of the general public (passengers and other drivers/cyclists in the bus’s surroundings)

In order to even be hired as a public transportation bus driver in Texas, applicants need to:

  • Disclose any criminal background (including convictions) to their managers
  • Pass a drug and alcohol test.
  • Pass a 10-year driving history test to ensure that their driving record proves them to be a safe driver.
  • Ensure that the bus they are driving can meet standards intended to guarantee that it is in proper functioning condition.

As such, if a public transportation customer has suffered personal injury as a result of an accident on said transportation, the authorities will want to establish why the accident happened. Common causes include being distracted by a cell phone, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, bad weather, reckless driving, poor visibility, hazardous roads, and defective equipment and/or bus maintenance.

Schedule a Free Consultation with a Sierra Blanca, TX Personal Injury Lawyer

If you were a passenger on a city bus that was involved in a public transportation accident, you might have several questions you want answered. A knowledgeable Van Horn, TX personal injury attorney can answer those questions and start working on a plan to compassionately fight for your rights and best interests. Call James Kennedy, P.L.L.C. at 915-544-5200 to schedule a free consultation.

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