Hurt in a Dallas Bus Accident?
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People of all ages ride buses every day in Dallas. Some take a Dallas Rapid Area Transit bus to work. Others take a chartered bus to a casino, or a shuttle bus to the airport. Children take the bus to school. Usually the trip is safe, with few problems. But the attorneys at Tracey Fox & Walters know that accidents involving buses can easily occur, resulting in injuries to passengers aboard.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bus accident, you may be eligible for financial compensation. One of our experienced bus accident attorneys can investigate your accident and fight to hold the negligent parties responsible.
Buses are much larger than cars and can cause serious injuries in an accident. In addition, many people don't wear seat belts on the bus, which increases the risk of serious injury if there's a crash. Some passengers in a bus accident may suffer minor injuries-such as cuts, bruises and sprains. But other injuries can be much more severe-broken bones, injuries to internal organs, burns, concussions, spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injury (TBI). For some, these injuries prove fatal.
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The value of your case depends on many factors. In general, people injured in a bus accident can seek compensation for past and future medical bills, pain and suffering, emotional distress, lost wages and loss of enjoyment. Those who lost a loved one in a bus accident may also be able to collect other damages, including funeral and burial costs and loss of consortium.
Determining liability in these cases can be complicated. The experienced Dallas bus accident lawyers at Tracey Fox & Walters will conduct an investigation to determine who was at fault. One or several parties may have been negligent. These include:
- The bus driver. The driver may have been distracted, drowsy or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Or the driver may have been irresponsible by speeding or driving recklessly.
- The driver's employer. For example, the employer might have hired a driver with a poor driving record or one who had been caught drinking at a previous job.
- The city. If a driver's negligence led to the accident involving a city-owned bus, the city may be held responsible. However, state law limits their liability. There is also a notification requirement.
- If a defective part led to the accident, the bus manufacturer and/or the company that made the part could be held responsible.
- Another driver. If the accident was caused by another driver's negligence-for example, a driver who was drunk or distracted-a claim could be filed against that driver's insurance company.
It's important to act quickly. State law allows two years after an accident to file a legal claim for compensation in Texas. But it takes time to investigate what happened and build a strong case. That's why you need to contact us as soon as possible. We can start on your claim right away by gathering evidence before it is lost and talking to witnesses while their memories of the event are fresh.
If you've been hurt in a bus accident in Dallas, we can explain all your legal options to you. Contact us for a free case evaluation.