What Happens If a Bus Crashes?
Bus accidents can involve a host of issues that can take the process in several directions. Often, they result in serious injuries that can reverberate throughout the rest of the injured person’s life, such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, loss of limb, and more. A person who is injured in a bus crash should seek help from an experienced Dallas bus accident law firm as soon as possible so that attorneys can start working to secure the best possible compensation package for their injuries.
At Pintas & Mullins, our bus crash lawyers have worked with injured people who have experienced many different kinds of injuries that may be similar to yours. If you are the victim of a bus crash, get in touch with us immediately so that we can review your case and consult with you for FREE.
Possible Defendants in a Bus Accident Claim
When you are injured in a bus wreck, there are several different entities that could be responsible for the accident. If they are found to be at fault, they are the ones from whom you can recover compensation for your damages. Some of the possible parties to pursue are listed below.
Some buses are owned and operated by the government. Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code §104 states that the government is liable for the actions or negligence performed by its workers as long as the worker is in the midst of their job duties and would be liable personally if they were not. In other words, if you could sue a civilian for the same issue (such as causing a car accident), then you can sue the government if the at-fault person is working for the government at the time.
In some cases, the company that owns the bus may be responsible for paying your compensation. Generally, employers can be liable for the actions their employees perform on the clock, including bus companies being liable for the negligence of bus drivers. So, if you are on a bus and the driver is the primary cause of the crash that injures you, it may be possible to sue the driver’s employer.
Though rarer than the other cases, sometimes a manufacturer is responsible for a bus wreck. Technically, this would be a product liability claim. For instance, the manufacturer may have poorly designed an element of the bus that caused it to crash. If your Dallas bus accident lawyer can show that a much safer design existed at the time and was reasonably within the ability of the manufacturer to use, you may be able to get compensation from the manufacturer for your injuries.
All these entities are in addition to the driver responsible for the wreck, whose insurance may be the primary source of recovery for you. However, they can be difficult cases due to the many complexities involved in handling multiple defendants. For that reason, it is always best to consult with a skilled bus accident lawyer in Dallas.
What I Should Do At the Scene
When a bus crash occurs, there are several things you should try to do at the scene in order to bolster your eventual personal injury claim. If you fail to do these, you do not need to worry. Your bus accident law firm can still work to get you the best possible outcome, but these steps can make the job a bit easier and more straightforward.
Seek Medical Care
The first step after any accident is to ensure that everyone involved gets the medical care they need. Even if you do not feel terrible, it is best to check in with a doctor as soon as possible so that there are no gaps in care that the insurance company can use as evidence that your injuries do not stem from the accident.
Next, try to gather as much evidence as possible that may help your claim. Some of the items you can collect include the following.
- Pictures of the scene
- The police crash report
- The driver’s name and insurance information
- Eyewitness’ names and contact information
- Locations of nearby traffic or surveillance cameras
Call an Attorney
As soon as possible, speak with a skilled Dallas bus accident lawyer. The sooner they are on the case, the sooner they can start protecting your best interests. For instance, insurance companies often call you soon after a wreck and offer a check. If you accept this, you may lose the ability to sue for the true value of your claim. Having an attorney on the case quickly can help you avoid these pitfalls.
Speak to an Attorney For FREE
To get a FREE consultation with the experienced bus accident attorneys at Pintas & Mullins, simply call us at 214-305-8277 or fill out the form on our contact page. It’s no risk! We only collect a fee if you win the compensation you deserve.