Bus companies must comply with stringent safety requirements for their equipment and drivers. When these companies fail to ensure safety requirements are met, an accident can easily ensue. Bus accidents can happen in a number of ways, and here are some of the most unusual ones we’ve heard of to date.
A bus full of senior citizens was heading to a casino in Oklahoma when it overturned near Irving, Texas. The majority of passengers had met at a Wal-Mart, and were headed for the Choctaw Casino Resort. The driver, who had more than 30 years of experience, apparently lost control of the bus, causing it to careen into a “crash cushioner” alongside the road. The bus then veered across the highway, striking a concrete barrier before flipping over on its right side. Two people were killed and 41 were hospitalized as a result of the crash. The driver faces at least a dozen civil suits; however, a grand jury refused to bring criminal charges against the man.
2) Failed Brakes in California
In California, eight people were killed in a bus accident that was attributed to failed brakes. This bus was hauling a group of passengers from Tijuana, Mexico into the San Bernardino Mountains, when it collided with two other vehicles. To make matters worse, attending to the victims became even more challenging because of the position of the bus, as it perched “precariously” alongside the road. Some of the survivors had to be air lifted due to the critical nature of their injuries.
3) City Bus Crash, Niagara Falls
A bus operated by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority crashed into two cars near that city’s airport. The first car entered the intersection of Niagara Falls Boulevard and Williams Road on a red light, and was subsequently hit by the bus. That car was then pushed into another vehicle that was already stopped at the red light. Four people were hospitalized because of this accident. Icy roads were thought to be a contributing factor, and numerous reports of unsafe driving habits on the part of NFTA drivers was reported shortly thereafter.
Bus accidents such as these can happen anywhere and at any time. When they do occur, these examples show that they have the potential to be deadly. Investigating a crash to uncover instances of negligence can sometimes be difficult, as operators tend to hide evidence or refuse to answer questions. Passengers who are injured can often get the answers they need whenever they seek help from an attorney.
Getting Legal Help
In order to get the justice you deserve, you need to hire a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. This will help your case as your attorney can begin examining the evidence right away. Schedule your free case evaluation today by calling 713.973.1300.
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