A Law Firm Supported by More Than 65 Years of Experience
At the law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz in Houston, Texas, we have been providing skilled legal representation to protect those injured or killed in bus crashes for more than 65 years.
With decades of experience, we have handled cases involving all types of injuries and wrongful death. We have developed the experience necessary to effectively handle a wide range of legal claims. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a bus crash or other motor vehicle accident, contact a Texas bus crash attorney today to discuss your legal claims.
When You Need A Houston Bus Accident Lawyer Call Us
If you have suffered a severe injury or accident in Houston, Abraham Watkins can help you. Please contact us online or call now 800-580-9121 for an immediate consultation with a personal injury lawyer in Houston.
Bus Crashes Can Result in Serious Injuries and Death
We often entrust those we cherish most to the care of bus drivers and bus companies. We count on these companies to transport our elderly parents once they are no longer able to drive themselves. We send our children on buses, counting on their safe delivery to and from school. We allow them to take field trips or travel with teams to sporting events, under the assumption that the bus companies have hired safe drivers and properly maintained the buses.
Unfortunately, these assumptions are not always true. Bus crashes caused by bus company negligence often leave passengers seriously injured. Bus maintenance can be lax. Even seemingly minor collisions might leave an elderly parent with broken bones or internal bleeding. More severe bus crashes can result in the death of a child or other catastrophic injuries. If the bus crash leads to a fire, passengers may face serious burns requiring extensive plastic surgery.
Potential Causes of Bus Crashes
The list of potential federal and state safety violations that are committed by bus operators may include:
- Tire defects, leaking tires or tires with insufficient tread
- Motor defects
- Faulty brakes
- Leaking fuel lines
- Broken shock absorbers
- Driver issues such as fatigue, health certificate violations, traffic citations and moving violations
- Jurisdictional issues prohibiting buses from traveling outside the state
- License plate and insurance violations
- Weak enforcement of cross-border bus regulations (Houston is the headquarters of the cross-border transportation industry between Mexico and the United States.)
Often, combinations of these safety violations occur in fatal and catastrophic bus crashes.
Charter Bus Accidents Not Uncommon in Texas
According to the Houston Chronicle's 2008 review of bus inspection records and safety data from the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Texas Department of Public Safety,* accidents, deaths and injuries involving charter buses are more common than one might think:
- 250 deaths in at least 176 Texas bus crashes since 2000
- 41 Houston residents died in three accidents in the past three years
- 13,879 injuries in 6,157 crashes
- 10,000 violations among 670 companies during inspections by state troopers since 2005
- 580 vehicles and more than 240 drivers were deemed unsafe since 2005 and temporarily taken off the road
These statistics do not identify how many of these charter buses travel in and out of Mexico.
Our Skilled Houston Accident Attorneys Can Effectively Protect You and Your Family
Our personal injury lawyers have been protecting injured people and their families for more than 65 years. We have the experience to get the results you need. Injuries from a bus crash are likely to be serious and dramatically impact your future. We cannot eliminate the injuries, but we can work to ensure that you do not handle the financial burden alone.
If you or someone you love has been injured while on a school bus, Greyhound or charter bus, contact a bus crash attorney to discuss your potential legal claims. Call 713-587-9668 (toll free 800-580-9121) or e-mail us today for a free consultation.
* Source: U.S. Department of Transportation and Texas Department of Public Safety, Vol. 108, No. 69, 12/21/2008