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Public transportation should always strive to offer safe and affordable means of travel for citizens. Sadly, this is not always the case. Accidents do occur, often as the results of neglect. Some passengers are lucky enough to walk away from a bus accident with little more than a scare; others, however, might suffer more serious injuries. All passengers have rights, and it is important to understand them—especially when accidents happen. Depending on the nature of the accident, it may be possible to file a personal injury lawsuit. It is always beneficial to review the details of the incident and any injuries sustained with an experienced personal injury attorney. Sometimes, the cause of an accident is not always clear. Crashes may occur as a result of driver negligence, poor road design, inclement weather, bus or car defects, and more. Despite the reason, there are some important steps everyone should take after experiencing an accident—whether one appears to be injured or not. What to Do After a Bus Accident According to Bankrate.com, looking after one's own safety and health is the most important step to take. While the accident may have been completely preventable and a lawsuit might be in order, these concerns should never come before the immediate condition of a passenger. Be sure to contact a physician or even a local hospital emergency room to address injuries. Whether the city owned the bus or it belonged to a private company may influence the personal injury case. Cases involving city buses and public transit are sometimes more difficult to win, but they are still manageable if there is sufficient evidence of neglect. Another important factor when dealing with a bus accident is addressing the type of injuries sustained. Some injuries from a car accident might not be as apparent within a few days or weeks after the incident. This is another reason why it is so critical to consult a doctor after the accident; the information from a clinical analysis may be vital for your case. If you have recently been in an auto accident involving a bus or public transportation, it can be to your benefit to consult an experienced Texas personal injury lawyer. At The Bettersworth Law Firm, we can review your case and offer consultation and advice on the next steps. Contact us today at 830-606-0404.
Two students sustained minor injuries after a crash involving a CISD school bus along FM 306 in mid-September, according to KGNB.am Radio News online. “The bus had just finished dropping off students at the entrance to the Wingate Mobile Home Park, in the 300 block of FM 306, around 5pm when the bus was struck by another vehicle,” reports KBNB. Only minor damage to the bus was reported, but two students complained of injuries. “Both were examined on-site and neither was transported to the hospital,” according to KGNB. However, following the incident, several students immediately called their parents to have them pick them up, which could have added to the congestion already in the area from the stopped school bus. The Mustang that collided with the bus also sustained little to no damage, and after an inspection by CISD Superintendent Andrew Kim, the school bus returned to its normal afternoon route. The passengers and driver of the Mustang responsible for hitting the bus were lucky. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “an average of 24 school-age children die in school transportation-related traffic crashes each year.” Only 11 of these are children who were in school buses at the time of crash, and the number includes children who were in a school bus for extracurricular activities—those that sometimes go into the night and incur a greater risk of the driver being unfit. The remaining 13 students killed in school transportation-related accidents each year are pedestrians. Though these deaths are tragedies, surely, school buses are “the safest mode of transportation for getting children back and forth to school,” according to the NHTSA. They are designed, reports the NHTSA, to “be safer than passenger vehicles in avoiding crashes and preventing injury.” School buses also keep more than 17 million cars off the roads in and around school zones every day. Regardless, if you or someone you know has been injured in an accident involving a school bus, you’re likely eligible for compensation. Don’t go through it alone. Contact a dedicated New Braunfels personal injury attorney today.