In just three days, three major bus accidents have killed at least 20 people and injured dozens more in Texas, Mississippi and Nevada. One common element in two of the crashes was a suspected tire blowout due to a retreaded tire - which is illegal for a commercial bus line - or some other faulty tire which fails to meet proper safety standards.
But many other factors can come into play in a catastrophic bus accident. One is the size, weight and nature of the bus itself. Like an 18-wheeler truck, a bus is too heavy to stop quickly. If a car pulls out in front of a bus and causes the bus to swerve, it likely will lose control and veer into other lanes or completely off the road. A careening bus also is likely to overturn, and unless its roof is reinforced, the bus can collapse onto its trapped passengers.
A crashing bus also tends to fling its passengers from their seats, since few buses come equipped with seat belts. That even includes many school buses, whose school districts tend to protest that installing seat belts in each bus would cost them too much money.
Some buses also are operated by disreputable firms which place profits first and safety last. After a bus crash in North Texas Aug. 8 killed 17 people, the National Transportation Safety Board shut down the Houston-based company which owned the bus, which already had violations on its record. Its driver also reportedly had a DUI arrest on his record.
From unsafe drivers to unsafe vehicles, riding in a bus can be anything but a relaxing “leave the driving to us" experience, but rather a case of feeling that you're taking your life into your own hands. With that in mind, it's best to investigate any charter bus service before agreeing to do business with them, perhaps via a Better Business Bureau or other consumer watchdog. Many bus lines are perfectly reputable and professional companies, and consumers should find and choose them over lesser firms which may charge smaller fees, but at what price, if they're involved in a fatal bus accident?
A bus accident lawyer or Texas personal injury attorney with Jim S. Adler & Associates can handle your bus accident case, seeking justice for you or a loved one who's been injured in a bus accident, and perhaps helping to reduce further accidents by holding faulty bus lines accountable. Your bus accident attorney will determine who is ultimately most at fault, whether it's the owner, operator, driver or manufacturer of a bus. The firm offers a free case review , and its bus accident lawyers charge no fees, but rather only a percent of the award should your case prevail in court.