Bus accidents are, by their very nature, likely to result in serious personal injury or even death. That is why we take these cases seriously. Whether your accident involved a school bus, city bus, tour bus, commercial bus, or any other private or public transportation vehicle, The Law Offices of Tyler & Peery is here to help.
We handle serious bus accident cases in the San Antonio area and anywhere in Texas involving:
- Equipment failure
- Improperly licensed or inexperienced driver error
- Negligent maintenance and safety inspection
- Missing or faulty safety devices and defective vehicle design
- Bus accident fire or drowning
- Bus accidents resulting in major injury, death or multiple fatalities
Contact our San Antonio bus accident attorneys today to schedule a free initial consultation. We are here to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have. We will begin to investigate your bus accident as soon as possible, drawing on our years of experience and the combined efforts of respected industry experts to establish the facts in your case. Our legal team works hard and invests the necessary resources to build a powerful argument for why you should receive maximum recovery for your damages or loss in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.
Call us at (210) 774-6445 or fill out and submit an online contact form.
School Bus Accidents
When it comes to school bus accidents, bus driver error is a common cause, as well as negligent driving on the part of passing motorists. Though buses are generally considered to be safe because of their size, various circumstances give rise to serious injuries among school-age children.
There are many types of school buses, from large transit-style school buses similar to the commuter buses operated by transit authorities in metropolitan areas to small school buses carrying fewer passengers (many of them outfitted with three-point seat belts).
The cases we handle regarding school buses usually involve the following situations:
- Bus drivers driving off and not seeing schoolchildren in the blind zones near or around the bus
- Motorists failing to stop for the crossing arm and stop sign, hitting a child trying to board or exit the bus and/or crossing the street
- A child mistakenly left behind on the school bus or not dropped off at his or her stop
- Flawed design—most school buses do not have seat belts (except for many small buses); these buses may not comply with federal safety standards, such as reinforced steel in case of a rollover
- Dangerous, 15-passenger vans that are used as shuttles in transporting children to and from school-related activities
- Older buses with deficient structural integrity; when these types of buses are involved in an accident, the passengers are more likely to be injured
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported that schoolchildren and teenagers are actually safer riding in school buses to and from school than they are riding or driving cars. Despite this apparent fact (largely because of federal safety standards mandating safer school bus design), school bus accidents still happen and do cause injuries to children every year.
If your child was injured in a school bus accident, the responsible parties are often the bus driver, the school district, and/or a private contractor who may operate the school bus on behalf of the school district.
Contact us for a free consultation about your case today.
Tour Bus Accidents
Charter and tour bus companies have rarely seen as much attention as they have lately, due to a rash of bus accidents that seem to have occurred one after the other in a short period of time on the eastern side of the nation. Authorities are responding to what is felt like a public safety "crisis," but any response from regulators after an accident has happened is simply too late.
The issues range from bus driver negligence to poor safety and maintenance records and can affect anyone who travels on Texas roads, including passengers on tour buses and motorists whose cars are struck by tour buses.
We regularly go after tour bus companies with the following problems:
- A record of safety and maintenance violations
- A record of passenger injuries and fatalities
- Poor driving records, such as speeding, drunk driving, or falling asleep behind the wheel
- Insufficient background checks on employee bus drivers
- Tour bus employers pushing their drivers too hard, which can lead to fatigue
After a tour bus accident, we frequently find that the case involves most, if not all, of the points listed above, as many tour and charter bus companies are privately owned and poorly regulated. And, it's not as much a problem of poor regulation than it is a lack of enforcement. Though government efforts are improving bus safety, many coach buses are only inspected once or twice per year, which means that tour bus operators can "get away" with safety violations—at least until they are forced to fix them.
Intercontinental/Transcontinental Bus Accidents
Largely because of NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement), there are more buses than ever passing back and forth between Mexico and Texas. Maintenance and driver training standards are often much lower in Mexico, but there are special Interstate Commerce Commission rules designed to guarantee all passengers’ safety. If you were hurt in a bus accident or you lost a loved one because of an unsafe bus, contact us immediately.
Reach out to the skilled San Antonio bus accident lawyers at The Law Offices of Tyler & Peery by calling (210) 774-6445. We offer free initial consultations; se habla español.