Public buses, school buses and charter buses are generally one of the safest forms of transportation. However when a bus accident occurs it can cause serious or fatal injuries. Like Houston car accidents, bus accidents can result from negligence, drunk driving, excessive speed, texting, other distractions or weather conditions. Bus accidents can also be caused neglectful maintenance or defective car parts
If the bus did not have seatbelts you may be able to recover damages if it can be proven that your injuries would have been less severe if the bus had seat belts. After a tragic school bus accident in Houston in 2015, a law was enacted require all newly purchased busses to have shoulder to lap seatbelts.
There are many federal and state regulations that govern bus drivers and bus companies.
- All bus drivers in the state of Texas are prohibited from using cell phones and texting behind the wheel.
- School bus drivers are subject to commercial driver’s license requirements to ensure that they are highly educated to transport students in the safest manner.
- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) also establishes regulations and Texas Independent School districts are exempt except for Part 382 (Controlled Substances and Alcohol Use and Testing). Other federal regulations for drivers of passenger carriers include strict drug and alcohol restrictions, vehicle maintenance, safety and training, and licensing. School bus drivers must also comply with their respective safety requirements.
At Sheller Law Firm, Attorney David L.Sheller has years of personal injury law experience and is familiar with these regulations. We are prepared to evaluate your case and assist you in your personal injury claim. We will help you recover the compensation you deserve.
If you’ve been involved in a bus accident, contact David L. Sheller of The Sheller Law Firm to protect your rights to appropriate compensation.