Bus Accident Leaves 2 Dead and 33 Injured

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A bus crashed at approximately 7:15 a.m. Sunday morning. The wreck, one of the worst in recent memory according to emergency responders, left 2 passengers dead and sent another 33 to area hospitals for treatment of a variety of serious injuries. The bus hit a patch of ice, lost control and ultimately rolled the vehicle onto its side.  The accident remains under investigation.

The facts surrounding this terrible tragedy are disturbingly similar to those in another Greyhound Bus Accident case that recently went to trial in Dallas County, Texas. In that case, a Greyhound bus driver lost control of his vehicle in icy conditions, causing it to roll over and seriously injure several passengers. The Attorney successfully argued that Greyhound hired an unqualified driver, that he was improperly trained and that he failed to control his speed, causing the bus to roll over onto its side. The jury awarded our client, a 24 year-old woman, $2.2 million in damages and another $5 million in punitive damages after finding that the company was grossly negligent in causing the accident.

As “common carriers” under the law, bus companies have heightened obligations to their passengers. If an accident occurs due to poor vehicle maintenance or driver inattention, the company can be held responsible for any and all damages that result.

Accident Involving a Bus and a Cargo Truck Kills 43

At least 43 people are dead after a commercial trailer came loose from a big rig truck and smashed into a fully loaded passenger bus. Another 27 people were injured in the tragic accident, including 7 children.

Most of the victims were workers. Following the bus accident, the driver of the truck that lost its load fled the scene and is still being pursued by local authorities.

When operating large commercial vehicles like 18-wheelers and buses, it only takes a split second for things to go horribly wrong. If you or someone you love has been hurt or killed in an accident involving a bus, truck or other large commercial vehicle, contact the experienced bus accident injury lawyers today for a free consultation regarding your rights. Don’t accept any settlement offers or sign any paperwork until you’ve spoken with a knowledgeable attorney. Otherwise, you may forfeit your right to full compensation.

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Houston personal injury lawyers at our firm have successfully resolved hundreds of cases through both trial and settlement on behalf of clients injured in serious car, truck and motorcycle accidents. Our lawyers refuse to settle cases for an amount that does not fully compensate our clients for their injuries and, as a result, spend a majority of their time in the courtroom. This has enabled our firm to consistently obtain substantial awards for our clients in courts throughout Texas and the United States.

The Dangers of Driving:

Although we can do everything within our power to protect ourselves, driving can still have serious, and sometimes even fatal, consequences. Over 516,000 car accidents occurred in Harris, Galveston, Dallas, and Travis counties in just the past 4 years. In 2007 alone, more than 3,400 people were killed in car and truck accidents across Texas, approximately 40% of which involved a drunk or intoxicated driver.

Don’t Wait to Act
The circumstances of every car accident and truck accident are unique. While the damage to the vehicles involved may be immediately apparent, physical injuries to the drivers and passengers often develop over days, weeks or even months. If you’ve been in a car accident or truck accident within the past 2 years, it’s important that you contact one of our Auto accident lawyers as soon as possible, while the details of the accident are fresh in your mind and you still have time to file suit, if necessary.

It’s also critical that you DO NOT speak or give statements to the other drivers’ insurance agents or accept any settlement offer before speaking with an experienced accident lawyer; it is common for insurance companies to try to encourage settlement before you have had a chance to consult with a lawyer or see your doctor by offering small sums of money. The insurance agent may tell you that this is all that you can recover, knowing that if you hire a lawyer, you could get even more than 5 times that amount. Do not fall for this common trick. Call one of the experienced Texas Accident Attorneys at our firm for a free, no-commitment consultation.

A Settlement or Other Remedy
While our goal, as trial lawyers, is always to reach a quick resolution, we will only do so if we are confident that our client is receiving a full and fair recovery. Whether your case is settled or tried before a jury, you can always rest assured that our car accident lawyers are committed to ensuring that you are properly compensated for your losses and injuries. Having worked with and fought against insurance adjusters and insurance defense lawyers both in and out of the courtroom, our Texas accident lawyers have the experience necessary to properly value and efficiently resolve your case.

Compensation for Losses in an Auto Accident
Car accidents can result in devastating losses, such as:

  • Hospitalization and significant medical bills
  • Rehabilitation and long-term care costs
  • Loss of income, both present and future
  • Permanent disability, disfigurement or need for nursing services
  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Loss of companionship and financial support