As mass transit systems grow across Dallas and Tarrant Counties, bus accidents occur regularly. When a bus crash happens, serious injuries and fatalities are a common result.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, over the past 10 years nationally:
The number of buses involved in fatal crashes decreased from 274 to 251, an 8% drop;
On average, intercity buses accounted for 13%, and school buses and transit buses accounted for 41% and 34% respectively, of all buses involved in fatal collisions.
When a bus crash ends in property damage, injuries, or even death, the resulting insurance claim is typically more complicated, with more people, companies, insurance adjusters, and government agencies involved. The owner of the bus, the driver, the insurer, and all regulatory and licensing agencies play a part in the personal injury or wrongful death claim that will provide financial compensation for anyone injured or killed due to the negligent actions of a commercial bus driver or company.
Given the difference in size and weight of a bus to a standard passenger vehicle, the damages caused by a crash are magnified. And since busses usually carry a larger number of passengers, there is a higher chance that multiple people will sustain injuries. Even a low-speed collision can result in life-changing injuries and can tear families apart when the crash is fatal.
In an injury bus accident, it is crucial to get appropriate medical treatment, regardless of the financial cost.
As soon as possible, an injured person should contact their insurance company to find out how medical treatment is covered under their insurance policy.
When an injury is serious or a death occurs, the next step is to speak with a Mullen and Mullen Dallas - Fort Worth bus accident attorney to start the financial recovery process by launching an insurance claim. Major injury or wrongful death claims are complicated and difficult to manage, especially in the case of a bus accident. Having a great Mullen and Mullen Dallas - Fort Worth personal injury lawyer on board is a great relief to injured people who need to focus on healing while their attorney focuses on getting them compensation for their growing financial losses.