Deadly Bus Crash Due To Driver Fatigue
It is not something we think about on a regular basis, but when a bus crash occurs, it usually catches our attention. That is because of the potential for each crash to turn into a multiple casualty event. That is exactly what happened in 2016 when nine people were killed and 40 injured in a 2016 Texas bus crash.
Now, the National Transportation Safety Board has released its final report and has determined that the bus driver was suffering from “acute sleep deficit” and this contributed to the crash. They found that the bus left the road and rolled when the driver overcorrected and slammed on the brakes.
The NTSB also found that the bus had inoperable antilock brakes.
At the Law office of Dorothy Hyde, this incident and the final report show the two major causes of bus accidents – driver error and vehicle malfunction. You need to know where to turn if you are injured in a bus crash so you can get fair compensation for your expenses. If you need a Dallas bus accident lawyer, call us today.
What Can Happen?
You probably do not even think twice about a bus accident each time you pass a bus in our area, but have you stopped to think about just how many buses we have around here?
- Public transportation buses
- Long-distance passenger buses
- School buses
There are thousands of buses in our area that work to move people to and from their destinations each day. We know that these are large vehicles that weigh tens of thousands of pounds. When a bus crashes, it is a danger to its passengers as well as anyone around the vehicle. Injuries can be severe.
Many bus accidents happen due to vehicle failure. All it takes is one thing to go wrong for a driver to lose control of the vehicle. This can include a problem with a tire or wheel, the powertrain, brakes, suspension, or more. For that reason, regular inspections and maintenance by the bus companies are vital.
We also know that bus drivers should always operate responsibly. They should never operate under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Doing so jeopardizes the safety of the passengers and anyone on the roadway around the bus. We also know that drivers should not operate while distracted or fatigued, as they will be much more likely to cause a crash.
Moving Forward From Here
If you or a loved one have been injured in a bus crash that was caused by another person’s negligence, seek legal assistance immediately. At The Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, you can count on having a strong advocate to work on recovering compensation for all of your accident-related expenses. This will include:
- Coverage for your medical expenses (current and future)
- Loss of income if you cannot work due to your injuries
- Pain and suffering damages
- Punitive damages