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Bus Accidents

Bus Accident Lawyers in Killeen, TX

Serving the Injured in Bell County & Across Central Texas

Bus accidents can result in severe injuries and fatalities, making them particularly dangerous compared to other traffic accidents. The sheer size and weight of buses mean collisions can cause significant damage to vehicles and severe harm to passengers, pedestrians, and other motorists. 

Unlike most passenger vehicles, many public buses lack seatbelts. This leaves riders vulnerable to being thrown from their seats or sustaining serious injuries from hitting bus fixtures during a sudden stop or impact. Furthermore, bus passengers are often standing or moving around the cabin. This lack of control and potential for falls during an accident significantly increases the risk of injuries. 

Bus accident injury claims are often more complex than other claims. The complexity usually arises from the number of parties that may be held accountable, which includes bus drivers, bus companies, maintenance providers, and even local government entities.

At Michalk, Beatty & Alcozer, L.P., our highly-seasoned team of personal injury lawyers understand the complications and vast extent of injuries that can occur in these accidents. We know how to meticulously investigate accidents, identify negligence and at-fault parties, and build cases for aggressive negotiation with those responsible. 

Whether you are dealing with a bus company, its insurer, or a city or county government entity, our team has the know-how and tenacity to help you seek maximized compensation. 

Reach Michalk, Beatty & Alcozer, L.P. online or at (254) 765-9552 for a free initial consultation with a Killeen bus accident attorney about your case. Hablamos español

Common Causes of Bus Accidents

Understanding what leads to bus accidents is crucial for building solid cases. These causes can range from driver fatigue to distracted driving, such as using mobile phones to divert the driver’s attention from the road. Excessive speed reduces the ability to stop quickly and increases the severity of accidents.

Proper bus maintenance can lead to brake failures, tire blowouts, and other mechanical issues. Drivers' lack of adequate training and experience can also cause poor decision-making. Additionally, potholes, poor lighting, inadequate road signage, and bad weather conditions can increase the risk of accidents. 

These causes all point to various parties who may be responsible for injuries to bus passengers and others in these accidents. 

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Overview of Bus Accidents in Texas

Understanding the types of buses that might be involved in an accident is crucial for identifying potential liabilities and the extent of injuries and damages.

These can include: 

  • School buses: These buses transport students to and from school and are often involved in accidents due to frequent stops and the high number of passengers. Safety standards are stringent, but failing to adhere to them can lead to severe consequences.
  • City buses: Operated by public transportation systems, city buses serve as a primary mode of transport for many residents. Government entities' involvement in city bus accidents may entail complex legal challenges.
  • Charter buses: Charter bus accidents can involve multiple jurisdictions and companies, complicating the claims process when transporting groups for events or tours.
  • Shuttle buses: These smaller buses, found at airports, hotels, and other service providers, can still cause significant injuries due to their frequent stops and relatively short routes.
  • Intercity buses (e.g., Greyhound): These buses travel long distances between cities and are often operated by large commercial entities. Accidents involving these buses demand the scrutiny of driver hours, maintenance logs, and company practices.
  • Tour buses: Designed for sightseeing and excursions, tour bus accidents may have higher stakes due to the number of passengers and the potential involvement of out-of-state entities.
  • Private buses: Sometimes used by private schools, clubs, or organizations, these buses may lack the same regulatory oversight as public or commercial vehicles, leading to varied safety standards.

Why Choose Michalk, Beatty & Alcozer, L.P.? Our Commitment to You

  • Unyielding Commitment to Justice
    We tirelessly pursue accountability for those responsible for your injury, ensuring they are held accountable for their actions.
  • Relentless Pursuit of Fair Compensation
    We fight fiercely to secure the maximum compensation you deserve, recognizing the profound impact a personal injury can have on your life and livelihood.
  • Empathetic Guidance Through Adversity
    We stand by your side with unwavering support and understanding, providing guidance and reassurance during what may be one of the most challenging times in your life.
  • Resolute Advocacy for Your Rights
    With determination and expertise, we navigate the complexities of the legal system on your behalf, steadfastly protecting your rights and interests at every turn.

Damages in Texas Bus Accidents

As in other personal injury cases, the damages you may be awarded in a bus accident claim can include immediate and future medical costs, lost wages or income, cost to repair or replace damaged personal property, and compensation for your physical pain and emotional distress. 

Partner with a Proven Legal Team in Killeen

To secure fair and just compensation, it is strongly recommended that you turn to a qualified law firm, such as Michalk, Beatty & Alcozer, L.P.. We understand the nuances of Texas personal injury law and can effectively advocate for your rights. In investigating and building your claim, we have access to resources such as expert witnesses and accident reconstruction professionals. 

Our bus accident lawyers know how to fight well-funded insurance companies more interested in serving their own interests than yours. We negotiate for fair compensation through tenacious, well-documented case preparation. From filing paperwork to representing you in court, our attorneys can handle all aspects of your case, allowing you to focus on recovery.

Book your free no-obligation consultation with a Killeen bus accident lawyer via our online contact form or call (254) 765-9552 today. 

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