Charter Bus Crashes

Charter Bus Crashes


Today, we are going to be talking about charter
bus crashes. It has become a common occurrence to read
about these accidents in the news. A recent such crash occurred when a charter
bus traveling to a Texas casino crashed and rolled over resulting in 8 deaths and at least
44 injured in south Texas. A devastating accident. My guest is Texas Attorney Terry Bryant and
he is going to talk with us about this topic. So Terry thanks for being here today. Thank you for having me. Terry I know you’ve represented victims
of bus crashes in the past. Have you found there to be some commonalities
in the causes of these horrific crashes? Yes. Some of the common causes we see include driver
errors. A driver can be distracted or misjudge a maneuver
having failed to account for the size of the vehicle they’re driving. We also see drug and alcohol related causes. And then there are crashes that maybe due
to road hazards or mechanical failure or another driver. And why is it that these crashes are often
so deadly? Well first of all, virtually all of these
crashes are horrific in fatalities, and severe injuries are common because of the size of
the vehicles. Also most buses don’t come with safety restraints. So if the vehicle rolls over or hits another
vehicle head on, passengers tend to get tossed around. What about the training and competence of
bus drivers. What kind of training do they get? They have to obtain a CDL license which is
a commercial drivers license. They also need a passenger endorsement on
their license. School bus drivers also need a special endorsement
to transport children. Handling one of these passenger transports
is often cumbersome and takes getting used to. Also, each driver must be trained for their
specific route and work environment. Just getting a CDL is not enough. Driving through a route slowly and without
distractions is nothing like a standard work day for these employees. For this reason drivers should receive at
least one month of training, though more complex routes may require up to 3 months in instruction. If this training is not given to the driver,
there’s a much greater chance a bus crash will occur. So why is it so important to hire an attorney
to represent you in these cases? First of all, a lawyer is going to help victims
assess damage and get compensation for their medical bills. The bus companies have a team of lawyers on
their side and it’s really important that a bus crash victim be represented as well. The average person is just not going to know
how to sort out the complexities of a case like this. Terry, thank you for your time today. Thank you. Until next time, this is Dei Lynam for Texas
Law TV.

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