Understanding Austin Bus Accident Injury Claims
Buses aren’t only larger and carry more passengers than cars; they are also much more challenging to operate safely. That’s because:
- Buses are harder to maneuver and slower to stop.
- Buses make frequent stops, with passengers boarding and disembarking regularly.
- Buses have more blind spots and more distractions.
- Buses need more frequent and more involved maintenance.
These challenges are added to the risk factors all drivers face – impaired, distracted, or reckless driving, among others. If a bus driver lacks the proper training and experience to safely operate these cumbersome vehicles, the likelihood of an avoidable accident increases. That likelihood also increases when a bus company or transit authority fails to properly screen and train the drivers they hire or neglects to inspect, maintain, or repair their fleets.
When a driver operates a bus in an unsafe and negligent manner, or a mechanical problem which should have been repaired leads to accidents and injuries, multiple parties may be at fault and held liable for the damage that results.
When a public entity like Capital Metro or a school district owns and operates the bus, special rules and shorter time limits for filing claims may apply, making it even more important to contact one of the Austin bus accident lawyers at Sandoval James as soon as you can after an accident. Failure to act in time or follow the rules for such claims can cost you your right to obtain any compensation at all.