Being struck by a massive bus can result in serious and lasting personal injuries. Likewise, being inside a bus during a crash can cause serious and traumatizing injuries. Without experienced attorneys on your side, it can be extremely difficult to to recover after such an accident.
Alford & Clark knows how to handle bus accident cases. Our bus accident attorneys are well versed in the laws that govern bus operation and have experience going toe to toe with some of the largest bus companies in the country. Don't trust your case to a regular car wreck attorney who will treat your case like a run-of-the-mill car accident. Hire a law firm that knows the difference and will make the difference in your case.
Commercial buses are required to carry large insurance policies. The insurance companies behind these policies have a lot to lose. As a result, the insurance adjusters who handle bus accidents are some of the most experienced adjusters in the company, and they will use every trick in the book to minimize your claim or to deny it outright. Municipal bus lines, on the other hand, are backed by government dollars, which are shielded by complicated laws and protected by complex, bureaucratic schemes. When you take on an experienced adjuster or city hall, you need to make them take you seriously. You need Alford & Clark in your corner. Alford & Clark is a full-service firm that prides itself on client satisfaction. When you hire us, we take care of all the headaches of dealing with your bus accident - both big and small. If you were injured as a passenger, we will help you get the medical care you need and help get you the compensation you deserve. If your car was hit by a bus, we will also help you get your car fixed and help you get a rental car. Call us now for a free, confidential consultation.Our bus accident lawyers are on call – 24/7 – and are happy to answer any questions absolutely free of charge. If you decide to hire us, you will never pay us out of your own pocket and we will never take a percentage of the money you get to repair or replace your car. That's because - unlike some other law firms - our attorney fee is only a percentage of case winnings from the injury side of your case. Best of all, there is zero risk to you. If we don't win, no matter how much we spent fighting on your behalf, you will never owe us a dime. We only get paid when we win your case.
I've been hurt in a bus accident, what do I do?
If you are able, contact the police and emergency medical services. If you are not, ask another passenger to do so
Immediately seek medical attention for your injuries
Contact Alford & Clark, who will safeguard your legal rights
Avoid giving written or recorded statements to the bus company or insurance company
Get the names of the bus company and driver
Get the names and contact information for any witnesses
Take photographs of the accident scene and your injuries
What laws make a bus accident different from a regular car wreck?
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations establish rules and regulations for interstate motor carriers. These regulations set a minimum floor that the companies and their drivers must obey. These regulations are extensive, and cover topics such as:
Hiring employees. The FMCSRs require an interstate motor carrier to ensure that prospective drivers are qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle, which includes verifying that the driver has a commercial driver’s license, can read and speak English, and has enough training or experience to safely operate a commercial motor vehicle.
Inspection, repair, and maintenance. The FMCSRs require that every motor carrier must systematically inspect, repair, and maintain all motor vehicles under their control.
There are also state-level regulations under the Texas Transportation Code that may apply to your case. You can trust your team at Alford & Clark to dig into the relevant statutes and do all they can to help you hold the big companies and their insurance carriers accountable.
Serious bus accidents are more common than you would like to think.
According to the latest statistics from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA):
3,978 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes in 2014
From 2009 to 2013, the number of fatal crashes involving large trucks or buses increased by 20 percent
From 2013 to 2014, the number of large trucks involved in injury crashes increased by 21 percent, from 73,000 to 88,000, and the large truck involvement rate in injury crashes increased by 21 percent
From 2013 to 2014, Vehicle miles traveled (VMT) by large trucks increased by 1.5 percent, and bus VMT increased by 5.5 percent
In 2014, the three most common crash-causing factor for large truck drivers were (1) speeding, (2) distracted driving, and (3) impairment from fatigue, alcohol, or illness
These statistics show that companies are pushing their drivers to spend more and more time on the road. As the economy improves, companies may be cutting corners in efforts to grow their business and maximize profits at the expense of public safety. With companies pushing their drivers harder than ever, collisions with passenger vehicles will occur, and when they do - the results can be devastating.
Why do I need Alford & Clark?
Most commercial bus companies are no strangers to litigation. Their vehicles can easily weigh 20 times more than an ordinary passenger vehicle like your car or light truck. When their massive commercial vehicles cause a collision, that impact usually results in catastrophic injuries or death for the driver of the small passenger vehicle. You or your loved one is likely not the first person that has been hurt by the negligence and recklessness of these companies. The companies' experience fighting cases like yours is one reason why you need to contact Alford & Clark immediately after the accident.
Many commercial bus companies will immediately send out a "crash team" of lawyers, accident reconstructionists, and private investigators to the accident scene. Their job is to secure the scene and start gathering evidence to show that their company and driver were not at fault. They may even try to influence the police officers investigating the accident, encouraging them to scrub the accident report or even change the officers' conclusions.
When you contact Alford & Clark after a serious commercial bus accident, your team of attorneys and experts will investigate the scene. Your team will find the evidence that the bus company is trying to minimize. Your team will make sure that the company does not get a chance to destroy or "lose" critical evidence. Regular car wreck lawyers will not do this, because they do not know how to, and your case will suffer for it. This is why you should trust Alford & Clark to help you fight against the big companies and insurance carriers.
The Texas trial attorneys at Alford & Clark PLLC have their primary office in San Antonio, Texas but are proud to serve the following areas: San Antonio, Sugar Land, Baytown, McKinney, Spring, Pharr, Brownsville, Pearland, College Station, Rowlett, Killeen, Longview, Amarillo, Wichita Falls, DeSoto, Temple, Austin, Victoria, League City, Carrollton, Flower Mound, Beaumont, Port Arthur, Round Rock, Lubbock, Pasadena, McAllen, Missouri City, Irving, Tyler, Houston, Odessa, Plano, Harlingen, Allen, Denton, Garland, Lewisville, Bryan, Waco,Edinburg, Grand Prairie, North Richland Hills, Cedar Park, Abilene, Arlington, San Marcos, Mission, Fort Worth, Galveston, Grapevine, Corpus Christi, Atascocita, Frisco, El Paso, Pflugerville, Conroe, The Woodlands, Midland, Dallas, Richardson, Mesquite, New Braunfels, San Angelo, Laredo, Mansfield, Euless, and Georgetown. The trial lawyers at Alford & Clark PLLC will also accept cases of serious personal injury and wrongful death outside of these cities.