Last week, a fiery accident occurred in Houston involving a Metro bus. The crash happened around noon last Thursday at the intersection of Hirsch and Crosstimbers. The bus was eastbound on Crosstimbers and was making a left turn onto Hirsch when it was struck on the right side by a van. The bus was propelled into a nearby field, and the van burst into flames. The drivers of both vehicles, as well as 14 passengers, were treated for injuries, none of which were considered life threatening.
After an investigation of the accident, Metro confirmed that the accident was the fault of the bus driver. The bus driver failed to yield the right of way when making the turn. A further investigation is underway to determine whether the driver will be allowed to continue being employed as a bus driver. Metro looks at driver safety in making employment decisions, and actions such as speeding, reckless driving, and using a cell phone can be grounds for discipline, including termination. Accidents caused by the bus driver are also grounds for discipline.
Businesses that transport people in exchange for money are called common carriers. Common carriers have a high duty under the law to keep their passengers safe. If they fail to do so, they can be held legally liable for damages. In this case, fortunately no one was seriously hurt. If a passenger on the bus was injured, he or she could seek damages from Metro, including medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other expenses.
If you have been injured in an accident involving a common carrier, such as bus, taxi, subway or airplane, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges. Our attorneys will provide you with a free consultation on your case, and we do not get paid until we recover damages for you. Call us at 888-894-0119, or learn more about us on LinkedIn.