It is common for Texas groups and organizations to use charter buses as a way to get to various events and excursions. Charter buses can be a good way for a large group to travel together and enjoy the trip. In general, charter buses are safe, but there are always exceptions. There have been numerous accidents involving charter buses, which sometimes occur when drivers are negligent or the buses are not properly maintained.
The charter bus industry is regulated by both state and federal regulations. Those regulations have tightened up somewhat over the last several years, spurred on by a rash of crashes that occurred involving charter buses in 2011.
When a passenger is injured in a charter bus accident, there may be several parties that could be held responsible for the accident, depending on the circumstances. The charter bus company could be held responsible – it is responsible for maintaining the bus, hiring qualified drivers, and meeting safety regulations. If the accident was caused by the bus driver’s negligence, the bus driver may be held liable as well. If another driver of another vehicle was responsible for the accident, that driver could be held liable for injuries. Finally, if the vehicle was defective, and that led to the accident, the manufacturer could be held legally liable.
Most lawsuits involving charter bus accidents are complex, and they require skilled attorneys who are used to handling complex personal injury lawsuits. If you have been involved in a charter bus accident in the Houston area, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. You can learn more about our firm on Google Plus.