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Houston Metro Bus Accident Lawyer
It comes as no surprise that the densely populated city of Houston is home to the one of the largest public bus systems in the United States. The sheer volume of traffic on the roads means that despite even the best of intentions, accidents are likely to occur. Regardless of the intent of Houston Metro employees, it is still the responsibility of the Metro to provide compensation if any of its passengers are hurt due to negligence or recklessness. When it comes to Houston Metro bus accidents, there are many hurdles an injured person must cross to receive compensation from this municipal entity. The Pascoe Law Firm is familiar with the procedural requirements necessary to obtain monetary recompense for injuries sustained as a passenger, pedestrian or motorist.
When Your Bus Accident Occurs on a Houston Metro Bus
- The facts which support your claim of injury must be specific enough to allow the governmental entity the ability to conduct a proper investigation.
- The facts supporting your claim must include a specific amount for your damages, such as the total amount of your medical bills.
- The government has six months in which to rule on your claim.
- If the governmental entity admits fault, you will be compensated for your injury. The amount of compensation may be what you claimed as damages or could be only a portion of that amount.
- If your claim is denied, you may file a lawsuit for your injuries, but that lawsuit must be filed within two years of the denial.
Types of Houston Metro Bus Accident Cases
- Collisions With Other Vehicles— the force of an impact may throw passengers from their seats or off of their feet, causing harm due to falls or crashes with objects.
- Poorly Maintained Buses— critical components such as brakes and tires should be inspected and maintained to prevent accidents that occur when these devices fail to perform as intended. In the event of a crash, the service records of the bus that was involved should be examined to determine whether proper safety protocol was followed preceding the incident.
- Distracted or Fatigued Bus Driver— overworked bus drivers are increasingly more common as most are forced to work demanding schedules. Distractions and tiredness are both proven to slow reaction time and contribute to accidents and the state of the driver at the time of a crash must be evaluated when evaluating fault.
- Influence of Alcohol and Drug Use by Operators— it is an unfortunate reality that despite every effort to prevent the use of controlled substances while operating commercial vehicles, some drivers still make the reckless decision to use drugs or drink alcohol while on duty. The driver involved in any METRO bus accident should be subject to a drug and alcohol test at the time of the incident, and if he or she tests positive, the Houston METRO is responsible for its employee’s actions.
What Should I Do If I Am in a Bus Accident?
- Witness information
- Police and medical reports
- Pictures of the accident scene and your injuries
- Your written notes about the incident
Contact A Houston METRO Bus Accident Lawyer Today
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