Traveling by bus is increasing in popularity. In Texas, bus traffic is high due to the many sightseeing bus lines and travel to and from Mexico. Because of this, bus accidents are all too common. The troubling thing about bus accidents is that more than with other vehicles, these types of accidents often injure and kill multiple passengers.
One tragic example was the North Texas accident of 2008. During this accident 17 people were killed and 40 others injured when the driver lost control of the bus on 1-75 near the Texas-Oklahoma border.
Because of accidents like this, Texas Senator Bailey Hutchison has introduced legislation that would follow National Transportation Safety Board recommendations such as more driver training, seat belt installation on all new busses and shatterproof windows. However, it is unlikely that the legislation will pass as it similar laws have been rejected in the past.
If our lawmakers refuse to mandate bus safety, what is there to do? First of all, be sure that the bus line you travel on has a good record of safety. If, despite doing so, you are injured during a bus accident, be sure to contact an attorney well versed in bus accident liability. If laws aren't strict enough we must work together to show the charter bus companies that we will be heard and that they must improve the safety of their busses. Together we will be heard. 1.800.856.2347