With the summer upon us, holiday travel is at its peak. Many families and individuals use tour bus trips to visit relatives and travel to vacation sites. While generally speaking, tour bus accidents are rare, they do occur and when they do the results can be shocking.
There are many examples of recent tour bus wrecks that make the news and involve many serious Andrews and wrongful death. Recently, a Texas bus accident killed three and injured 41 people. The bus traveled from Texas to an Oklahoma casino and crashed outside Irving, Texas.
Of the injured, 15 were seriously injured due to the bus accident. According to reports, the passengers met at a parking lot and boarded the bus that was traveling to the Choctaw Casino resort in Oklahoma.
Reports further indicate that the bus started rattling and shaking, and then the bus struck a concrete median separating the highway lanes. The result was that the bus rolled over, two people were killed, and others were injured.
While the driver was apparently a very experienced commercial driver, the accident still happened, and many people were injured as a result. In recent developments, the Texas Department of Public Safety has turned the case over to a Dallas County DA for considering charges against the bus driver.
Whether or not charges are brought against the bus driver depends on the district attorney. Unless there are extenuating circumstances such as texting while driving, drinking or taking drugs, most of the time, charges are not filed when it is simply a matter of driver error.
Nevertheless, this story shows that professional truck drivers who carry passengers are held to a very high standard, given the potential for injury or death. A bus carrying people is somewhat like an aircraft in that the pilot has many people’s lives in their hands.
If you or are loved one has been injured in a Texas bus accident, consider speaking to a bus accident lawyer as soon as possible after the accident.