Shortly before dawn on Tuesday morning, a First Class Tours, Inc. bus carrying Channelview band students was involved in a tragic bus crash. The bus crashed into a 50 foot ravine in Baldwin County, Alabama. The students were traveling home to Channelview from a trip to Disney World in Florida. The driver was killed, and dozens of students were injured. This type of crash often causes traumatic brain injuries, as well as orthopedic injuries. By all accounts, this was a one-vehicle collision. The most common causes of this type of bus crash are driver fatigue and vehicle equipment failure. Federal and state law have strict requirements for interstate drivers of commercial vehicles. Despite these rules, which limit hours behind the wheel, and require scheduled rest breaks, a crash study by the Department of Transportation study found that, in collisions where the truck was at fault, 87 per cent were caused by driver fatigue. Many of these collisions occur between midnight and 6 a.m. — the time of day when drivers are naturally drowsy. Federal and state laws also require regular maintenance and daily inspection of commercial vehicles. Equipment failure, such as brakes that are dangerously worn or out of adjustment, often cause fatal collisions. It is the driver’s responsibility to check his rig at the beginning of every trip, and to submit a vehicle maintenance report. In spite of these requirements, poor vehicle maintenance is also a major cause of truck and bus collisions. The tour company’s online safety record […]
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ChannelView Students Involved in Tragic Bus Crash
What If My Child Is Injured In A School Bus Accident?
Accidents involving school buses and multi-passenger transport vans have been featured in the news lately. Alcohol is often a factor, and the prevalence of electronic devices has also increased the amount of distracted drivers on the road. What do I do if my child is injured in a school bus accident? Wham and Rogers, PLLC – Texas Injury Attorneys (832) 592-1108 discuss in this video. Houston Bus Attorneys Each day, during the school year, 23 million children ride the bus to school. The law requires the use of seat belts in passenger vehicles, but most school buses do not have any sort of safety restraint system. Children can suffer serious injuries in a bus crash. Side impact collisions can be particularly dangerous in school buses. Under Texas Personal Injury law, recovery is allowed for medical expenses, pain and suffering, disability, and physical impairment. Texas Injury Law Firm Call our office for a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer at (832) 592-1108. We are Board Certified trial attorneys serving Harris County and Montgomery County.