The Queenan Law Firm

Experienced. Respected. Successful.

Results that matter, because our clients matter.

Houston Bus Accident Lawyer

Whether you were injured as a passenger on a bus, as a motorist on the road, as a pedestrian, or on a bicycle, the attorneys at our office have the knowledge and experience to help guide you through the complex insurance system that often keeps many injured people form recovering compensation for their injuries.

If you or someone you know and love was injured by a METRO bus regardless if you were walking or riding their bike, or even as a passenger or other motorist, you may be entitled to significant compensation for your injuries. The bus injury lawyers of Queenan Law are here to help you exercise your rights as an accident victim and fight for maximum compensation. Contact us today at (817) 719-8082 to set up a free case evaluation.

Buses and other Transportation in Houston

Houston is served by the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, or also known as METRO. The METRO system provides public transportation to residents, visitors, and students by offering a comprehensive system of buses, trolleys, and lift vans, as well as a light rail system.  The METRO system provides access to many areas of the city and serves many of Houston’s suburban areas as well.  Many of the park and ride buses that operate on Houston roads driver in the high-occupancy-vehicle (HOV) lanes. These buses further connect the surrounding areas to Houston including:

  • Alvin (Yellow Jacket Grocery-Citgo)
  • Angleton (Ocampos Mexican Rest)
  • Baytown (Baytown Travel Express)
  • Conroe (Conroe Greyhound Station)
  • Galveston (Galveston Bus Station)
  • Katy (at Millers Exxon)
  • Prairie View (at Unco Food Store)
  • Rosenberg (at Shell-McDonalds)
  • Sealy (at Mazac Muffler City-AC)
  • Texas City (at McKown Air Conditioning, also serving La Marque)

In addition to the public transportation systems that are readily available to Houston residents and visitors, the popular Greyhound Bus service is also available and operates five stations in Houston.

bus accident lawyer houston tx

Bus Crashes in Houston Often Attributed to Bus Driver Error

Make no mistake that bus accidents are not severe, these large and heavy vehicles can cause massive amounts of property damage, personal injury, and even fatalities. While these vehicles offer a convenient and cost-effective way to travel, they can also be hazardous on the road. Determining who is responsible for a bus accident and what were the reasons behind a bus accident is not always an easy task, however, through intensive investigation we have observed that some of the most common causes and reasons behind a bus accident include the following:

There are a number of reasons a bus may get into an accident, but driver fatigue seems to be one of the most common. Some of the other common (but somewhat less frequent) causes of bus accidents include:

  • Driver distraction or negligence
  • Road rage or driving aggressively
  • Speeding
  • Blind spots
  • Alcohol and drug abuse
  • Poor Weather Conditions
  • Too much time on the road
  • Mechanical problems
  • Error on the part of the driver

One of the most significant causes of severe bus accidents is driver fatigue. Experts have concluded that when a driver does not have adequate rest their reaction time, decision-making abilities and mental clarity are similar to those who have consumed alcohol before getting behind the wheel.

Rely on the Help of a Houston, Texas Bus Accident Lawyer

Car accident cases are usually brought to court under a negligence theory, that is that a driver has a duty to drive their vehicle, they breached their duty when they say for example ran a red light, as a result of this breach they were the cause of the accident, and there were subsequently injuries. While the actual application of this standard is more complex the law behind a car accident can be rather easy to grasp. However, the problem that many motorists, pedestrians, and passengers on buses encounter is the Texas Tort Claims Act, which governs lawsuits against government entities in Texas.

houston texas personal injury lawyer

This law can limit the amount of money you may recover from an accident with a bus that is operated by the City of Houston. Specifically, Section 101.023 of the Civil Practices and Remedies Code provides for a cap on a number of damages and states:

(a)    Liability of the state government under this chapter is limited to money damages in a maximum amount of $250,000 for each person and $500,000 for each single occurrence for bodily injury or death and $100,000 for each single occurrence for injury to or destruction of property.

(b)    Except as provided by Subsection (c), liability of a unit of local government under this chapter is limited to money damages in a maximum amount of $100,000 for each person and $300,000 for each single occurrence for bodily injury or death and $100,000 for each single occurrence for injury to or destruction of property.

(c)    Liability of a municipality under this chapter is limited to money damages in a maximum amount of $250,000 for each person and $500,000 for each single occurrence for bodily injury or death and $100,000 for each single occurrence for injury to or destruction of property.

(d)    Except as provided by Section 78.001, the liability of an emergency service organization under this chapter is limited to money damages in a maximum amount of $100,000 for each person and $300,000 for each single occurrence for bodily injury or death and $100,000 for each single occurrence for injury to or destruction of property.

This can effectively limit the amount of money that you may recover from an accident with a city bus in Houston. Because of the Texas Torts Claims Act, only permits you to sue a municipal government entity for $250,000 per person, with a maximum of $500,000 per incident, your injuries may exceed the amount of money you can recover. This also raises another issue for motorists to consider after they have been involved in an accident, is that as the Texas Torts Claims Act applies to governments including municipalities and cities, you will likely be dealing with city lawyers and insurance companies that are eager to offer you a quick low-ball settlement.

If you are facing injuries because of a bus accident, the attorneys at Queenan Law are prepared to fight for your right to compensation. The bus injury lawyers of Queenan Law are here to help you exercise your rights as an accident victim and fight for maximum compensation. Contact us today at (817) 719-8082 to set up a free case evaluation.

  • Get a Free Case Evaluation

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.