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Fort Worth Bus Accident Attorney
Because of their size and weight accidents with city buses, commuter buses, long-distance buses, and privately chartered buses are not uncommon, however, the injuries that result from their accidents can be devastating and long-lasting. If you or one of your family members were hit by a city bus in Fort Worth, call the knowledgeable attorneys at Queenan Law at (817) 476-1797 to set up a free case evaluation.
Transportation in Fort Worth and the Problem with Accidents with T Buses
The Fort Worth Transportation authority which many residents and visitors alike simply refer to as The T operates the busing system in Fort Worth. Additionally, The T partners with other local transit systems such as the Dallas Area Rapid Transit and the Trinity Railway Express to provide a fairly comprehensive system or transportation. The T serves the Fort Worth region by providing thirty-six bus routes, which largely run through the downtown area. Route List for the Fort Worth Bus lines include:
- 1N North Main
- 1S Hemphill
- 2 Camp Bowie
- 3 South Riverside/Tarrant County College
- 4 East Rosedale
- 5A Evans Ave
- 5B Glen Garden
- 6 8th Ave/McCart/Hulen
- 7 University Dr/Museum District
- 9 Ramey/Vickery
- 10 Bailey/Sondra
- 11 Sylvania Ave/Mercantile
- 12 Greenway
- 14 North Riverside Dr/Northside Transfer Center
- 15 Stockyards
- 17 Central Ave
- 20 Handley
- 21 Boca Raton
- 22 Meadowbrook
- 24 Berry St
- 25 Crosstown
- 26 Ridgmar Mall/Normandale
- 27 Como/Ridgmar Mall
- 29 TCU Frog Shuttle
- 30 CentrePoint
- 32 Bryant Irvin
- 41 Richland Hills (Rider Request)
- 46 Jacksboro Hwy
- 57 Como/Montgomery Plaza
- 61 Normandale Express
- 62 Summerfields Express
- 63 North Fort Worth Park & Ride Express
- 65 South Fort Worth Park & Ride Express
- 66 Candleridge Express
- 72 Hemphill/Sycamore School Rd Express
- Spur* E. Lancaster
In addition to their bus service, the T also offers riders a van and carpool service, wherein at least seven people will share the cost of getting to and from their destination. This form of transport is particularly popular with those going to and from work.
Most car accidents between private individuals are brought to court under the theory of negligence, or that one party had a duty, they breached it, as a result of their breach they caused an accident, and this accident resulted in damages. However, in 1969 Texas enacted the Texas Torts Claims Act which limited the amount of money an injured person may recover from a government, as well as places additional requirements on litigants. Under Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code. Section 101.101, not only does a party interested in suing a government funded and sponsored transportation system have to provide notice to the Fort Worth government that they intend to sue, but even if your claim is approved you will only be permitted to recover $250,000 per person, with a maximum of $500,000 per incident involving a bus operated by the city.
If you have been involved in an accident with a Fort Worth operated bus, it is a good idea to contact an attorney who is familiar with the Texas Torts Claims Act and can help protect your rights and interests.
Reasons for Bus Accidents in Fort Worth
Millions of people use public transportation and bus systems throughout the country, and when compared to a number of miles these vehicles travel, they have a relatively safe record. However, the problem with these accident types is that they often result in serious personal injury, property damage, and even fatalities. Bus accidents like many other vehicle accidents result from the combination of several different factors. However, some of the most common reasons behind bus accidents include:
- Driver negligence and distraction
- Aggressive driving
- Fatigued drivers
- Alcohol use
- Shifting traffic patterns
- Blind spots
- Driver error
Bus accidents tend to be some of the most severe accident types on the road because even at a low speed these vehicles weigh thousands of pounds more than a standard car or even truck. One of the most significant and easily avoided causes of bus accidents seems to be driver fatigue. While there are state and federal laws regulating how long a driver can be on the road when they are operating a vehicle such as a bus, all too often investigations reveal that the driver behind an accident was in violation of these laws and was overly fatigued.
Has an Accident Left you Seeking an Experienced Fort Worth, Texas Bus Accident Attorney?
You should not have to suffer the consequences of a bus accident on your own, that is why the attorneys at Queenan Law are prepared to fight for your right to compensation for all your injuries. Call the lawyers of Queenan Law at (817) 476-1797 to set up a free case evaluation.