On January 9, 2014, KHOU 11 News reporter Andrew Horansky filed a report detailing the circumstances of two accidents involving vehicles and pedestrians in North Houston. The first accident, involving a school bus, occurred at the intersection of Elysian and Collingsworth just before 8:00 a.m. The victim was not in a crosswalk. A witness reported that the bus seemed to come “out of nowhere.”
This is precisely the sort of accident that can present difficulty for accident lawyers in Houston. Assessing responsibility can be complex. In this instance, assuming that events transpired as reported, it would seem that the injured party may be partially responsible for his misfortune, given that he was not using a crosswalk. On the other hand, buses that appear to materialize suddenly may very well have been moving too fast.
The three students on the bus were not injured. The victim sustained cuts and bruises, the extent of which was not immediately known. An accident lawyer in Houston like the ones at Kirkendall Dwyer LLP can bring care and expertise to your case if you should be in an accident involving a bus.
It’s worth noting that it takes a lot of focus to drive a bus, especially a school bus. Children can be more distracting than adult passengers. If a driver is distracted, poorly trained, or worse, impaired, he or she is not operating to a proper standard of care and may be deemed to be negligent. Bus drivers, in fact, are held to a higher standard than the rest of us – it’s called the “common carrier rule,” and it’s designed to protect both passengers on the bus, people in surrounding vehicles, and pedestrians.
If you’ve been injured in a bus-related accident, call one of Kirkendall Dwyer LLP’s accident lawyers in Houston. They can assist you in recovering compensation if you are injured. The consultation is free, and can be arranged by calling 713-522-3529.