A wrong way truck crash into a bus caused three fatalities and injuries near Fort Worth.

Texas – November 19, 2021

A pickup truck heading the wrong way on a West Texas highway slammed into a bus carrying members of a high school band, killing three adults including the bus driver according to Texas Department of Public Safety officials.  Additionally, two students from the bus were critically injured in the late Friday afternoon crash on Interstate 20 in Big Spring, about 250 miles west of Fort Worth.  Two of the adults suffered fatal injury at the scene and one succumbed to fatal injury after being transported to University Medical Center.  The two injured students were also transported to University Medical Center in critical, but stable condition.  Other students were taken to the Scenic Mountain Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.  Surviving loved ones of the individuals who suffered fatal injury from the bus accident should immediately speak with an experienced bus accident attorney in order to file a wrongful death claim. Cooper Law Firm can guide loved ones’ actions and attempt to speed up the process of accessing insurance funds to pay for funeral and burial costs, and they can assist injured passengers with insurance claims and potential legal action if it is necessary.

Assigned fault.

Bus accidents often occur because of driver error, but there are times when it is the fault of another driver. Accidents involving school buses make frequent headline news because of the degree of loss involved.  Bus size can change the ability to maneuver the vehicle in quick stops or swerving movements to get out of the way and could be a contributing factor to the amount of accidents on record.  A bus is a large and heavy motor vehicle that can carry more than 10 passengers including the driver, increasing the potential for larger monetary damages compared to that of a single motor vehicle accident. A personal injury lawyer specializing in bus accidents could help you sort out who may be negligent in a bus accident and what state and federal laws will support a claim for damages.

Mandatory Insurance.

Pursuant to Section 601.072 of the Texas Statutes, all motor vehicles must be covered by insurance including liability coverage for at least Thirty-Thousand Dollars per person, Sixty-Thousand for two or more people, and Twenty-Five Thousand for property damage for each accident. Texas drivers must establish financial responsibility for their vehicle, accomplished by purchasing car insurance to cover expenses related to injuries and damages from vehicle accidents.  Talk to an experienced bus accident attorney to ascertain if there may be additional penalties for violating the financial responsibility laws include fines, license suspensions, car impoundments, and prison sentences.

Statute of Limitations.

Texas has a two (2) year statute of limitations for property damage and personal injury claims.

Damages.

Talk to a bus accident attorney about the two types of damages that victims can sue for include: 1) compensatory damages which are those damages causing economic (loss of wages, medical bills, and property damage) and non-economic loss to victim (pain and suffering); and 2) punitive damages meant to punish the persons being sued.

Hire a lawyer.

Bus accident victims who have lost a loved one, or who have been injured should hire competent legal counsel at the Cooper Law Firm who can objectively speak on their behalf in a courtroom, and work toward catastrophic damage recovery and timely access to insurance funds to cover funeral and burial expenses.

Cooper Law Firm
N. Eric Cooper
Address: 501 N Third St,
Longview, TX 75601

Telephone ; (903) 297-0037
Toll-Free: 1-855-297-HURT (4878)
Facsimile: (903) 236-0035

Sources.

https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/killed-students-school-band-bus-crash-81293239

https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/TN/htm/TN.601.htm#601.051

https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/CP/htm/CP.16.htm#16.003

https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/TN/htm/TN.601.htm#601.072

https://www.tdi.texas.gov/pubs/consumer/cb020.html

 

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