Around 9 a.m. this morning, there was a bus accident on Bush Turnpike in Irving, Texas. The bus hit a rubber crash barrier on the east side of the tollway, swerved across two lanes of traffic, crashed into the middle concrete barrier, and finally flipped over onto the grassy area in the middle of the turnpike. The flipped bus ended up on it’s right side (where the exit doors were located) and many passengers tried to climb out through the emergency hatches on the roof, or through the windows. The reason for the crash is still under investigation.
There were 45 people on the passenger list at the time of the incident. Most of them were reported to be elderly. Two of these people didn’t survive this tragedy and 41 were injured. When the emergency vehicles arrived, people were rushed to nearby hospitals. Victims experienced everything from cuts and scrapes to severe internal injuries. Sixteen of the patients are in critical condition.
Most of the bus passengers were not wearing seatbelts during the time of the crash. As a result, when this crash occurred, many people ended up crushing each other in a pile.
Sadly, this is just one of many bus accidents reported annually. A 2010 national report stated that there were 13,000 buses involved in crashes that year, resulting in 226 fatalities and countless injuries. In Texas alone, there were 2,358 school bus accidents that occurred during the 2011-2012 school year (Texas Eduaction Agency report).
Safety should be taken very seriously. Although we can’t completely avoid accidents like this because they’re unforeseen and can occur spontaneously, we can help save lives by enforcing safety rules. Had passenger involved in this accident been wearing their seatbelts there would have been far less injuries. It is crucial to follow safety rules and guidelines for any type of transportation. Remember that buckling up can help save both your life and the lives of those around you. Perhaps stricter laws should be enforced to ensure that all bus safety rules are followed.
Contact Reyes Browne Reilley today if you or someone you care about has been injured in a bus accident. Our Dallas auto accident lawyers will help you get the compensation you deserve. Call us at 214-526-7900 or submit the short Case Review form on the right.