Over the past weekend, yet another fatal charter bus crash occurred on our Texas roads. According to the Dallas Morning News, an OGA Charters bus was involved in a rollover crash which killed 9 people and injured at least 44 others on U.S. 83 North, approximately 45 miles north of Laredo. While the crash investigation is still in the preliminary phases, it seems clear that OGA Charters had failed recent safety and mechanical inspections – some resulting in vehicles being sidelined until repairs had been made.
This tragic event reminds us of the Cardinal Coach Line / Choctaw Casino fatal bus crash back in 2013. Reyes Browne Reilley Law Firm attorney Spencer Browne represented the family of Paula Hahn in a wrongful death lawsuit stemming from the casino charter bus wreck on the George Bush Turnpike. Recently, a Dallas County jury ordered Choctaw Nation to pay Ms. Hahn’s family $6M.
Know Before You Ride
If you are considering riding on or hiring a coach or tour bus in the United States, take the extra step of researching the carrier or charter company. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) maintains details safety inspection, driver, and crash investigation reports on all U.S. carriers. All you need to fully research a prospective charter company is their carrier name or U.S. DOT #. Click this link to start your safety search.
If you or someone you know has been injured or killed in a charter or tour bus accident, please contact us today for a free and confidential consultation from the skilled DFW car accident lawyers at Reyes Browne Reilley. Just complete the contact form on this page, or call us at 214-526-7900.