Bus Accident Attorneys in El Paso And Las Cruces
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At the Ruhmann Law Firm, our Las Cruces and El Paso bus accident attorneys represent clients throughout New Mexico and Texas because we understand that if you are using public transportation, an accident with injuries or the loss of life is not your fault.
Our residents count on buses to take them to and from work and school, and to run errands and visit with friends and family. When they place their well-being in the hands of the bus driver or the private, public, or government-run bus system, they expect to get to their destinations safely.
When negligence is a factor, either on behalf of the bus’s operation or another third party that causes a collision, people are going to get hurt or killed. When they do, we are here to help hold the responsible party – or combination of parties – liable for our clients’ full financial recovery.
Contact our experienced bus accident attorneys in El Paso and Las Cruces today to learn more about your legal rights and options to move forward with a personal injury claim.
What is Considered a Bus in Texas and New Mexico?
Buses are defined as motorized vehicles that can carry more than ten passengers, according to the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.
Buses throughout Texas and New Mexico may include:
- School buses
- City buses
- Greyhound buses
- Tour buses and coaches
- Other vans or buses used for workers, airport transit, and religious groups
- Buses contracted for scholastic sports, field trips, and/or other events
When there is an accident involving a bus in Texas or New Mexico, both passengers and non-passengers can be hurt during the crash. Determining who was at fault will take a full investigation from multiple parties, and often includes city, state, and federal officials to reconstruct the collision. If you have been hurt in a crash involving a bus, you are going to need a skilled attorney who can ensure your rights are protected throughout the process. We can help.
Contact our dedicated bus accident lawyers in El Paso and Las Cruces for a free consultation today to learn more.
What are the Major Causes of Bus Accidents in Texas and New Mexico?
Our experienced bus accident attorneys in El Paso and Las Cruces know that most of these collisions are the result of negligent behaviors, which could include the reckless actions or inaction of the bus driver, bus company, or another third party.
That may include:
- Inexperienced or poorly trained bus drivers
- Drivers distracted by cellphones, GPS devices, or other electronics
- The bus driver colliding with pedestrians or bicyclists
- Other drivers stopping in bus lanes
- Fatigued driving
- Drivers attempting to go around a bus picking up/dropping off passengers
- Impaired driving
- Vehicles suddenly changing driving lanes
- The bus or other vehicles traveling at high speeds
- Vehicles swerving into traffic
- Mechanical failures when the bus is not properly maintained
Whether it was the bus driver or another motorist’s negligence, you should not be responsible for paying for your medical bills, lost wages, and overall accident expenses out of pocket.
We can help ensure you do not have to, starting with a free consultation today.
Who Can Be Held Liable for a Bus Accident, Injuries, and Fatalities in New Mexico and Texas?
Determining who is liable for a bus accident in Texas or New Mexico requires partnering with a skilled personal injury law firm that has the resources to investigate the elements of the crash, and thoroughly outline which parties are liable for our clients’ injuries or the loss of their loved ones.
With multiple types of buses operating throughout Texas and New Mexico determining who is liable for the crash may be complex without the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer by your side.
That may include:
- Bus drivers
- Fleet owners
- Private, public, or municipal operating or management companies
- Maintenance crews
- Bus or parts manufacturers
- Administrators that failed to conduct the necessary background checks on drivers
- Another third party, including other motorists, who caused the collision
Determining who is liable for your bus accident and injuries requires a bus accident law firm in Texas and New Mexico that has the resources to produce results. That is why we are here. Contact our dedicated personal injury lawyers in Las Cruces and El Paso today to learn how we can help move your case forward with confidence.
Which Bus Lines Operate in the State of Texas?
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) reports that the state’s public transportation riders took more than 274 million trips last year, using a variety of modes including fixed-route city buses, rural “dial-a-ride” systems, and sophisticated networks of buses and light rail in dense urban areas.
That includes riders who used:
- Brazos Transit District
- Capital Metro – Austin
- Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART)
- Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA)
- Fort Bend Express
- Houston Metro
- Star Vanpools – Houston
- Trinity Metro
- Trinity Railway Express
- VIA Metropolitan Transit
- Waco Transit
Which Bus Lines Operate in New Mexico?
- Atomic City Transit
- Blue Bus Transportation
- Carlsbad Municipal Transit System
- City of Albuquerque Transit Department
- City of Socorro Transportation Department
- Corre Caminos
- Gallup Express
- Hobbs Express
- Navajo Transit System
- New Mexico Park and Ride
- North Central Regional Transit District Blue Bus
- Red Apple Transit
- Red River Town Shuttle
- Rio Metro
- Rio Rancho Transit
- Roadrunner Transit
- Sandoval Easy Express
- South Central Regional Transit
- South Central Transit District
- Z Trans Public Transportation
If you have been injured in a bus accident involving any of these transit companies — or another public, private, or municipally-owned bus line in Texas or New Mexico — contact our skilled bus crash lawyers in El Paso and Las Cruces at the Ruhmann Law Firm today at 915-910-5600 to schedule a free consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions for Our Bus Accident Lawyers in Las Cruces and El Paso
What if I am Hurt in a Bus Accident as Passenger in Another Vehicle?
If you are traveling alongside a bus as a passenger in another vehicle, any accident that occurs is out of your control. That means you may have the ability to pursue all liable parties, which may include the bus operator and bus company, the driver of your own vehicle, the drivers of any other vehicles involved in the accident as well as any other person or entity which may have in any way contributed to the accident.
What if a Bus Accident Did Not Occur, but I Was Hurt as a Rider?
Bus drivers have a duty of care to ensure everyone on their bus is safe from the moment they step on board, throughout trip. If the bus driver does not collide with another vehicle, but is recklessly operating their vehicle, including speeding, taking sharp turns, or other dangerous maneuvers, passengers can get hurt while riding. If this has happened to you, contact our skilled bus accident attorneys in El Paso or Las Cruces today to learn how we can help build your claim for success.
How Long Do I Have to File a Bus Accident Claim in Texas or New Mexico?
Texas law states you must file a personal injury lawsuit, including one associated with a bus accident, within two years of the date the bus accident occurred.
New Mexico law states you must file a personal injury lawsuit, including one associated with a bus accident, within two years – instead of three, if it involves a public entity – of the date the bus accident occurred. However, if the bus is part of public transit, you must act quickly and provide the government agency notice of your lawsuit within 90 days of your injury.
What Type of Compensation Can I Pursue After Being Injured in a New Mexico or Texas Bus Accident?
Each bus accident and injury victim’s case is unique and requires a complete medical evaluation to determine the overall damages that occurred.
That may include compensation for:
- Complete medical expenses
- Medical device and prescription costs
- Rehabilitation and therapy services
- Current and future lost wages
- Partial or full disability
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
Our dedicated Las Cruces and El Paso bus accident lawyers will outline your injuries and the circumstances that led to them to ensure we are pursuing the best outcome for your unique case.
Do I Need a Bus Accident Attorney if the Bus Driver Was Clearly At Fault for the Crash?
Yes. Bus accidents involve multiple layers of investigation, and may include several insurance policies, in-house attorneys, and municipal red tape that is complex. You will need a bus accident lawyer in Las Cruces or El Paso to help you pursue the best outcome for your case, so you can focus on your physical recovery while we take the lead in pursuing results inside or outside the courtroom.