Authorities investigating La Joya ISD bus crash
Accident details limited
La Joya police continue their investigation of a December 9 traffic accident involving a La Joya ISD school bus. Initial reports indicate no one was seriously injured when the bus collided with another vehicle at the intersection of Bentsen Palm Road and Business 83 in Palmview. According to police reports, the impact caused the bus to crash into a utility pole.
About Bus Accident Lawsuits and Settlements
The cause of the La Joya accident remains under investigation, but in other cases, when it’s determined negligent behavior caused a bus accident, the injured parties should consider filing a lawsuit. This may be the only way to seek compensation for temporary or permanent damage. If the injured party needs treatment or therapy, they will require that their medical fees be covered.
Not every bus accident results from negligence. In fact, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA) says buses are among the safest modes of transportation. However, bus crashes that are the result of negligent behavior can be due to the actions of a single person, a group, or a company.
Liability for Bus Accidents
Plaintiffs need to know who is liable, regardless of whether the accident is with a tour bus, school bus, charter bus, or city bus. Those responsible for bus accidents can include:
- Bus driver/operator/owner
- Bus driver manager/supervisor
- Other vehicle drivers
- Bus maintenance company
- City, county, or state department
- Bus stop property owner
- Bus manufacturer/parts producer
- Injured parties, their vehicles, actions, and decisions
Although blame can be put on the bus driver or manufacturer, it can also sometimes be the injured party. This shared responsibility can change the claims of damages, lawsuits, and compensation results.
Elements of Negligence
Most personal injury claims require plaintiffs to show the burden of proof. Before receiving compensation, the injured must prove negligence, which caused the crash.
There are four elements of negligence, including:
- The defendant owed a duty of care
- The defendant breached their duty of care
- The plaintiff proves the defendant was negligent
- The defendant’s breach and negligence were significant components in causing the plaintiff’s injuries
J. Gonzalez Injury Attorneys: Experienced Representation in Bus Accident Claims
A bus accident lawsuit can be complicated, and the injury attorneys at the J. Gonzalez Law Firm can explain more about bus crash lawsuits and settlements. We will ensure the legal process itself does not make the situation worse.
Since 2001, J. Gonzalez Injury Attorneys have made it their mission to serve the Rio Grande Valley community, guiding them through complex legal proceedings in order to get the compensation they deserve.
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