As reported by CNN, a deadly bus accident occurred early Tuesday (3/13) morning involving a bus carrying Houston-area band students in Baldwin County, Alabama.
The tragedy included several injured people, who were taken to 10 hospitals throughout the region, including the Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, which received 18 of the injured victims. Medevac helicopters were needed to transport the patients to the various hospitals. The Baldwin County sheriff noted that one patient is in critical condition and five are in serious condition.
There was also one death – the bus driver.
The bus, which was carrying about 45 people, was traveling west on Interstate 10 at about 5:30 a.m. CT, when – for reasons yet unknown – it struck the median and plunged into a 50-foot ravine. The bus then struck a bridge support when it landed and came to rest on its side.
Rescue efforts included individuals from the fire department rappelling down to the victims and bringing them back up with ropes. Regional law enforcement agents also helped to carry out some of the injured. The last victim was removed from the bus shortly after 9 a.m. CT.
The bus suffered measurable damage including what appears to be the front axle ripped from the vehicle, luggage compartments missing, and damage to the roof.
The charter bus was operated by First Class Tours and was taking students back home from Orlando, Florida.
What happens now?
As the recovery process begins for the individuals and families who have had to suffer through this terrible events begin, many are likely to begin looking towards legal remedies to help them pay for medical fees and other costs.
The liable (at-fault) parties can vary depending on the specifics of the accident. The accident can be the result of multiple parties or just one individual.
A number of variables have to be taken into consideration including:
- The condition (maintenance or lack of)
- Faulty equipment
- Bad weather
- The driver
- Other drivers involved in the accident
Any number of these factors can have led to the accident. That’s why it is so important to seek legal guidance and support from a qualified Houston personal injury lawyer like your experienced team at Lapeze & Johns.
We have the ability to gather all the necessary information, and obtain expert opinions from a supporting team of medical doctors, engineers, investigators, accident research specialists, and other legal professionals to develop the best case for you.
What can I get compensated for?
Individuals hurt – or killed – in a bus accident may be able to obtain compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral costs
- Wrongful death
Personal injury claims may be made against multiple parties and insurance policies. Our Houston attorneys will provide you with the best legal guidance to ensure you are making the right decisions and that your claim is taken seriously.