Police are investigating a crash in downtown Austin involving a Capital Metro bus. Five adults and two children were injured in the crash.
Details of the CapMetro Crash
KXAN reports the crash occurred around 2:40 pm Sunday at the intersection of the North Interstate 35 northbound service road and East 11th Street. A Capital Metro spokesperson stated the crash appeared to be caused by a vehicle running a red light.
At least seven people, including two children, were injured in the cash. Later reports suggest eight people were hospitalized.
The two children were both transported to Dell Children’s Medical Center with critical, life-threatening injuries. Three adults were taken to Dell Seton Medical Center with serious injuries – one of the adults’ injuries were considered possibly life-threatening. Two more adults were transported to St. David’s Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
The crash remains under investigation.
What to Do If You Are Involved in a Bus Crash
Bus accidents can result in serious injuries for passengers, pedestrians, and occupants of other vehicles. When it comes time to seek compensation for your injuries, you may find it difficult to determine who is responsible for the damages you suffered.
Whether your accident involved a bus owned by a private company or a bus operated by a municipality, there are a few things you can do to help ensure you receive fair compensation for your crash.
- Seek medical attention. If you were injured in the crash, you should seek immediate medical attention. Get an ambulance if necessary. Your health is paramount, and having a medical professional document your injuries can also help you recover damages related to your treatment.
- Report your crash. Be sure you report your crash to the authorities. If there are significant injuries or if a vehicle cannot be moved, call the police to the scene. Otherwise, file a crash report as soon after the crash as possible.
- Gather evidence and photos. Get as much information from the scene of the crash as possible. This includes photos of any damages and contributing factors (i.e., roadwork or weather conditions) and contact information for those involved. Also, gather contact information of any witnesses.
- Call your insurance company. Most policies actually require you to contact your insurer immediately after a crash. Regardless of this requirement, you will want to consult with your insurance about your benefits and begin a claim.
- Speak to an attorney near you. Because bus accidents are so complex, you will want to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. Make sure the attorney you call is familiar with the laws that regulate buses at your local level. Different states and cities can have different laws and ordinances.
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