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Driver Fatigue Factor in Fatal Texas Bus Crash

An investigative report concluded driver fatigue contributed to a fatal bus crash that resulted in the deaths of nine people and the injuries of nearly 40 others near Laredo in 2016.

About the Deadly Texas Bus Crash

The Washington Post reports that a bus driver with “acute sleep deficit” lost control of his vehicle on a wet highway north of Laredo and crashed.

The bus began its journey in Brownsville, Texas and was en route to the Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino in Eagle Pass when the crash happened. Investigators believe the driver attempted to react to the bus drifting out of its lane, but overcorrected and braked abruptly. Recent rain and an inoperable antilock braking system complicated the situation.

Seven passengers were died at the scene, an eight died while en route to the hospital, and a ninth passed a few days later.

The National Transportation Safety Board determined that the driver had slept little in the hours preceding the crash and had blurred vision caused by hyperglycemia resulting from poorly controlled diabetes. The NTSB also found that the windows on the driver side of the bus gave way too easily, allowing passengers to be thrown from the vehicle.

Road May Have Also Played a Role in the Crash

In addition to their determinations on the driver and the bus, the NTSB found that the stretch of highway where the crash occurred had not been treated with a common pavement texture that reduces skidding.

Over the past five years, 50 crashes have occurred, resulting in three additional deaths.

A spokesperson for TxDOT’s Laredo district declined to comment, saying more time is needed to review the NTSB’s findings.

National Bus Accident Statistics

  • According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 3,978 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes.
  • The number of injury crashes involving buses and large trucks increased by 55 percent between 2009 and 2014.
  • From 2004 to 2014, intercity bus accidents accounted for 13 percent of all fatal bus crashes. School buses accounted for 41 percent and transit buses accounted for 33 percent.

Contact an Experienced Bus Accident Attorney

If you or your child have been injured in a bus accident, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our team of experienced bus accident attorneys are available to evaluate your claim 24/7, nights and weekends. Thomas J. Henry has the financial resources and the track record of winning that you need in a law firm.



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