A bus driver who is not adequately rested is putting innocent people at risk – the passengers as well as others on the road.
San Antonio, TX (PRWEB) September 27, 2013
San Antonio bus accident lawyer Jorge Herrera of the Herrera Law Firm, Inc., today said a recent VIA Metropolitan Transit bus accident allegedly caused by a driver who admitted he was tired illustrates the dangers of drowsy driving.
According to KENS5 (“Surveillance video from VIA bus shows drowsy driver accident,” August 7), a VIA Metropolitan Transit bus driver said he was tired and at fault in causing a July 23 bus accident that injured ten.
“All drivers on the road have the responsibility of ensuring the safety of themselves and others,” said Herrera, who represents victims of negligence and families who lost loved ones in accidents. “As the news of this accident illustrates, driving while fatigued can have serious consequences.”
The report states that the accident occurred after the bus driver ran a red light and crashed into two cars. Surveillance footage shows the bus driver on the phone admitting fault for the accident.
KENS5 reported that the driver admitted he was tired and didn’t realize the light was red until it was too late. In addition, the story reports that the driver’s 8-hour shift at another job had ended just hours before his 7:15 p.m. bus shift.
“We all need to be aware that driving while fatigued can cause lapses in judgment,” said Herrera, an auto accident attorney in San Antonio. “It’s important for drivers in San Antonio and all over Texas to make sure they’re well-rested if they’re going to be driving for long distances or for extended periods of time.”
Herrera said drivers – whether operating a commercial vehicle or a passenger car – should not try to “push on” when feeling sleepy. “Bus drivers certainly need to be well rested. A bus driver who is not adequately rested is putting innocent people at risk – the passengers as well as others on the road,” he said. “If you are driving a passenger car, you should stop when you feel the first signs of sleepiness, even if it’s earlier than planned. If you can’t stop for the night, pull over at a rest area and take a nap, which might be enough to overcome fatigue.”
About The Herrera Law Firm, Inc.
Founded in 1983, The Herrera Law Firm, Inc., has successfully represented thousands of individuals and families who have been dealt catastrophic blows due to personal injuries from oil field accidents, car accidents, tractor-trailer truck accidents, construction accidents, workplace injuries, dangerous drugs and defective medical device injuries. The law firm’s mission is to rectify the wrongs committed against its clients so that they can regain their dignity, rebuild their lives, and reclaim financial stability. The Herrera Law Firm, Inc. is located at 111 Soledad St., Suite 1900, San Antonio, TX 78205. For more information about what to do if you’ve been injured in a bus accident, visit http://www.herreralaw.com. Call (800) 455-1054 or complete the online contact form.