HOUSTON, TEXAS (December 13, 2016) – A recently released federal investigation has indicated that a faulty guardrail may be at least partially responsible for the severity of a bus crash on September 15, 2015, according to a local news source.
The accident happened when a Houston Independent School District bus was hit by another vehicle, which caused it to crash through the guardrail lining a bridge above Telephone Road on the eastbound lanes of I-610. Two of the students inside, 17 year old Mariya Johnson, and 14 year old Janecia Chatman, did not survive the accident.
The NTSB’s recently released report indicates their inspection of the guardrail indicates it had suffered severe damage in a prior accident, and the bolts that had been bent in the accident had simply been bent back instead of being replaced. Posts were repaired with mortar instead of being replaced as well, resulting in inferior overall quality. The guardrail was also from the 1970s, and was not rated for an impact like a bus at highway speeds.
The investigation is still ongoing, but the reports are troubling. Guardrails must be properly maintained, and either replaced or repaired adequately after an impact of any kind. Prior accidents can weaken and damage a guardrail, and many times cities or counties do not properly repair the guardrails, or repair them at all. If you have suffered an injury or have lost a loved one as a result of a faulty guardrail, do not hesitate. Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer today.
Losing a loved one is an extremely difficult time for any family member or friend affected by a tragedy. If you have lost a loved one due to someone’s negligence, you may have the right to a wrongful death claim against the responsible party. Lexton Law Firm strongly encourages anyone who may find themselves in this situation to give us a call today at (877) 541-2111. We will fight hard to obtain the care you deserve and just compensation that you and your family are entitled.