Accident Involving a Church-owned Bus or Van

Probably no state has more churches than Texas, where many churches use small buses and 15-passenger vans to carry worshipers to weekly meetings and other destinations. When one of these vans or buses is in a traffic accident, it’s often catastrophic. While negligence is the cause of many church van accidents, it isn’t always a driver’s carelessness. Far too frequently, the reason for a church bus crash is poor maintenance leading to blowouts, busted lights, and brake failures. In the Dallas-Fort Worth area, if you or someone you love is injured in an accident involving a church-owned bus or van, speak immediately with an experienced Dallas personal injury lawyer. Churches using small vans must ensure routine maintenance. Assign one person to ensure the vehicle is maintained by a trustworthy repair shop or dealership. Before any long trip, conduct a thorough safety inspection. Don’t let your congregation make news like this:

  • Eight died earlier this year when a church van owned by the Independent Haitian Assembly of God in Fort Pierce, Florida ran off the highway.
  • Last year, 32 children died when a church bus caught fire near Fundacion, Columbia.
  • A 14-year-old girl died in 2011 when a van owned by Destiny Church in Columbia, South Carolina rolled over on Interstate 40.
  • Six died in 2013 when a van owned by Front Street Baptist Church in Statesville, North Carolina was involved in an accident.
  • Three died in September 2013 when a van owned by a Seventh-day Adventist church flipped over on I-75 in Florida.
  • Four died in 2010 when a tire blew out on a van owned by the Tabernacle of Prayer and Deliverance in Columbus, Georgia.

Obviously, nobody wants to sue his or her faith community, but churches typically are insured for these kinds of accidents, and many of these tragedies are not a church’s fault. Liability may fall on a vehicle repair shop, a vehicle or parts maker, or even a government agency that failed to keep the road safe. If you are injured, you’ll need to be compensated for your medical costs and other injury-related costs. In the Dallas-Fort Worth area, if you or someone you love is injured in a church van accident, call an experienced Dallas personal injury lawyer immediately.