Two civil suits filed after Texas bus crash

Two civil suits filed after Texas bus crashSeparate lawsuits have been filed by the families of two victims of the San Marcos, Texas bus crash that injured at least 17 passengers, The American-Statesman reports.

According to the news source, the families are hoping that Mares Bus Lines, a Dallas-based company, will at least pay funds to cover hospital bills.

The crash occurred just after 4 a.m. on Friday, July 1, on Interstate 35 in San Marcos. Four-year-old Crystal Moreno's leg had to be amputated above the knee because of injuries sustained, leading her mother, Rosa Moreno, to sue the bus company on Tuesday, July 12. Francisco Barboza, whose wife sustained serious injuries, is also suing the company, according to The Statesman.

Now, fears are circulating that Mares Bus Lines is not insured after the San Marcos police report stated that the company's insurance had expired. Should this be the case, filing a suit early is imperative due to Texas' "first come, first serve" rule, which could possibly award everything to one "catastrophically injured person," the news outlet stated.

According to the Hays Free Press, Mares Bus Lines has been cited extensively in the past for maintenance and fatigued driver violations, as well as a previous crash which caused three injuries.