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Who is liable after a tour bus accident?

Washington buses have the ability to transport a large number of people at the same time. City buses, school buses and tour buses are a convenient way to get numerous passengers to the same place or area at the same time. While this is a cost-effective and efficient way to get around, buses do pose risks. If a driver is not properly trained or is inattentive, this could result in an accident. Likewise, a negligent motorist could collide with a bus, causing a serious bus accident.

Data for school bus accidents

During the school year, many parents in Washington and other states put their children on school buses as their primary source of transportation to and from school. While this is a common and relatively safe way to get students to school and back to their home, these are also large vehicles that are prone to causing massive accidents. Because a school bus transports a large amount of passengers, it creates a high risk for numerous injuries and even deaths in the event of a school bus accident.

Helping uncover the cause of a bus crash

Sometimes, we are unable to drive ourselves places. Whether one lives in a big city, does not own a vehicle or just wants to better the environment, many Seattle residents utilize public transportation to get around. This is not only convenient, but it also reduces our carbon footprint. While there are many benefits to taking the bus, a train or a taxi, there are also risks. Thee drivers are held to a higher standard, and if they breach their duty of care, this could result in a serious or even fatal public transportation accident.

Judge rules no punitive damages in Seattle accident

As previously discussed, accidents involving busses can be especially tragic. Because these vehicles are designed to hold a multitude of passengers, when an accident ensues, numerous passengers could become victims. Additionally, most buses are not equipped with seatbelts. This can be the cause of passengers being tossed around and thrown about the bus during a collision, resulting in serious and even fatal injuries. Those harmed in a bus accident as well as the loved ones of those killed in a bus crash have recourses available to them if the accident was caused by the negligence of another party.

Helping you recover damages following a bus accident

Most parents in Washington State and other states across the nation rely on school buses to get their children to and from school. While this is an efficient and helpful way to transport students, it is also a form of transportation that could result in a serious accident site if an collision ensues. School buses are massive vehicles that are not equipped with seatbelts, While safety features exist in the vehicle, this does not always prevent or reduce severe injuries being suffered by student passengers.

What is a "notice of claim" in a Seattle bus accident?

The legal term "exhaustion of administrative remedies" is often used when dealing with claims that may arise against governmental entities. While this can have many varied meanings, in general it means that some process or another has been set out by law or regulation by which a person who feels he or she has been wronged by an entity or a government employee may be able to ask for redress of whatever grievance he or she may have. It is often the case that the law requires that this process be completed before any plaintiff may file a civil claim against the government in a court of competent jurisdiction.

Ride share services a new frontier in Seattle injury law

Previous posts here have discussed various mass transit accidents and the damage they can do to the vehicle's passengers, as well as members of the public. While conveyance methods such as busses, taxis and ferries have been around for a hundred years or more, and there are some fairly well-settled rules when it comes to liability involving such companies, there is a new kid on the block of urban transportation: ride-sharing.

Seattle bus accidents not the only source of mass transit injury

Most residents of the greater Seattle metropolitan area will agree that it is a nice place to live. With a cosmopolitan city center, major sports franchises, plenty of artistic outlets, as well as access to nearby outdoor activities like skiing, hiking and water-related activities, the city has much going for it. Then there are the spectacular views of Mount Ranier and other local vistas, making western Washington a beautiful place to live or visit. Like any urban area, however, there are also dangers present underneath that shining façade. Having many people in a small area, and allowing them to travel from place to place relatively conveniently usually means some form of mass transit, like busses or trains. When an accident happens involving one of these vehicles, there are usually many people affected, many of them seriously.

Man injured in collision with METRO bus on Rainier Avenue South

Thumbnail image for King County Metro.jpgYesterday I blogged about the issues and concerns specific to collisions involving public transit busses, particularly King County METRO busses. Little did I know that as I was typing that blog, a man was being cut from his car and transported to Harborview Medical Center after a collision with a METRO bus at the intersection of Rainier Avenue South and South Brandon Street. For more information about the crash, read the article here.

It's like getting hit by a bus

King County Metro.jpgWe've all heard of King County METRO. It Is the government agency that operates the public bus service in King County. I've represented people injured in all kinds of claims involving King County METRO busses. I've represented pedestrians hit by busses, car drivers and passengers injured when their vehicle was hit by a bus, and bus passengers injured when the bus is involved in a collision. Sometimes those collisions are the bus driver's fault. Other times they are the fault of the person driving a car. In every case, there is a specific procedure you or your lawyer need to follow to make sure the claim is handled properly.

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