A recent near-miss bus accident in Kitsap County ended with two boys' electric bikes damaged, but fortunately no one seriously injured. The incident helps illustrate some of the legal issues involved in bus accidents.
Drivers of large commercial trucks that transport goods across Washington and through other states are bound to abide by certain safety protocols. One of those protocols involves limiting the number of hours these individuals can drive between breaks. These protocols, termed "hours of service" by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration are utilized to prevent driver fatigue and accidents that can happen when drivers are too tired to drive safely.
Although the school year is coming to a close in Washington and other states, the safety of the children that ride these vehicles remains. While these massive vehicles are presumed safe, this does not make them immune from accidents. In fact, when buses are involved in crashes, they have the tendency to be severe, injuring numerous victims.
It is not always possible to travel by personal vehicle. Residents and tourists in Seattle and elsewhere may rely on public transportation to get to and from their destinations. Whether it is to go to the store, work, school or sight seeing, buses are often utilized. While these are convenient ways to get around, they are also prone to certain risks and dangers on the roadways. If a bus driver is not driving safely or the bus is not properly maintained, this could result in a serious bus crash, causing passengers to suffer severe and even fatal injuries.
While school is in session, parents in Washington and other states across the nation often send their child to and from school on a school bus. While these are convenient forms of transportation, they also have some risks and dangers like any form of transportation. Unlike passenger vehicles, school buses are not equipped with seatbelt. Thus, when a school bus gets into a collision, students are often thrown about the vehicle. This could result in serious or fatal injuries, especially if the bus was filled with student passengers at the time of the bus crash.
A trial in the Seattle area is bringing back memories of a terrible accident involving a Ride the Ducks amphibious vehicle and a charter bus. The accident happened in 2015 on a bridge in the area that both the State of Washington and the City have some responsibility. An axle broke off the Ride the Ducks vehicle, sending it across the center and in to the oncoming bus that was full of college students. Five people died in the accident, and over 60 people suffered injuries that were significant enough to be reported.
Whether it is to go to school, get to work or to run errands, buses are used for a wide variety of things. Even if it is not a person's primary source of transportation, a bus passenger assumes the risks associated with riding a bus. Although these are considered relatively safe motor vehicles, when these massive vehicles are involved in a crash, they have the tendency of being large accidents involving numerous victims.
School is resuming in Washington, and many parents are getting ready to send their children on the school bus. Even if it is not the child's first time, there are many concerns. These are massive vehicles that carry numerous passengers. And, when a collision occurs, many victims result.
When traveling on a city bus, individuals in Seattle and other cities across the nation think of the convenience that this mode of transportation offers. For the most part, public bus systems offer safe and reliable transportation. However, like other motor vehicles, buses can be involved in crashes. When a bus accident occurs, passengers could suffer much hardship, as the injuries involved in the collisions could be severe and traumatic.
While owning and operating a personal vehicle is common in Washington State, some residents rely on public transportation to get around. Whether it is to commute to work, go on a day trip, head to school or go site seeing, transit buses and coach buses are frequently used to get numerous passengers to various destinations. While it is a convenient way to get around, it is also a mode of transportation that has its risks. If a bus driver is not operating a bus safely or are upholding his or her duty to drive the bus safely, this could result in a bus accident.